The establishment of a bank of stored clinical bone marrow stromal cell products
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) derived from various sources have great potential for use in cell-based therapies. Since the proportion of primary MSCs contained in bone marrow or adipose tissue is low, plastic adherence and in vitro expansion are necessary to expand MSCs prior to clinical application. Human platelet-rich plasma has been introduced as an alternative serum source but functional differences have so far not been described. Here we cultured MSCs derived from human bone marrow in medium supplemented with either 10% fetal calf serum (FCS) or 5% and 10% platelet-rich plasma (PRP) until the first or second passage. Parameters under investigation were cell yield, clonogenicity, phenotype as well as migratory and differentiation potential. In addition, the secretion of SDF-1α and the induced migration of CD34(+) haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) were investigated with regard to the different serum source. The use of PRP resulted in a significantly higher expansion rate and yield at passages 0 and 1. In addition, the level of secreted SDF-1α was significantly increased in the supernatant of MSCs cultured with FCS instead of human PRP. Consistent with this, the migration capacity of MSCs cultured with 10% FCS as well as their capability to induce the migration of CD34(+) haematopoietic progenitors in a transwell assay was higher. Our results demonstrate that human PRP can be seen as an alternative serum source to FCS for MSC cultivation. However, the requirements of the specific clinical application must be carefully considered before the respective serum source is selected.