Progrès et perspectives dans les cellules souches pour la régénération du cartilage
Les caractéristiques histologiques du cartilage attirent l'attention sur le fait que le cartilage a une faible capacité à se réparer en raison du manque d'approvisionnement en sang, nerfs, ou lymphangion. Les cellules souches sont devenues une option prometteuse dans le domaine de l'ingénierie tissulaire du cartilage et de la médecine régénérative et pourraient conduire à la réparation du cartilage.. De nombreuses recherches ont examiné la régénération du cartilage à l'aide de cellules souches. pourtant, le potentiel et les limites de cette procédure restent controversés. Cette revue présente un résumé des tendances émergentes en ce qui concerne l'utilisation des cellules souches dans l'ingénierie tissulaire du cartilage et la médecine régénérative. En particulier, il se concentre sur la caractérisation des cellules souches du cartilage, la différenciation chondrogénique des cellules souches, and the various strategies and approaches involving stem cells that have been used in cartilage repair and clinical studies. Based on the research into chondrocyte and stem cell technologies, this review discusses the damage and repair of cartilage and the clinical application of stem cells, with a view to increasing our systematic understanding of the application of stem cells in cartilage regeneration; additionally, several advanced strategies for cartilage repair are discussed.
Cartilage defects, the most common disease of joints, can cause swelling, douleur, and subsequent loss of joint function . The capacity for cartilage self-repair is limited due to its unique structure, as it lacks blood supply, nerfs, and lymphangion; cartilage absorbs supplements mainly from the synovial fluid. Par conséquent, traumatic articular cartilage injury and early osteoarthritis (OA) cause pain, accelerate arthrosis, and cause severe dysfunction. Meniscus injury results in pain to patients, limits their movement, and can accelerate the occurrence and development of OA. Intervertebral disc cartilage injury is one of the leading causes of chronic back pain .
Cartilage injury and subsequent tissue degeneration can cause long-term chronic diseases; moreover, such damage consumes large amounts of medical resources . pourtant, the field of regenerative medicine has shown promising developments in the repair of damaged cartilage.
Seed cells are the key components of regenerative medicine, which leads to healing. Autologous cartilage is the gold standard for cartilage seed cells in regenerative medicine . Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) has been applied widely with confirmed clinical effects in terms of repairing cartilage defects [5, 6]. As the donor source for autologous chondrocytes is limited, cells must be amplified in monolayers in vitro before implantation to meet the requirements of repair. pourtant, the expansion of monolayers can cause rapid chondrocyte dedifferentiation, leading to loss of the original cell phenotype . Compared with normal cartilage cells, dedifferentiated chondrocytes are more likely to generate fibrous cartilage instead of hyaline cartilage; the latter has better biomechanical properties and is more durable. pourtant, autologous cartilage transplantation requires a second surgical operation and increases the risk of injury to healthy cartilage in the donor area. Chondrocytes maintain their phenotype when cultured in vivo with cytokines in three-dimensional (3ré) cultures [8, 9]. pourtant, the clinical application of autologous chondrocyte repair is limited.
Cellules souches have the potential for self-renewal and differentiation into multiple cell lines. Stem cells can be divided into three main categories: cellules souches embryonnaires (CES), cellules souches pluripotentes induites (CSPi), and adult stem cells . ESCs are derived from the inner cell mass of blastocyst-stage embryos . iPSCs can be derived from somatic cells via genetic reprogramming . Adult stem cells are isolated from various adult tissues . ESCs and iPSCs are pluripotent cells that differentiate into cells of all three lineages: ectoderme, mesoderm, and endoderm . Adult stem cells are subdivided into multipotent and unipotent stem cells; unipotent cells can differentiate only into one cell type, such as satellite stem cells or epidermal stem cells. Multipotent cells can differentiate into several cell types in one lineage; par exemple, Les cellules souches mésenchymateuses (MSCs) can differentiate into osteoblasts, chondrocytes, and fat cells . The capacity for self-renewal and the potential for multiple differentiation of stem cells, such as ESCs, CSPi, and MSCs, have been studied widely in the field of tissue regeneration. en outre, studies involving MSCs have been fully applied in the clinical setting . Dans cette revue, we focus on the cartilage injury mechanism and treatment strategies and studies of stem cells in the field of cartilage regeneration.
2. Characterization of Cartilage Stem Cells
Based on the continuous damage-repair theory, Dowthwaite et al. were the first to describe cartilage stem cells (CSCs) on the surface of articular cartilage . They discovered that CSCs and fibronectin have a close interrelationship. en outre, they showed that CSCs have high colony-forming efficiency and can express Notch 1, which plays an important role in the early steps in notch signaling, inducing chondrogenesis .
