Mesenchymal stem cells from human fat engineered to secrete BMP4 are nononcogenic, suppress brain cancer, and prolong survival

Qian Li, Olindi Wijesekera, Sussan J. Salas, Joanna Y. Wang, Mingxin Zhu, Colette Aprhys, Kaisorn L. Chaichana, David A. Chesler, Hao Zhang, Christopher L. Smith, Hugo Guerrero-Cazares, Andre Levchenko, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa

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Purpose: Glioblastoma is the most common adult primary malignant intracranial cancer. It is associated with poor outcomes because of its invasiveness and resistance to multimodal therapies. Human adiposederived mesenchymal stem cells (hAMSC) are a potential treatment because of their tumor tropism, ease of isolation, and ability to be engineered. In addition, bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4) has tumorsuppressive effects on glioblastoma and glioblastoma brain tumor-initiating cells (BTIC), but is difficult to deliver to brain tumors.Wesought to engineer BMP4-secreting hAMSCs (hAMSCs-BMP4) and evaluate their therapeutic potential on glioblastoma. Experimental Design: The reciprocal effects of hAMSCs on primary human BTIC proliferation, differentiation, and migration were evaluated in vitro. The safety of hAMSC use was evaluated in vivo by intracranial coinjections of hAMSCs and BTICs in nude mice. The therapeutic effects of hAMSCs and hAMSCs-BMP4 on the proliferation and migration of glioblastoma cells as well as the differentiation of BTICs, and survival of glioblastoma-bearing mice were evaluated by intracardiac injection of these cells into an in vivo intracranial glioblastoma murine model. Results: hAMSCs-BMP4 targeted both the glioblastoma tumor bulk and migratory glioblastoma cells, as well as induced differentiation of BTICs, decreased proliferation, and reduced the migratory capacity of glioblastomas in vitro and in vivo. In addition, hAMSCs-BMP4 significantly prolonged survival in a murine model of glioblastoma. We also demonstrate that the use of hAMSCs in vivo is safe. Conclusions: Both unmodified and engineered hAMSCs are nononcogenic and effective against glioblastoma, and hAMSCs-BMP4 are a promising cell-based treatment option for glioblastoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2375-2387
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2014

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  • General Medicine


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