Long-term effects of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells in dextran sulfate sodium-induced murine chronic colitis

Hyun Jung Lee, Sun Hee Oh, Hui Won Jang, Ji Hee Kwon, Kyoung Jin Lee, Chung Hee Kim, Soo Jung Park, Sung Pil Hong, Jae Hee Cheon, Tae Il Kim, Won Ho Kim

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Background/Aims: Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) have shown beneficial effects in experimental colitis models, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. We investigated the long-term effects of BM-MSCs, particularly in mice with chronic colitis. Methods: Chronic colitis was induced by administering 3% dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) in a series of three cycles. BMMSCs were injected intravenously into DSS-treated mice three times during the first cycle. On day 33, the therapeutic effects were evaluated with clinicopathologic profiles and histological scoring. Inflammatory mediators were measured with real-time polymerase chain reaction. Results: Systemic infusion of BM-MSCs ameliorated the severity of colitis, and body weight restoration was significantly promoted in the BMMSC-treated mice. In addition, BM-MSC treatment showed a sustained beneficial effect throughout the three cycles. Microscopic examination revealed that the mice treated with BM-MSCs had fewer inflammatory infiltrates, a lesser extent of inflammation, and less crypt structure damage compared with mice with DSS-induced colitis. Anti-inflammatory cytokine levels of interleukin-10 were significantly increased in the inflamed colons of BM-MSC-treated mice compared with DSS-induced colitis mice. Conclusions: Systemic infusion of BM-MSCs at the onset of disease exerted preventive and rapid recovery effects, with long-term immunosuppressive action in mice with repeated DSS-induced chronic colitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-419
Number of pages8
JournalGut and liver
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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