Neuroprotective Effects of Genome-Edited Human iPS Cell-Derived Neural Stem/Progenitor Cells onTraumatic Brain Injury

Ryotaro Imai, Ryota Tamura, Masahiro Yo, Mizuto Sato, Mariko Fukumura, Kento Takahara, Yoshitaka Kase, Hideyuki Okano, Masahiro Toda

研究成果: ジャーナルへの寄稿学術論文査読

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Despite developing neurosurgical procedures, few treatment options have achieved functional recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Neural stem/progenitor cells (NS/PCs) may produce a long-term effect on neurological recovery. Although induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) can overcome ethical and practical issues of human embryonic or fetal-derived tissues in clinical applications, the tumorigenicity of iPSC-derived populations remains an obstacle to their safe use in regenerative medicine. We herein established a novel treatment strategy for TBI using iPSCs expressing the enzyme-prodrug gene yeast cytosine deaminase-uracil phosphoribosyl transferase (yCD-UPRT). NS/PCs derived from human iPSCs displayed stable and high transgene expression of yCD-UPRT following CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing. In vivo bioluminescent imaging and histopathological analysis demonstrated that NS/PCs concentrated around the damaged cortex of the TBI mouse model. During the subacute phase, performances in both beam walking test and accelerating rotarod test were significantly improved in the treatment group transplanted with genome-edited iPSC-derived NS/PCs compared with the control group. The injury area visualized by extravasation of Evans blue was smaller in the treatment group compared with the control group, suggesting the prevention of secondary brain injury. During the chronic phase, cerebral atrophy and ventricle enlargement were significantly less evident in the treatment group. Furthermore, after 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC) administration, 5-fluorouracil converted from 5-FC selectively eliminated undifferentiated NS/PCs while preserving the adjacent neuronal structures. NS/PCs expressing yCD-UPRT can be applied for safe regenerative medicine without the concern for tumorigenesis.

ジャーナルStem Cells
出版ステータス出版済み - 06-2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 医学一般


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