Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy

Anthony Atala  
Wake Forest University School of Medicine,
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston Salem, NC 27157


Controversies About the Chromosomal Stability of Cultivated Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Their Clinical Use is it Safe?

Author(s): Reginaldo Justino Ferreira, Ana Carolina Irioda, Ricardo Correa Cunha, Julio Cesar Francisco, Luiz Cesar Guarita-Souza, Garikipati Venkata Naga Srikanth, Soniya Nityanand, Roberto Rosati, Juan Carlos Chachques, Katherine Athayde Teixeira de Carvalho.


The usefulness of adult stem cells in research and therapeutic applications highly relies on their genomic integrity and stability. Many laboratories including ours have addressed this concern using methods such as karyotyping, Qbanding, fluorescent in situ hybridization, array CGH, flow cytometry and Pap test to evaluate number and structure of chromosomes and cellular phenotype. This review attempts to summarize the findings reported so far for the studies on chromosomal aberrations in adult stem cells and warrant to perform certain basic tests before transplantation to avoid any adverse reactions, which will thus aid in better therapeutic output after cellular transplantation in the treatment of various diseases.

Keywords: Adult stem cell, chromosomal abnormalities, FISH, genetic screening, in vitro transformation, karyotyping, MSC cultivation, neoplastic transformation of MSC, stem cell (SC) biology.

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Article Details

Year: 2012
Page: [356 - 363]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/157488812802481472
Price: $58