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Mapping transplanted stem cell migration after a stroke: a serial, in vivo magnetic resonance imaging study

Modo, Michel and Mellodew, Karen and Cash, Diana and Fraser, Scott E. and Meade, Thomas J. and Price, Jack and Williams, Steven C. R. (2004) Mapping transplanted stem cell migration after a stroke: a serial, in vivo magnetic resonance imaging study. NeuroImage, 21 (1). pp. 311-317. ISSN 1053-8119. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2003.08.030.

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Preferential migration of stem cells toward the site of a lesion is a highly desirable property of stem cells that allows flexibility in the site of graft implantation in the damaged brain. In rats with unilateral stroke damage, neural stem cells transplanted into the contralateral hemisphere migrate across to the lesioned hemisphere and populate the area around the ischaemic infarct. To date, the migration of neural stem cells in the damaged brain has been mainly inferred from snapshot histological images. In this study, we demonstrate that by pre-labelling neural stem cells with the bimodal contrast agent Gadolinium-RhodamIne Dextran [GRID, detectable by both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescent microscopy], the transhemispheric migration of transplanted neural stem cells contralateral to a stroke lesion can be followed in vivo by serial MRI and corroborated by subsequent histological analyses. Our results indicate that neural stem cells migrated from the injection tract mainly along the corpus callosum within 7 days of transplantation and extensively re-populated the peri-lesion area by 14 days following implantation. In contrast, neural stem cells transplanted into sham controls did not show any substantial migration outside of the injection tract, suggesting that the transcallosal migration observed in the stroke-lesioned animals is due to neural stem cells being attracted by the lesion site. In vivo tracking of the migration of neural stem cells responding to damage will greatly enhance our understanding of optimal transplantation strategies as well as how neural stem cells promote functional and anatomical recovery in neurological disorders.

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Additional Information:© 2003 Elsevier Inc. Received 5 June 2003; revised 22 August 2003; accepted 22 August 2003. Available online 19 November 2003. The authors thank the UK Medical Research Council (MRC-ROPA grant G0000966) for their generous support. The MRI spectrometer was provided by the University of London Intercollegiate Research Service scheme and is located at Queen Mary College London managed by Dr. Alisdair Preston. The authors also thank ReNeuron for the use of their confocal microscope and the use of MHP36 cells.
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Medical Research Council (MRC)G0000966
Subject Keywords:MCAo; Neural stem cells; Migration; Contrast agent; Cell tracking; Neural transplants; MRI
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Official Citation:Michel Modo, Karen Mellodew, Diana Cash, Scott E Fraser, Thomas J Meade, Jack Price, Steven C.R Williams, Mapping transplanted stem cell migration after a stroke: a serial, in vivo magnetic resonance imaging study, NeuroImage, Volume 21, Issue 1, January 2004, Pages 311-317, ISSN 1053-8119, (
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