The present study was conducted to introduce the use of a delivery carrier for local transplantation of human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (AdMSCs) into the salivary gland (SG) and analyse its ability to enhance radioprotection of AdMSCs against irradiation (IR)-induced damage. An injectable porcine small intestinal submucosa (SIS) matrix was used as a cell delivery carrier, and human AdMSCs were contained within SIS hydrogel (AdMSC/SIS). After local injection into SGs of mice following local IR, morphological and functional changes were evaluated in the sham, vehicle [phosphate-buffered saline (PBS)], SIS, AdMSC and AdMSC/SIS groups. Local transplantation of AdMSC resulted in less fibrosis, regardless of the use of a carrier, but the AdMSC/SIS group showed more mucin-producing acini relative to those in the PBS group. Functional restoration of salivation capacity and salivary protein synthesis was achieved in AdMSC and AdMSC/SIS groups, with a greater tendency being observed in the AdMSC/SIS group. AdMSC treatment resulted in tissue remodelling with a greater number of salivary epithelial cells (AQP-5), SG progenitor cells (c-Kit), endothelial cells (CD31) and myoepithelial cells (α-SMA), among which endothelial and myoepithelial cells significantly increased in the AdMSC/SIS group relative to the AdMSC group. AdMSC treatment alleviated IR-induced cell death, and the anti-apoptotic and anti-oxidative effects of AdMSC were enhanced in the AdMSC/SIS group relative to the AdMSC group. These results suggest local transplantation of AdMSC improves tissue remodelling following radiation damage in SG tissue, and that use of a carrier enhances the protective effects of AdMSC-mediated cellular protection against IR via paracrine secretion.
|Journal||Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2018 Feb 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Biomedical Engineering