CSCs also exist in patients with end-stage OA , and cells with chondrogenic potential can migrate rapidly into damaged cartilage to downregulate the expression of Runx-2, an osteogenic transcription factor, and enhance the expression of Sox-9, a chondrogenic transcription factor. By regulating Runx-2 and Sox-9 to inhibit osteogenesis in the damaged cartilage, CSCs can facilitate chondrogenesis to improve cartilage self-repair . The matrix synthesis potential of CSCs can be increased without altering their migratory capacity. While cartilage cells usually exist in the surface of cartilage [16, 18], Yu et al. found in 2014 that CSCs also exist in the deep zone of cartilage ; one-third of the surface area contains more cartilage stem cells than two-thirds of the deep area.
Different regions have distinct gene expression patterns and specific differentiation potential, and these features may be related to the unique properties of the superficial and deep zone stem cells, thereby participating in articular cartilage homeostasis. Zhou et al. ont montré que, compared with chondrocytes, cartilage stem cells can overexpress chemokines such as interleukin-8 (IL-8) and C-C motif ligand 2 (CCL-2). pourtant, during pellet cultivation, the content of glycosaminoglycan (GAG) is lower than that in cartilage cells . CSCs overexpress chemokines, which increases immune cells. en outre, they mediate inflammation during the processes of cartilage damage and repair. After chondrogenic induction, collagen type II and aggrecan can be detected (but not collagen type X), which differs from bone marrow stem cells (BMSC) . pourtant, collagen type X is closely related to cartilage degeneration and aging . Meanwhile, inducing BMSCs and CSCs into chondrocytes in vitro is more likely to lead to cell hypertrophy. Several studies have reported that CSCs have a better effect than synoviocytes in terms of cartilage induction in vitro . These results suggest that CSCs might have a stronger potential than MSCs (BMSCs and synoviocytes) for cartilage induction.
Dans 2016, Jiang et al. further studied human cartilage-derived stem cells and their potential in the clinical application of cartilage tissue repair . Using in vitro and in vivo experiments, they compared the chondrogenic ability of cartilage stem cells that had been cultured under different conditions. They found that, in the low-density, low-glucose 2-dimensional (2DLL) medium, cartilage stem cells can differentiate into cartilage spontaneously, without being induced, which supports potential for clinical applications. One of the in vivo studies included 15 patients undergoing cartilage repair surgery with cartilage progenitor cells, each of whom had a 6–13 cm2 area of damage. Récemment, Huang et al. found stem cells in the meniscus . They compared several characteristics of meniscus-derived stromal cells, autologous BMSCs, and fibrochondrocytes, including their morphology, proliferation, colony formation, immunocytochemistry, and multidifferentiation. Both meniscus-derived stromal cells and BMSCs have a marker related to stem cells. en outre, they can differentiate into osteocytes, adipocytes, and chondrocytes in vitro. Compared with BMSCs, pourtant, more meniscus-derived stromal cells can differentiate into cartilage, which means that they are more effective at chondrogenesis.
Sang et al. isolated nucleus pulposus stem cells (NPSCs) and annulus fibrosus stem cells (AFSCs) from intervertebral discs . Both disk stem cells can form colonies and express stem cell markers during early cell passages, and each type of stem cell has different characteristics that reflect the tissue function that they represent.
There is a gap between the cell phenotype and the potential for regeneration between regular articular cartilage and induced cartilage formed by differentiated cartilage stem cells. This difference affects the ability to form hyaline cartilage of high quality. pourtant, compared with most stem cells, cartilage stem cells have a superior potential for cartilage regeneration . Studies of CSCs are still in the early stage, and further studies are needed to understand their role in cartilage regeneration. Autologous stem cells face similar problems to those of ACI, such as risk of injury to healthy cartilage, the requirement for a second operation, and a series of issues that present during cartilage defect repair. In overcoming problems of cellular immune rejection or cells with low immunogenicity, allogeneic cartilage stem cells present an attractive approach for cartilage defect repair .
