Journal Article Characteristics of three-dimensional prospectively isolated mouse bone marrow mesenchymal stem/stromal cell aggregates on nanoculture plates

Obara, Chizuka  ,  Tomiyama, Kenichi  ,  Takizawa, Kazuya  ,  Rafiqul, Isram  ,  Yasuda, Takeshi  ,  Gotoh, Takaya  ,  Tajima, Katsushi

366 ( 1 )  , pp.113 - 127 , 2016-04 , Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Three-dimensional (3-D) aggregate culturing is useful for investigating the functional properties of mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs). For 3-D MSC analysis, however, pre-expansion of MSCs with two-dimensional (2-D) monolayer culturing must first be performed, which might abolish their endogenous properties. To avoid the need for 2-D expansion, we used prospectively isolated mouse bone marrow (BM)-MSCs and examined the differences in the biological properties of 2-D and 3-D MSC cultures. The BM-MSCs self-assembled into aggregates on nanoculture plates (NCP) that have nanoimprinted patterns with a low-cellular binding texture. The 3-D MSCs proliferated at the same rate as 2-D-cultured cells by only diffusion culture and secreted higher levels of pro-angiogenic factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). Conditioned medium from 3-D MSC cultures promoted more capillary formation than that of 2-D MSCs in an in vitro tube formation assay. Matrigel-implanted 3-D MSC aggregates tended to induce angiogenesis in host mice. The 3-D culturing on NCP induced alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) expression in MSCs without the application of AFP- or endodermal-inducible factors, possibly via an HGF-autocrine mechanism, and maintained their differentiation ability for adipocytes, osteocytes, and chondrocytes. Prospectively isolated mouse BM-MSCs expressed low/negative stemness-related genes including Oct3/4, Nanog, and Sox2, which were not enhanced by NCP-based 3-D culturing, suggesting that some of these cells differentiate into meso-endodermal layer cells. Culturing of prospectively isolated MSCs on NCP in 3-D allows the analysis of the biological properties of more closely endogenous BM-MSCs and might contribute to tissue engineering and repair.

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