International Journal of Hematology

, Volume 82, Issue 2, pp 152–158 | Cite as

Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Stem Cell Transplant Recipients Are Damaged and Remain of Host Origin

  • Jing Wang
  • Kaiyan Liu
  • Dao-Pei Lu


The aim of this study was to investigate the expansion capacity and origin of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in 34 patients who received a sex-mismatched stem cell transplant (SCT). Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis of the amelogenin gene (AMEL) was used to detect donor-derived MSCs. Cultured MSCs were hybridized with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) probes for chromosomes X and Y to distinguish cells of donor origin from those of host origin. The MSCs of 31 of the 34 patients showed confluent stroma, and the MSCs from 24 of these 31 patients were successfully passaged more than 5 times and were able to be used for PCR and FISH analyses. The colony-forming unit-fibroblast, confluence time, and passage numbers of the MSCs and the colony-forming capacity of the hematopoietic progenitor cells of the patients were significantly different from those of 30 healthy control subjects. Flow cytometry results showed that the proportion of CD14+CD45+ cells, which are regarded as monocytes/macrophages, in cultured MSCs (fifth passage) was less than 0.04%. PCR and FISH analyses revealed that the MSC-derived cells in all 24 patients were from the host. In conclusion, the expansion capacity of MSCs in patients who receive an SCT is damaged, and the MSCs originate from the host.

Key words

Mesenchymal stem cells Expansion capacity Origin Stem cell transplant 


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© The Japanese Society of Hematology 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Peking University Institute of HematologyPeking University People’s HospitalBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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