In Vivo Imaging of MSCs

Part of the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine book series (STEMCELL)


Clinical applications of mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs) to treat a myriad of diseases are currently being initiated. For MSC therapy to become common practice, basic questions about the fate of MSCs once administered need to be addressed. These include the biodistribution, survival, and differentiation of MSCs. In this chapter, several imaging techniques are described that can be used to interrogate these questions in a clinically applicable manner, and several examples are discussed. Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/radioisotope imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) cell-tracking techniques are the two modalities that likely will become mainstays in clinical practice.


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Firefly Luciferase Peak Emission Wavelength Sodium Iodide Symporter Undifferentiated MSCs 
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Bioluminescent imaging


Food and Drug Administration


9-(4-[18F] Fluoro-3-hydroxymethylbutyl) guanine




Green fluorescent protein


Herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase


Myocardial infarct


Mesenchymal stem cell


Magnetic resonance imaging


Positron emission tomography


Single-photon emission computed tomography


Superparamagnetic iron oxide



The author is supported by grant MSCRFII-0161-00.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of MR Research and Cellular Imaging Section, Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Institute for Cell EngineeringThe Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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