Stromal cell-induced immune regulation in a transplantable lymphoid-like cell constructs

Yael Kaminer-Israeli, Jenny Shapiro, Smadar Cohen, Alon Monsonego

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Engineering of cell-based constructs for treating a variety of immune-related diseases by local transplantation of the cells in a pre-designed matrix is an emerging therapeutic approach, which can potentially reduce the side effects associated with systemic cell injection. Stromal cells have been shown to exert immunosuppressive properties and thus can be exploited for autoimmune regulation and cell transplantation. Here, we demonstrate the fabrication of a stromal cell-based construct, which serves as a lymphoid-like organ with immune regulatory characteristics. In the proposed system, stromal cells are co-seeded with dendritic cells (DC) in a macro-porous alginate scaffold containing the encephalitogenic myelin-derived peptide, proteolipid protein (PLP). We demonstrate that the presence of stromal cells attenuates DC maturation upon lipopolysaccharide stimulus. In vitro, we show that while the migration of pathogenic PLP-specific T cells to construct cultivated with or without stromal cells does not differ, their activation and proliferation are significantly suppressed in the presence of stromal cells. Upon in vivo transplantation, under the kidney capsule of mice, the pathogenic activation and proliferation of T cells which were drawn into the construct were suppressed in the co-seeded constructs. This system thus serves as a lymphoid-like organ with regulatory characteristics, which can be applied for local tolerance induction, for application in cell transplantations as well as autoimmune diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9273-9284
Number of pages12
Issue number35
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • Alginate scaffold
  • Dendritic cells
  • Immune regulation
  • Stromal cells


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