3. Chondrogenic Differentiation of Stem Cells
Stem cells have the potential for multiple differentiation and self-replication, making them an ideal choice for use as seed cells in cartilage tissue engineering. An important step in the tissue engineering of cartilage is the induction of stem cells (including ESCs, CSPi, and adult stem cells) into chondrocytes. Through tissue engineering, ESCs can be induced to form chondrocytes that repair cartilage damage . Because undifferentiated ESCs have a high risk for tumorigenicity and teratoma, it is important to use stable and effective culture conditions to amplify ESCs and induce them to differentiate into a specific chondrogenic lineage . Many strategies have been applied to induce ESC differentiation into chondrogenic lineage , comprenant (1) embryoid body formation, a strategy that imitates the early stage of embryonic development as the ectoderm, mesoderm, and ectoderm; (2) differentiation into MSCs, a method that takes advantage of the immune exemption features and higher security of MSCs, which facilitates cartilage tissue engineering; et (3) the use of growth factors and cytokines such as members of the TGF-β family (e.g., TGF-β1 and TGF-β2), BMP family (e.g., BMP-2, BMP-4, and BMP-6), PDGF-bb, IGF-1, and sonic hedgehog protein (SHH). Several other strategies have been used that are similar to adult stem cell strategies, such as chondrocyte or fibrocyte coculture, 3D culture to change the cell microenvironment, hypoxia induction, and mechanical stimulation .
iPSCs can be derived from somatic cells through genetic reprogramming . ESCs and iPSCs display self-replication and pluripotency, with iPSCs having distinct ethical advantages over ESCs. Originally, four factors—octamer-binding transcription factors 3 et 4 (3 octobre), Kruppel-like factor 4 (Klf4), v-myc avian myelocytomatosis viral oncogene homolog (c-myc), and Sox-2—were identified in a mouse model as being involved in changing fibroblasts into iPSCs . Of the four, Oct3/4 and Sox-2 are transcription factors, while Klf4 and c-myc are genes that are upregulated in tumors . This discovery was a breakthrough in the stem cell field and provided a new tool in gene therapy and tissue engineering. Depuis, somatic cells, fibroblasts, and chondrocytes have been reprogrammed successfully to become iPSCs and differentiate into chondrogenic lineage . iPSCs derived from fibroblasts of skin can be induced into chondrocytes. Additionally, based on the HLA phenotype, it is possible to build an iPSC library that can provide allogeneic iPSCs. Cells from the library can be induced into chondrocytes to regenerate cartilage. This strategy is advantageous because it limits costs while offering wide coverage . Compared with other iPSC lines, the iPSC line derived from chondrocytes can express higher quantities of aggrecan gene products . en outre, the expression of cartilage-related genes does not differ from that of chondrogenic markers. iPSC technology offers a new and safe way to repair cartilage. This process will require optimization of the production process, a better understanding of the biological characteristics, and establishment of a differentiation strategy to achieve a productive and functional chondrocyte-like cell line.
MSCs are considered to be the most promising cells for cartilage regeneration by cell transplantation, and they have been applied clinically . MSCs that differentiate into chondrocytes are induced by molecules, cytokines (which are mainly growth factors), and the microenvironment in cultured cells. Chondrogenesis from MSCs can be divided into three stages . Premier, the stem cells condense and cell-to-cell interactions occur. MSCs begin to express adhesion molecules, such as N-cadherin, tenascin-C, and neural cell adhesion molecule (N-CAM). The condensation of MSCs is crucial during the early stage of chondrogenesis. ensuite, transcription mediators are activated, such as bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), Sox-9, PTHrP/IHH, and the FGF signaling pathways . finalement, extracellular matrix (ECM) and precartilage cells are formed. Following the formation of precartilage, the perichondrial cells proliferate rapidly, secrete more ECM, and differentiate fully.
Mature chondrocytes localize at cartilage tissue. The ability of chondrocytes to maintain their phenotype is closely related to the conditions of their local microenvironment , including the type of 3D extracellular matrix, hypoxic conditions, chargement mécanique, et structure morphologique spécialisée . De même, Les CSM nécessitent des conditions spécifiques pour se différencier en chondrocytes. La coculture des chondrocytes et des MSC est une nouvelle façon de cultiver des cellules afin que les chondrocytes puissent induire des MSC, et les CSM peuvent favoriser la prolifération des chondrocytes .
