Elimination of Reperfusion-Induced Microcirculatory Alterations In Vivo by Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Supernatant without Adipose-Derived Stem Cells

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In the present study, the authors hypothesized that adipose-derived stem cells in cell culture may secrete multiple cytokines in the supernatant, which might have a significant impact in vivo on the reperfusion-induced microcirculatory alterations and endothelial dysfunction.


Fat tissue was surgically harvested from rat flanks and processed for adipose-derived stem cell isolation; cells (1 × 106) were subcultured for 3, 6, 9, and 12 days without passage. The postcultivated medium was harvested with medium change every 3 days. After centrifugation, the supernatant was collected and stored at −20°C. Supernatant collected on day 9 was analyzed for eight oxidative stress cytokines by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay strip. The effect of the supernatant on the reperfusion-induced microcirculatory alterations was examined in the vascular pedicle of isolated rat cremaster muscles subjected to 4 hours of ischemia followed by 2 hours of reperfusion.


Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay results demonstrated that adipose-derived stem cells produced several highly expressed cytokines in the supernatant. The average concentration of interleukin-6, in particular, was 5-fold higher compared with control. The reperfusion-induced vasospasm, arteriole stagnation, and the capillary no-reflow that often appear in the early phase of reperfusion were eliminated by adipose-derived stem cell supernatant.


Adipose-derived stem cells in cell culture display cytokine secretory properties that enable the cells to act through paracrine signaling. The supernatant even without cells could be used as a paracrine agent to interfere with the reperfusion–induced microcirculatory alterations and endothelial dysfunction.

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