Transplantation of a multipotent cell population from human adipose tissue induces dystrophin expression in the immunocompetent mdx mouse

J Exp Med. 2005 May 2;201(9):1397-405. doi: 10.1084/jem.20042224.


Here, we report the isolation of a human multipotent adipose-derived stem (hMADS) cell population from adipose tissue of young donors. hMADS cells display normal karyotype; have active telomerase; proliferate >200 population doublings; and differentiate into adipocytes, osteoblasts, and myoblasts. Flow cytometry analysis indicates that hMADS cells are CD44+, CD49b+, CD105+, CD90+, CD13+, Stro-1(-), CD34-, CD15-, CD117-, Flk-1(-), gly-A(-), CD133-, HLA-DR(-), and HLA-I(low). Transplantation of hMADS cells into the mdx mouse, an animal model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, results in substantial expression of human dystrophin in the injected tibialis anterior and the adjacent gastrocnemius muscle. Long-term engraftment of hMADS cells takes place in nonimmunocompromised animals. Based on the small amounts of an easily available tissue source, their strong capacity for expansion ex vivo, their multipotent differentiation, and their immune-privileged behavior, our results suggest that hMADS cells will be an important tool for muscle cell-mediated therapy.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / cytology*
  • Animals
  • Cell Differentiation*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • DNA Primers
  • Dystrophin / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Humans
  • Immunocompetence / physiology*
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Infant
  • Karyotyping
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred mdx
  • Multipotent Stem Cells / transplantation*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / metabolism
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Transplantation, Heterologous


  • DNA Primers
  • Dystrophin