4. Mécanismes et traitement des lésions cartilagineuses
4.1. Cartilage articulaire
Des lésions du cartilage articulaire peuvent survenir lors de blessures violentes, maladie inflammatoire chronique telle que la polyarthrite rhumatoïde (EN DEHORS), ou des maladies dégénératives des articulations telles que l'arthrose. Plusieurs mécanismes importants liés à l'apparition et au développement de lésions et de dégénérescence du cartilage comprennent des réactions inflammatoires qui modifient le phénotype des chondrocytes, la perte de composants ECM, et dommages et refactoring de l'unité cartilage-os . Les cytokines inflammatoires jouent un rôle important dans la progression de la dégénérescence du cartilage, et le blocage de certaines cytokines inflammatoires peut retarder la dégénérescence du cartilage. Les cytokines inflammatoires sont sécrétées par les cellules mononucléées, qui induisent une hyperplasie de la membrane synoviale . Des études suggèrent que les réactions inflammatoires n'existent que dans le tissu synovial, mais des études récentes ont également confirmé la survenue d'une inflammation du cartilage. Les chondrocytes sont séparés de l'hypertrophie dégénérée du cartilage articulaire in vitro . La modification du phénotype des chondrocytes les empêche de produire des composants ECM cartilagineux, tels que le protéoglycane et le collagène de type II, qui sont nécessaires pour maintenir les caractéristiques biologiques des cellules cartilagineuses. inversement, les chondrocytes peuvent réduire la proportion de protéoglycane et produire plus de collagène de type X, qui est liée à la sénescence cellulaire . Le cartilage articulaire et l'os sous-chondral forment une unité organique cartilage-os inséparable; En réalité, les dommages et la dégénérescence du cartilage articulaire sont certains de provoquer une destruction osseuse sous-chondrale . en outre, la séparation du cartilage articulaire et de l'os sous-chondral provoque une ostéochondrite disséquante (TOC).
Les stratégies de traitement des lésions du cartilage articulaire comprennent des stratégies de traitement palliatif, le débridement arthroscopique et les stratégies de traitement des arthroplasties, et stratégies de traitement régénératif.
Les stratégies de traitement palliatif incluent principalement la physiothérapie (stimulation thermique et électrique, ultrasons à haute intensité, champs électromagnétiques pulsés, ondes millimétriques, ultrason, et thérapie laser de bas niveau), programmes de perte de poids et de renforcement musculaire, et médicaments (la glucosamine et la chondroïtine sont utilisées pour traiter les défauts du cartilage, et bien qu'aucun médicament ne soit utilisé pour atténuer les symptômes, il a été prouvé qu'ils inversent ou suspendent la progression de la dégénérescence du cartilage). Stratégies de traitement par injection, par rapport à la chirurgie, offrent commodité et faible risque. Le matériau injecté peut avoir un effet direct sur le cartilage articulaire et rester longtemps dans la cavité articulaire. En raison de ces caractéristiques, de nombreuses études différentes sur les stratégies de traitement par injection dans la cavité articulaire ont été rapportées, se rapportant, par exemple, au plasma riche en plaquettes (PRP) [72, 73], stratégies d'administration de médicaments , stabilisation par polyphénols du collagène cartilagineux contre la dégradation, action du récepteur IL-1 comme antagoniste contre le métabolisme de la lubrifine et la dégénérescence du cartilage, les activités de la rapamycine , alendronate , acide hyaluronique , bone morphogenetic protein-7 , and lidocaine , which reduce live chondrocytes and change the gene expression of COL II and aggrecan, and intra-articular steroid injections . Arthroscopic debridement is used mainly in the middle-late stage of articular cartilage degeneration. Although arthroscopic debridement as a treatment of knee OA has been widely adopted as a surgical option, its efficacy has been controversial [81–83].
Arthroscopic debridement includes articular cavity flushing, meniscus partial nephrectomy, the removal of loose bodies, removal of the synovial membrane, chondroplasty, and osteophyte resection. Studies have shown that arthroscopic debridement can relieve short-term symptoms, especially in patients with OA with acute pain and patients with loose bodies in the articular cavity. L'arthroplastie a été largement utilisée dans le traitement des lésions du cartilage articulaire de stade avancé, le remplacement étant généralement du genou ou de la hanche .
Le ménisque est composé de fibres latérales et de tissus chondroïdes transparents médiaux. Il disperse la pression entre les plates-formes tibiales et le condyle fémoral. Les dommages au ménisque sont souvent dus à une violence directe et peuvent également refléter une dégénérescence chronique . Comme une blessure au cartilage, la lésion du ménisque montre des limites dans l'auto-réparation. Seule la fibre latérale, qui a un approvisionnement en sang, peut être cousu, mais les dommages à cette fibre sont assez rares. En plus de provoquer un mouvement restreint de l'articulation du genou, une lésion du ménisque modifie également la structure mécanique de l'articulation, accélération de la dégénérescence du cartilage. Le traitement le plus couramment utilisé pour les lésions méniscales est la suture arthroscopique ou la résection. Cette procédure peut fournir la meilleure stabilité mécanique dans le ménisque et la force de liaison la plus forte dans la zone endommagée. Les lésions du ménisque qui ne peuvent pas être suturées sont généralement traitées par mérotomie du ménisque et résection du ménisque . La greffe d'allogreffe de ménisque et les matériaux synthétiques ont été appliqués cliniquement et ont montré une meilleure prévention de la dégénérescence de l'articulation du genou par rapport à la résection du ménisque [87, 88]. De nombreux rapports décrivant l'utilisation de l'ingénierie tissulaire associée aux cellules souches pour traiter les lésions méniscales ont démontré des avantages dans la régénération du ménisque, prometteur pour les futurs traitements des blessures du ménisque [89, 90].
