Cartilage repair using stem cells & biomaterials: advancement from bench to bedside


Osteoarthritis (OA) involves gradual destruction of articular cartilagemanifested by pain, stiffness of joints, and impaired movement especially in knees and hips. Non-vascularity of this tissue hinders its self-regenerative capacity and thus, the application of reparative or restorative modalities becomes imperative in OA treatment. In recent years, stem cell-based therapies have been explored as potential modalities for addressing OA complications. While mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) hold immense promise, the recapitulation of native articular cartilage usingMSCs remains elusive. In this review, we have highlighted the chondrogenic potential of MSCs, factors guiding in vitro chondrogenic differentiation, biomaterials available for cartilage repair, their current market status, and the outcomes of major clinical trials. Our search on using terms “stem cell” and “osteoarthritis” yielded 83 results. An analysis of the 29 trials that have been completed revealed differences in source of MSCs (bone marrow, adipose tissue, umbilical cord etc.), cell type (autologous or allogenic), and dose administered. Moreover, only 02 out of 29 studies have reported the use of matrix for cartilage repair. From future perspective, aconsensus on choice of cells, differentiation inducers, biomaterials, and clinical settings might pave a way for concocting robust strategies to improve the clinical applicability of biomimetic neocartilage constructs.

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Kakkar, A., Singh, A., Saraswat, S.K. et al. Cartilage repair using stem cells & biomaterials: advancement from bench to bedside. Mol Biol Rep (2020).

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