MSCs for Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Maria Ester Bernardo
  • Angela Maria Cometa
  • Franco Locatelli
Part of the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine book series (STEMCELL)


Recent experimental findings and clinical trials have shown the ability of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) to home to damaged tissues and to produce paracrine factors with anti-inflammatory properties, resulting in reduction of inflammation and functional recovery of the damaged tissues. These properties, in the context of regenerative medicine, are being tested in chronic inflammatory disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Phase I–II clinical trials indicate that intravenous and local injection of ex vivo-expanded MSCs are feasible and safe in luminal and fistulizing Crohn’s Disease (CD) and in end-stage liver diseases. Large randomized clinical trials are warranted to properly establish the role of MSC therapy for these diseases, in comparison with conventional treatment. This chapter focuses on recent research on the anti-inflammatory/reparative properties of MSCs and discusses the potential clinical applications of MSC-based cellular therapy in GI disorders.


Celiac Disease Hepatocyte Growth Factor Fibrin Glue Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Fistula Track 
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This work has been partly supported by grants from Istituto Superiore di Sanità (National Program on Stem Cells), MIUR (Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca, Progetti di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale, PRIN), from Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC) special grant “5 × 1,000” to FL, and from AIRC IG9062 to MEB.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Ester Bernardo
    • 1
  • Angela Maria Cometa
    • 1
  • Franco Locatelli
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ematologia ed Oncologia PediatricaIRCCS Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino GesùRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric Hematology/OncologyIRCCS Bambino Gesù Children’s HospitalRomeItaly
  3. 3.University of PaviaPaviaItaly

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