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Electro-Acupuncture Promotes Endogenous Multipotential Mesenchymal Stem Cell Mobilization into the Peripheral Blood.

Citation Source: 
Cell Physiol Biochem. 2016 Apr 18;38(4):1605-1617. [Epub ahead of print] http://www.karger.com/?DOI=10.1159/000443101

Authors
Liu L, Yu Q, Hu K, Wang B, Zhang Y, Xu Y, Fu S, Yu X, Huang H.

Abstract
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Mobilization of endogenous stem cells is an appealing strategy for cell therapy However, there is little evidence for reproducible, effective methods of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) mobilization. In the present study, we investigated the mobilizing effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) on endogenous MSCs.

METHODS: Normal adult rats were randomly divided into six groups, namely, EA for 14 days (EA14d), sham EA14d, EA21d, sham EA21d and matched control groups. MSC mobilization efficiency was determined by colony-forming unit fibroblast (CFU-F) assays. Mobilized peripheral blood (PB)-derived MSCs were identified by immunophenotype and multi-lineage differentiation potential.

RESULTS: CFU-F frequency was significantly increased in the PB of EA14d rats compared with the sham EA and control groups. Moreover, the number of CFU-Fs was increased further in the EA21d group. MSCs derived from EA-mobilized PB were positive for CD90 and CD44, but negative for CD45. Additionally, these cells could differentiate into adipocytes, osteoblasts, chondrocytes and neural-like cells in vitro. Finally, stromal cell-derived factor-1α (SDF-1α) was increased in the PB of rats subjected to EA, and the migration of MSCs was improved in response to SDF-1α.

CONCLUSIONS: MSCs with multi-lineage differentiation potential can be mobilized by EA. Our data provide a promising strategy for MSC mobilization.

© 2016 The Author(s) Published by S. Karger AG, Basel.

From Electro-Acupuncture Promotes Endogenous Multipotential Mesenchymal Stem Cell Mobilization into the Peripheral Blood. - PubMed - NCBI

Discussion: 

The authors discuss Electro-acupuncture's action of mobilising Mesenchymal Stem Cell, into peripheral blood circulation. As discussed here, these cells can differentiate into bone, cartiledge, muscle, or fat cells.

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