Q&A: Mesenchymal stem cells - where do they come from and is it important?

Iain R Murray, Bruno Péault

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Abstract / Description of output

Mesenchymal stem - or stromal - cells (MSCs) have been administered in hundreds of clinical trials for multiple indications, making them some of the most commonly used selected regenerative cells. Paradoxically, MSCs have also long remained the least characterized stem cells regarding native identity and natural function, being isolated retrospectively in long-term culture. Recent years have seen progress in our understanding of the natural history of these cells, and candidate native MSCs have been identified within fetal and adult organs. Beyond basic knowledge, deciphering the biology of innate MSCs may have important positive consequences for the therapeutic use of these cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99
JournalBMC Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2015


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