Adult Stromal (Skeletal, Mesenchymal) Stem Cells: Advances Towards Clinical Applications

  • Abbas Jafari
  • Linda Harkness
  • Walid Zaher
  • Moustapha KassemEmail author
Part of the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine book series (STEMCELL)


Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) are non-hematopoietic adult stromal cells that reside in a perivascular niche in close association with pericytes and endothelial cells and possess self-renewal and multi-lineage differentiation capacity. The origin, unique properties, and therapeutic benefits of MSC are under intensive investigation worldwide. Several challenges with regard to the proper source of clinical-grade MSC and the efficacy of MSC-based treatment strategies need to be addressed before MSC can be routinely used in the clinic. Here, we discuss three areas that can potentially facilitate the translation of MSC into clinic: Generation of MSC-like cells from human pluripotent stem cells, strategies to enhance homing of MSC to injured tissues, and targeting of MSC in vivo.


Mesenchymal stem cells MSC-like cells Pluripotent stem cells Homing In vivo targeting 



Age-related macular degeneration


Acute myocardial infarction




C-C Chemokine receptor type 1


C-X-C Chemokine receptor type 4


Embryoid body


Focal adhesion kinase


Good manufacturing practice


Human embryonic stem cells


Human leukocyte antigen


Human pluripotent stem cells


Inner cell mass


Induced pluripotent stem cells


Major histocompatibility complex




Mesenchymal stem cells


Runt-related transcription factor 2


Severe combined immunodeficiency


Stromal cell-derived factor-1


Small-interfering RNA


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abbas Jafari
    • 1
    • 2
  • Linda Harkness
    • 1
  • Walid Zaher
    • 1
    • 3
  • Moustapha Kassem
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Endocrine Research Laboratory (KMEB), Department of Endocrinology and MetabolismOdense University Hospital & University of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark
  2. 2.Danish Stem Cell Center (DanStem), Institute of Cellular and Molecular MedicineUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.Stem Cell Unit, Department of Anatomy, College of MedicineKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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