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Tracking iron oxide labelled mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a rat model of hepatic cirrhosis



Abdulwahab Noorwali1,*, Mamdooh Faidah2, Naushad Ahmed3, Abdulhadi Bima4



1Stem Cell Unit, King Fahd Medical Research Centre, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia; 2Department of Medical Laboratory, College of Health Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589 Saudi Arabia; 3Department of Radiology, King Abdul Aziz University Hospital, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 2189, Saudi Arabia; 4Department of Clinical Biochemistry, King Abdul Aziz University Hospital, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 2189, Saudi Arabia.



Abdulwahab Noorwali - E-mail:; Mamdooh Faidah - E-mail:; Naushad Ahamed - E-mail:; Abdulhadi Bima - E-mail:; *Corresponding author


Article Type

Research Article



Received December 4, 2018; Accepted December 24, 2018; Published January 31, 2019



Homing and tumor attenuation potential of BM-MSCs labelled with superparamagnetic iron-oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) in a rat model of hepatic cirrhosis was evaluated. Rat BM-MSCs were derived, characterized and labelled with SPIONs (200 nm; 25 mg Fe/ml). Hepatic cirrhosis was induced in Wistar rats (n=30; 10/group) with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4; 0.3 mL/kg body weight) injected twice a week for 12 weeks. Group-I was administered vehicle (castor-oil) alone; Group-IIreceived two doses of unlabelled BM-MSCs (3x106 cells) and Group-III received two doses of SPIONs labelled BM-MSCs (3x106 cells) via tail vein injection (0.5 ml) at weekly intervals. All animals were sacrificed after two weeks for histological, radiological and biochemical analysis.Derived BM-MSCs demonstrated MSCs related CD markers. Histology confirmed induction of hepatic cirrhosis with CCL4. Levels of alanine-aminotransferase, aspartate-aminotransferase, alkaline-phosphatase and gamma glutamyl-transferase returned to normal levels following treatment with BM-MSCs. Uptake and homing of SPIONs labelled BM-MSCs, and reduction in the size of cirrhotic nodules were confirmed using transmission electron microscopy and magnetic resonance imaging respectively. BM-MSCs reduced the pathological effects of CCL4 induced hepatic cirrhosis and labelling BMMSCs with SPIONs were non-toxic and enabled efficient tracking using non-invasive methods.



Stem cells, Liver Cirrhosis, Nanoparticles, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Transmission Electron Microscopy, in vivo



Noorwali et al. Bioinformation 15(1): 1-10 (2019)


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Biomedical Informatics



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