Sources of Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Current and Future Clinical Use

  • Michela Pozzobon
  • Martina Piccoli
  • Paolo De Coppi


Despite the lack of international criteria defining the biological properties and surface markers that must possess mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), it become of paramount importance to know the different sources and the clinical applications of these promising stem cells. In this chapter we overview the most important sources of MSC from the inner cell mass of the blastocyst to the adult source and landing to the induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS). Following the criteria defining MSC properties so far observed, we drew the attention on the role of MSC as tool for regenerative medicine and therapeutic purposes.

Graphical Abstract


Adult MSC Amniotic fluid Adipose tissue Cord blood iPS Therapeutic applications of MSC 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michela Pozzobon
    • 1
    • 2
  • Martina Piccoli
    • 1
    • 2
  • Paolo De Coppi
    • 4
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Woman and Child HealthUniversity of PadovaPaduaItaly
  2. 2.Città della Speranza FoundationMonte di Malo VicenzaItaly
  3. 3.UCL Institute of Child HealthSurgery Unit, Great Ormond Street Hospital, University CollegeLondonUK
  4. 4.Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric SurgeryUniversity of PadovaPaduaItaly

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