Int J Stem Cells.  2019 Mar;12(1):84-94. 10.15283/ijsc18102.

Effect of Substrate Topography and Chemistry on Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Markers: A Transcriptome Study

Affiliations
  • 1Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. hui.wang@eng.ox.ac.uk, hua.ye@eng.ox.ac.uk
  • 2Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
  • 3BGI-Shenzhen, Shenzhen 518083, China.
  • 4Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research, Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu, China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
The International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) proposed a set of minimal markers for identifying human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) in 2007. Since then, with the growing interest of better characterising hMSCs, various additional surface markers have been proposed. However, the impact of how culture conditions, in particular, the culture surface, vary the expression of hMSC markers was overlooked.
METHODS AND RESULTS
In this study, we utilized the RNA sequencing data on hMSCs cultured on different surfaces to investigate the variation of the proposed hMSC biomarkers. One of the three ISCT proposed positive biomarker, CD90 was found to be significantly down regulated on hMSCs culture on fibrous surfaces when compared to flat surfaces. The detected gene expression values for 177 hMSCs biomarkers compiled from the literature are reported here. Correlation and cluster analysis revealed the existence of different biomarker communities that displayed a similar expression profile. We found a list of hMSCs biomarkers which are the least sensitive to a change in surface properties and another list of biomarkers which are found to have high sensitivity to a change in surface properties.
CONCLUSIONS
This study demonstrated that substrate properties have paramount effect on altering the expressions of hMSCs biomarkers and the proposed list of substrate-stable and substrate-sensitive biomarkers would better assist in the population characterisation. However, proteomic level analysis would be essential to confirm the observations noted.

Keyword

Human mesenchymal stromal cells; Surface markers; Cell biomaterial interactions; Next generation sequencing; Quality control; Regenerative medicine

MeSH Terms

Biomarkers
Chemistry*
Gene Expression
Humans*
Mesenchymal Stromal Cells*
Quality Control
Regenerative Medicine
Sequence Analysis, RNA
Surface Properties
Transcriptome*
Biomarkers
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