Monitoring transplanted adipose tissue-derived stem cells combined with heparin in the liver by fluorescence imaging using quantum dots

Hiroshi Yukawa, Masaki Watanabe, Noritada Kaji, Yukihiro Okamoto, Manabu Tokeshi, Yoshitaka Miyamoto, Hirofumi Noguchi, Yoshinobu Baba, Shuji Hayashi

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Abstract

Adipose tissue-derived stem cell (ASC) transplantation, when used in combination with heparin, has proven to be an effective treatment for acute liver failure in mice. However, the behavior and organ-specific accumulation of transplanted ASCs alone or in combination with heparin is poorly understood. In this paper, we investigated whether quantum dots (QDs) labeling using octa-arginine peptide (R8) for ASCs could be applied for invivo fluorescence imaging in mice with acute liver failure, and analyzed the behavior and organ-specific accumulation of ASCs that were transplanted alone or in combination with heparin using an IVIS ® Spectrum analysis. Almost all of the transplanted ASCs were observed to accumulate in the lungs within 10min without heparin. However, when heparin was used in combination with the ASCs, the accumulation of the transplanted ASCs was found not only in the lungs but also in the liver. The region of interest (ROI) analysis of exvivo fluorescence imaging showed that the accumulation rate of transplanted ASCs in the liver increased to about 30%. In the time course analysis, the accumulation rate of ASCs in the liver was about 10% in 1 day and was maintained at that level for at least 2 day. We observed that heparin was effective for increasing the accumulation of transplanted ASCs in the liver using fluorescence imaging technology. We suggest that fluorescence imaging by means of QDs labeling using R8 can be useful for tracing the transplanted cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2177-2186
Number of pages10
JournalBiomaterials
Volume33
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biophysics
  • Biomaterials
  • Mechanics of Materials

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