4.3. Disque intervertébral
De nombreux patients souffrent de maux de dos (prévalence à vie allant jusqu'à 84%) . Bien que le mal de dos soit une maladie complexe qui peut être affectée par plusieurs facteurs, la majorité des maux de dos chez les patients sont causés par une blessure aiguë et une dégénérescence du disque intervertébral . Le disque intervertébral est formé par le noyau interne du nucleus pulposus (Par exemple) et l'anneau fibreux, qui entoure le NP. Le premier se compose de cellules de disque intervertébral de type chondrocyte, collagène non arrangé, et des composants de matrice de type gel riches en protéoglycanes. NP se compose de fibres de collagène parallèles qui forment un arrangement circulaire et de cellules ressemblant à des fibroblastes . La plupart des blessures aiguës dues à une force mécanique provoquent la rupture de l'anneau fibreux, et NP hernie opprime les tissus environnants, entraînant des symptômes cliniques. La pathogenèse de la dégénérescence du disque intervertébral n'est pas claire; pourtant, the increased rate of intervertebral disc cell death, loss of the ECM, change of phenotype of the intervertebral disc cells, and excessive inflammatory reaction are thought to play a key role in intervertebral disc degeneration .
Acute damage and degeneration of the lumbar joints are treated mainly by conservative or surgical treatments. If conservative treatment fails, surgery can be attempted to relieve the neurothlipsis. pourtant, these interventions are focused on alleviating symptoms, rather than constituting a regenerative treatment. Dans les années récentes, the introduction and development of bioregenerative therapies have delayed intervertebral disc degeneration and allowed for tissue repair (c'est à dire., ECM repair and regeneration). Bioregenerative therapies include gene therapy, targeting of biological factors, microRNA (miRNA) traitement , and tissue engineering based on stem cells [2, 61]. Among those bioregenerative therapies, the percutaneous injection of MSCs has been used clinically and has had a remarkable effect on improving discogenic pain . These technologies can change the metabolism in the microenvironment of intervertebral discs and allow for intervertebral disc tissue regeneration, while maintaining the original biomechanics of the spine . Although few clinical studies have examined MSCs injection, they have proved their safety and feasibility for improving discogenic pain. pourtant, more clinical research is needed to support these benefits .
5. Regenerative Medicine in Cartilage Repair
The theory of microfracture in articular cartilage regeneration is based on the assumption that pluripotent stem cells, which are mainly BMSCs from bone marrow, can reach the damaged area by microfracture gap . At the end of the procedure, it is important to assess whether there are fat granules overflowing from the bone marrow to verify the correct hole depth. Microfracture technology is reported to work best when the damaged area is 2–4 cm2 . This technology exploits the multipotent capability of stem cells and accomplishes cartilage repair at low cost and with little surgical damage. pourtant, the method causes fibrous cartilage formation in the repaired tissue, rather than the hyaline cartilage found in normal articular cartilage, which affects the biological performance [4, 100].
Mosaicplasty, also known as autologous osteochondral transplantation, employs osteochondral plugs removed from a non-weight-bearing region of the joint to fill the damaged area. First applied in 1997, mosaicplasty is not strictly considered as a regenerative technology, and it also runs the risk of early failure of transplantation. en outre, this technology can only repair damaged areas < 4 cm2 . Cartilage that forms in the damaged area by autologous osteochondral transplantation is the same hyaline cartilage as normal cartilage. Mosaicplasty technology gives better results than microfracture repairs, but ACI in turn has more advantages than mosaicplasty .
The use of scaffolding can provide a 3D microenvironment for cartilage cells, solving the problem of chondrocyte differentiation in monolayer cultures. The scaffold prevents loss of chondrocytes, which grow in oriented scaffolding that simulates the normal arrangement of chondrocytes and thus forms a bionic structure . By means of their mechanical properties, scaffolds can provide benefits for patients in early rehabilitation. Scaffolding is one of the most important components of tissue engineering . Combined with various cartilage-related cytokines, it can be used to raise autologous stem cells to complete tissue repair status in the damaged region, including stem cells from blood, liquide synovial, synovial tissues, and cartilage. Stem cells loaded on the scaffold can be induced in vivo under a specific microenvironment. With the continuous development of material science and the application of 3D printing technology to the field of tissue engineering, cartilage repair combined with scaffold materials offers a promising future direction for articular cartilage, ménisque, and intervertebral disc repair [105, 106].
