Georgi N. - MicroRNA Levels as Prognostic Markers for the Differentiation Potential of Human Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Donors

Nicole Georgi, Hanna Taipaleenmaeki, christian raiss, Mrs. Nathalie Groen, Dr. Karolina Portalska, Prof. Clemens van Blitterswijk, Jan de Boer, Janine N. Post, Dr. Andre van Wijnen, and Dr. Marcel Karperien

Stem Cells and Development - 2015


The ability of human mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (hMSCs) to differentiate into various mesenchymal cell lineages makes them a promising cell source for the use in tissue repair strategies. Because the differentiation potential of hMSCs differs between donors, it is necessary to establish biomarkers for the identification of donors with high differentiation potential. Here, we show that microRNA (miRNA) expression levels are effective for distinguishing donors with high differentiation potential from low differentiation potential. Twenty human MSC donors were initially tested for marker expression and differentiation potential. In particular, chondrogenic differentiation potential was evaluated on the basis of histological matrix formation, mRNA expression levels of chondrogenic marker genes, and quantitative glycosaminoglycan deposition. Three donors out of twenty were identified as donors with high chondrogenic potential, whereas nine showed moderate and eight low chondrogenic potential.