Existence of glioma stroma mesenchymal stemlike cells in Korean glioma specimens

Young Goo Kim, Soyoun Jeon, Ga Yeong Sin, Jin Kyoung Shim, Bo Kyung Kim, Hye Jin Shin, Ji Hyun Lee, Yong Min Huh, Su Jae Lee, Eui Hyun Kim, Eun Kyung Park, Se Hoon Kim, Jong Hee Chang, Dong Seok Kim, Sun Ho Kim, Yong Kil Hong, Seok Gu Kang, Frederick F. Lang

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Purpose: It was presented that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be isolated from western glioma specimens. However, whether MSCs exist in glioma specimens of different ethnicities is unknown. To verify the existence of MSCs in an independent cohort, we undertook studies to isolate MSCs from a group of Korean patients. We hypothesized that cells resembling MSCs that were deemed mesenchymal stemlike cells (MSLCs) exist in an independent cohort of Korean gliomas. Methods: We cultured fresh glioma specimens using the protocols used for culturing MSCs. The cultured cells were analyzed with fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) for surface markers associated with MSCs. Cultured cells were exposed to mesenchymal differentiation conditions. To presume possible locations of MSLCs in the glioma, sections of glioma were analyzed by immunofluorescent labeling for CD105, CD31, and NG2. Results: From nine of 31 glioma specimens, we isolated cells resembling MSCs, which were deemed Korean glioma stroma MSLCs (KGS-MSLCs). KGS-MSLCs were spindle shaped and adherent to plastic. KGS-MSLCs had similar surface markers to MSCs (CD105+, CD90+, CD73+, and CD45-). KGS-MSLCs were capable of mesenchymal differentiation and might be located around endothelial cells, pericytes, and in a disorganized perivascular area inside glioma stroma. Conclusions: We found that cells resembling MSCs indeed exist in an independent cohort of glioma patients, as presented in western populations. We could presume that the possible location of KGS-MSLCs was in perivascular area or in glioma stroma that was a disorganized vascular niche. It might be possible that KGS-MSLCs could be one of constituent of stroma of glioma microenvironment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-563
Number of pages15
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr

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Acknowledgments This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2009–0071299 and 2010–0004506) and a grant from the National R&D Program for Cancer Control, Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, Republic of Korea (1020340). The authors wish to acknowledge the financial support of the Catholic Medical Center Research Foundation made in the program year of 2010. We would also like to thank Hyun-Soo Mok for her technical support with the orthotopic glioma model and Yoon-Kyung Park for her technical support with the flow cytometry experimentation.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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