5.4. ACI and MACI
First applied in 1994, ACI has been reported widely with its satisfactory long-term, mid-term clinical results and magnetic resonance imaging (IRM) result . Patients receiving ACI are generally <50 years old, and the area of damage is >1 cm2, and cartilage injury is a type caused by acute trauma . Compared with preliminary stage, ACI has explored much more indications than before. There is quite a challenge that cartilage damage repair has been reported with better clinical effectiveness, such as in patients with failed cartilage repair surgery , early stage OA , older age , complex patellofemoral lesions , deep osteochondral lesions, and OCD . Peterson et al. summarized 224 cartilage damage patients who had been treated by ACI in the past 20 ans . The subjective scores have a significant increase compared with preoperation time. The report also points out that 74% of the patients feel better or stable and 92% of the patients are satisfied with their treatment. Despite subchondral cysts, osteophytes, bone marrow edema, and other common side effects, ACI still has an excellent clinical result in the long run. pourtant, this procedure also has several shortcomings, such as a second incision during gaining periosteal patch, hypertrophy in the repair area, and chondrocyte leakage . It has been reported that utilizing collagen I or III membrane instead of periosteal patch can avoid a second incision and reduce the incidence rate of hypertrophy. MACI can avoid the cell leakage problem with the 3D culture of the cell. But no matter ACI or MACI, the chondrocyte phenotype maintenance is still a formidable issue during cell culture. Compared with prolonged monolayer culture in ACI, MACI can provide a 3D-culture microenvironment for chondrocyte adhesion, proliferation, and matrix secretion to maintain the chondrocyte phenotype . It has been reported that 3D-culture microenvironment  and coculture  of stem cells with chondrocytes can do better in chondrocyte phenotype maintenance, which is the key point to determine the clinical effects of ACI and MACI, which needs more studies in the future.
5.5. Stem Cells and the Effect of Stem Cells on Cartilage Repair
In the past decade, stem cell-based treatment has been applied widely, and the number of studies on this topic has increased rapidly. Aujourd'hui, such treatment is an important branch of regenerative medicine. Stem cells have two effects: they have the potential for multiple differentiation and they have paracrine and immunomodulatory abilities, which are both important features in cartilage regeneration using MSCs [117, 118]. The fact that stem cells can differentiate into cartilage cells and that a scaffold can be utilized for cell attachment makes this system amenable to cartilage tissue engineering with stem cells in the clinic. Laboratory studies and clinical evidence show that stem cells are an efficient method for treating traumatic bone-cartilage injury . Although the application of stem cells combined with scaffold materials, by using tissue engineering technology, can achieve a satisfactory repair effect, no studies have shown that the repair effect of stem cells is better than that of chondrocytes. The application of stem cells combined with scaffold, for tissue engineering of traumatic cartilage damage, has a satisfactory effect, but little success has been reported in terms of the repair of OA cartilage degeneration.
This treatment is based on the paracrine and immunomodulatory effects of stem cells. Most stem cell OA treatments involve injections to insert stem cells into the damaged area of the articular cavity. Meniscus injury is treated with articular cavity injection [120, 121], while intervertebral disc damage is treated with local injection [122, 123]. Although the mechanism is not fully understood, the effect is clear, especially for the treatment of OA. Many pathological reports and randomized controlled trials have demonstrated therapeutic effects. Stem cells secrete mediators that promote endogenous growth, stimulate self-proliferation of progenitor cells, and inhibit chondrocyte apoptosis or cartilage degeneration, achieving cartilage regeneration and cartilage protection . en outre, several studies have shown that the inflammatory response in the injured area inhibits damage repair by endogenous stem cells or progenitor cells (such as cartilage stem cells) .
