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Bioengineering of Fetal Skin: Differentiation of Amniotic Fluid Stem Cells into Keratinocytes


Basler, Michelle; Pontiggia, Luca; Biedermann, Thomas; Reichmann, Ernst; Meuli, Martin; Mazzone, Luca (2020). Bioengineering of Fetal Skin: Differentiation of Amniotic Fluid Stem Cells into Keratinocytes. Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, 47(3):198-204.

Abstract

PURPOSE

Open fetal spina bifida repair has become a novel clinical standard of care. In very large spina bifida lesions, the skin defect cannot be covered primarily, asking for alternative solutions. We hypothesize that amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSC) could be differentiated into keratinocytes that could then be used to bioengineer autologous skin usable for in utero back coverage.

METHODS

To obtain human AFSC, amniotic fluid samples obtained from fetal surgeries were subjected to immunoselection for c-kit. C-kit-positive samples and controls were cultured with the additives morphogenetic protein 4 and vitamin C to induce differentiation towards keratinocytes. This process was monitored by measuring the expression of K8 and K14 via immunohistochemical staining, flow cytometry, and polymerase chain reaction.

RESULTS

After immunoselection and expansion, most cells were positive for K8, but none for K14. After completion of the differentiation protocol, cell colonies with keratinocyte-like appearance could be observed, but cells remained positive for K8 and negative for K14, indicating failed differentiation into keratinocytes.

CONCLUSIONS

Culturing of keratinocyte-like cells from AFSC, harvested intraoperatively, was not feasible in this setting. The reasons for failure must be investigated and eliminated, as bioengineering of fetal skin for clinical use during fetal surgery for spina bifida remains an attractive goal.

Abstract

PURPOSE

Open fetal spina bifida repair has become a novel clinical standard of care. In very large spina bifida lesions, the skin defect cannot be covered primarily, asking for alternative solutions. We hypothesize that amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSC) could be differentiated into keratinocytes that could then be used to bioengineer autologous skin usable for in utero back coverage.

METHODS

To obtain human AFSC, amniotic fluid samples obtained from fetal surgeries were subjected to immunoselection for c-kit. C-kit-positive samples and controls were cultured with the additives morphogenetic protein 4 and vitamin C to induce differentiation towards keratinocytes. This process was monitored by measuring the expression of K8 and K14 via immunohistochemical staining, flow cytometry, and polymerase chain reaction.

RESULTS

After immunoselection and expansion, most cells were positive for K8, but none for K14. After completion of the differentiation protocol, cell colonies with keratinocyte-like appearance could be observed, but cells remained positive for K8 and negative for K14, indicating failed differentiation into keratinocytes.

CONCLUSIONS

Culturing of keratinocyte-like cells from AFSC, harvested intraoperatively, was not feasible in this setting. The reasons for failure must be investigated and eliminated, as bioengineering of fetal skin for clinical use during fetal surgery for spina bifida remains an attractive goal.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health
Health Sciences > Embryology
Health Sciences > Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Imaging
Health Sciences > Obstetrics and Gynecology
Language:English
Date:1 January 2020
Deposited On:06 Feb 2020 12:16
Last Modified:01 Sep 2020 00:01
Publisher:Karger
ISSN:1015-3837
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1159/000502181
PubMed ID:31509837

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