Adipose Stromal Vascular Fraction Isolation: A Head-to-Head Comparison of 4 Cell Separation Systems #2

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With stromal vascular fraction (SVF) cell and adipose-derived stem cell–based technologies translating into the clinical setting, numerous isolation systems have been developed for the point of care isolation of SVF cells from adipose tissue. A relative lack of performance data on these systems can make objective assessment difficult for prospective clinicians. This study compared the performance of 4 SVF cell isolation systems.


Four isolation systems were compared: the MultiStation by PNC International, the LipoKit by MediKhan, the GID SVF-2 platform by GID Europe Ltd, and the StemSource 900/MB system by Cytori Therapeutics, Inc. Identical lipoaspirate samples for 5 separate donors were used. Stromal vascular fraction output was compared in terms of nucleated cell yield, viability, residual collagenase activity, sterility of the output, colony-forming unit–fibroblast frequency, frequency of CD31−/CD34+/CD45− cells, and operating statistics.


Mean process time ranged from 65.4 to 120.8 minutes. Mean nucleated cell yield per milliliter of tissue processed ranged from 1.01 × 105 cells/mL to 6.24 × 105 cells/mL. Mean cellular viability ranged from 50.3% to 84.02%. Residual collagenase activity was negligible across all systems. Observed colony-forming unit–fibroblast frequency ranged from 0.495% to 1.704%. No significant difference was observed in frequency of CD31−/CD34+/CD45− cells. Results of the anaerobic/aerobic cultures were mixed.


There was considerable variability between the outputs of each system. The system used by a clinician should be tailored to the individual needs of the practice. There is a range of cost options available. This study may help clinicians make more educated decisions when choosing an isolation system to meet their clinical needs.

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