6. Clinical Applications of Thérapie de cellules souches in Cartilage Repair
Compared with ESCs and iPSCs, adult stem cells are more secure and are therefore applied first in clinical therapy. MSCs are the most representative adult stem cells and are used widely in clinical cartilage regeneration. MSCs can be derived from various sources, such as bone marrow, fat, placenta, sang de cordon ombilical, membrane synoviale, sang périphérique, tendons, and cartilage. BMSC, ADSC, synovial mesenchymal stem cells (SMSCs), peripheral blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells (PBMSCs), and other stem cells have been applied in clinical cartilage damage repair with satisfactory results (Table 1). Table 2 summarizes the results of a PubMed database search for clinical trials involving stem cells in cartilage regeneration, published from 2000 until the end of June 2016. Several recent studies have investigated allogeneic BMSCs for treating OA, demonstrating their safety and effectiveness in cartilage repair. en outre, ADSCs have been studied in recent years in terms of cartilage repair. Compared with BMSCs, ADSCs have certain advantages in the treatment of cartilage damage. Osteoporosis causes a decline in the quantity and quality of BMSCs, but ADSCs can be used to address this condition. The safety of cartilage damage repair is higher when the stroma vascular fraction (SVF) is not cultured in vitro. After liposuction surgery, tissu adipeux, in the form of medical waste, can be reused. The most attractive reason for using PBMSCs is that they are easily acquired and require only one-step surgery for cartilage repair. Few studies have described the use of SMSCs and chondrocyte-derived progenitor cells (CDPCs) to repair cartilage damage, and further clinical tests are required to clarify their advantages and disadvantages. CDPCs originate from cartilage tissue and have a superior ability to differentiate into cartilage. Tissues requiring repair generally include the meniscus of the knee joint and talus cartilage; damage to these regions is limited mainly to cartilage damage or early OA. Cells can be delivered using a variety of methods such as simple direct injection of MSCs, or MSCs mixed with hyaluronic acid (HA), PRP, or glue, as well as MSCs combined with scaffold.
Cell type Cell source Location Injury type Cell carrier Cases (n) Follow-up Description Results
CDPCs Autologous, cartilage-derived Knee AC Cartilage defects Collagen type I/III scaffold 15 12 months Compared with BMSCs, the chondrogenic potential was better Ectopic calcification and vascularization were not found in tissue biopsies of four patients. The clinical scores of all patients showed improvement; function improved and pain was relieved. 2016 
BMSCs Autologous Knee AC OA Injection 3 5 years Update of a previous study Long-term follow-up of stem cell injection showed good prognosis for patients with early-stage OA. 2016 
BMSCs Allogenic Knee AC OA Injection BMSCs: 15
HA: 15 12 months RCT Compared to the HA group, the function recovery and quality of regenerated cartilage are meaningfully enhanced in the BMSC group. 2015 
BMSCs Allogenic Knee AC and meniscus OA Injection Low-dose: 18
HA: 19 2 years Partial medial meniscectomy RCT Knee joint pain was relieved, and MRI showed meniscus regeneration in the stem cell group. 2014 
BMSCs Autologous Knee AC OA Injection 12 2 years Update of a previous study Pain was relieved after 1 year of treatment, which continued through year 2. MRI showed better quality of cartilage in year 2 compared to year 1. 2014 
BMSCs Autologous Knee AC OA Cartilage defects Injection HA + BMSC: 28
HA: 28 2 years RCT high tibial osteotomy + microfracture Effectively improving both short-term clinical and cartilage repair tissue scores. 2013 
BMSCs Autologous Ankle Chondral defects Collagen membrane 25 2 years Matrix-associated stem cell transplantation Good clinical scores and no complications. 2013 
BMSCs Autologous Knee AC Cartilage defects Injection periosteal patch Microfracture + BMSC + HA: 35
BMSC + patch: 35 2 years Microfracture + BMSC + HA are comparable to BMSCs + patch, but minimally invasive. 2012 
SMSCs Autologous Knee AC + meniscus Cartilage defects Arthroscopic transplantation 10 37–80 months 10% autologous human serum used to expand cells MRI scores, Lysholm score, and qualitative histology all show that SMSC transplantation is meaningful. 2015 
ADSCs Autologous Knee AC Cartilage defects Arthroscopic ADSCs + microfracture + fibrin glue: 40
Microfracture: 40 2 years RCT Radiologic and KOOS pain and symptom scores show a more meaningful improvement than that of the control group. 2016 
ADSCs Autologous Knee AC OA Arthroscopic ADSCs + fibrin glue: 20 2 years Clinical and MRI scores show a significant improvement. 2016 
