Isolation of mesenchymal stem-like cells in meningioma specimens

Hyo Yeol Lim, Kyung Min Kim, Bo Kyung Kim, Jin Kyoung Shim, Ji Hyun Lee, Yong Min Huh, Se Hoon Kim, Eui Hyun Kim, Eun Kyung Park, Kyu Won Shim, Jong Hee Chang, Dong Seok Kim, Sun Ho Kim, Yong Kil Hong, Su Jae Lee, Seok Gu Kang

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Cells resembling bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) have been isolated from glioma specimens; however, little is known about the existence of mesenchymal stem-like cells (MSLCs) in meningioma. Here, we hypothesized that cells similar to BM-MSCs exist in meningioma specimens and sought to investigate whether these putative meningioma stroma MSLCs (MS-MSLCs) could be isolated. To this end, we cultured fresh meningioma specimens using the same protocols as used previously to isolate BM-MSC. Cultured cells were analyzed for surface markers associated with BM-MSCs by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) and candidate cells were exposed to mesenchymal differentiation conditions. Possible locations of MS-MSLCs were determined by immunohistochemical analysis of sections of meningioma specimens. Spindle-shaped and, adherent cells similar to BM-MSCs were isolated in 2 of 20 meningioma specimens. FACS analysis showed that the surface markers of MS-MSLCs were similar to those of BM-MSCs and the chosen cells demonstrated an ability to differentiate into osteogenic, adipogenic and chondrogenic cells. The tumorigenicity of MS-MSLCs was tested by injection of these cells into the brain of athymic nude mice; no tumors were subsequently discovered. Immunohistochemical analyses indicated that CD105+ cells were closely associated with endothelial cells and pericytes in meningioma specimens. Our results established for the first time that cells similar to BM-MSCs exist in meningioma specimens. These cells, termed MS-MSLCs, could be one component of the meningioma cellular microenvironment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1260-1268
Number of pages9
JournalInternational journal of oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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