ADSCs Autologous Knee AC OA Injection SVF: 1,128 12–54 months No serious side effects, infection, or cancer related to SVF. 2015 
ADSCs Autologous Knee AC OA Injection 30 2 ans 4.04 × 106 stem cells Effective for elderly patients with OA at the knee. 2015 
ADSCs Autologous Knee AC OA Arthroscopic ADSCs: 37
ADSC + fibrin glue: 17 24–34 months Arthroscopic and clinical outcomes were useful for OA in both groups. pourtant, the ADSC + fibrin glue group had better ICRS scores. 2015 
ADSCs Autologous Knee AC Early OA Arthroscopic ADSCs + fibrin glue: 49 Mean 26.7 months Patients > 60 years of age or having injury areas < 6 cm2 were not suitable for this treatment. 2015 
ADSCs Autologous Meniscus Meniscal tear Injection ADSCs + PRP + CaCl2 + HA: 1 18 months Pain was alleviated. MRI at 3 months after treatment showed that the meniscal tear had almost disappeared. 2014 
ADSCs Autologous Knee AC OA Arthroscopic Knee: 37 24–34 months The factors affecting the repair result were mostly large injury area and high BMI. The second arthroscopic view showed 76% nonregular repair. 2014 
ADSCs Autologous Talus Osteochondral lesions Injection Marrow stimulation: 26
SVF + marrow stimulation: 24 21.9 months Marrow stimulation with SVF group showed better results than the marrow stimulation alone group. 2014 
ADSCs Autologous Knee AC OA Injection I: low-dose (3), medium-dose (3), high-dose (3)
II: high-dose (9) 6 months Low dose: 1 × 107 Medium dose: 5 × 107 High dose: 1 × 108 No adverse events. The high-dose group showed better results than the other groups. 2014 
ADSCs Autologous Knee AC OA Injection ADSCs + PRP: 91 30 months Safety of autologous SVF and percutaneous local injections was demonstrated by MRI and telephone follow-up. 2013 
ADSCs Autologous Knee AC OA Injection SVF + PRP: 18 24–26 months ADSCs of the infrapatellar fat pad were useful for relieving articular pain and improving knee joint function. 2013 
ADSCs Autologous Talus Osteochondral lesions Injection Microfracture: 30
Microfracture + ADSC: 35 21.8 months Among patients above 50 years of age, the effect of marrow stimulation + ADSCs was better than marrow stimulation alone. >109 mm2 lesion size and existing subchondral cyst showed better regeneration results. 2013 
ADSCs Autologous Knee AC OA Injection ADSCs + PRP: 25 12 mois 1.89 × 106 ADSC, 3 mL PRP ADSCs of the infrapatellar fat pad were useful for releasing articular pain and improving knee joint function. 2012 
PBSCs Autologous Knee AC Chondral lesions Open surgery 1 7.5 years Periosteal flap + patellofemoral realignment CT and MRI showed better results. Eight months after the surgery, the second arthroscopy showed that the new-growth cartilage had a smooth surface. The patient returned to practicing Taekwondo. 2014 
PBSCs Autologous Knee AC Early OA Injection 5 6 months PBSCs + HA + growth factor + microfracture No adverse events and all clinical scores improved. 2013 
PBSCs Autologous Knee AC Chondral defects Arthroscopic Microfracture + HA: 25
PBSC + microfracture + HA: 25 2 years RCT PBSC group has a better quality of newborn cartilage than the control group on histological and MRI assessments. 2013 
PBSCs Autologous Knee AC Chondral defects Open surgery 52 6 years Collagen membrane PBSCs are an effective way to repair large cartilage lesions. This method can be used as an alternative to ACI. 2012 
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Types of stem cells used clinically for cartilage regeneration past and present. This table shows the PubMed database search results for clinical trials involving stem cells in cartilage regeneration, published from 2000 until the end of June 2016 (number of papers).
Year Cell type Total
BMSCs ADSCs PBSCs SDSCs CDPCs
2002 1 0 0 0 0 1
2004 1 0 0 0 0 1
2005 1 0 0 0 0 1
2007 2 0 0 0 0 2
2008 1 0 0 0 0 1
2010 2 0 0 0 0 2
2011 2 1 1 0 0 4
2012 2 1 1 0 0 4
2013 2 2 2 0 0 6
2014 2 4 1 0 0 7
2015 1 4 0 1 0 6
2016 1 2 0 0 1 4
Total 18 14 5 1 1 39
Despite years of research, the use of stem cells in cartilage regeneration has not met expectations. MSCs possess an intrinsic differentiation program for endochondral bone formation . Although researchers seek to avoid the hypertrophic fate of MSCs, they cannot yet create articular hyaline cartilage without the hypertrophic chondrocyte phenotype . This challenge must be overcome to enable better cartilage regeneration using MSC-based tissue engineering. en outre, the use of stem cells in cartilage regeneration is limited to untreated or multiplication cultured stem cells. Although the feasibility of using stem cells in cartilage regeneration has been proved, few clinical studies have been reported because the induced cells are unstable  (c'est à dire., they degenerate readily and lead to tumorigenesis).