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Stem Cells International
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3595941, 9 pages
Research Article

In Vitro Characterization of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Isolated from Different Tissues with a Potential to Promote Complex Bone Regeneration

1Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
2Creative Cell Ltd., Budapest, Hungary
3Department of Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Pécs Medical School, Pécs, Hungary
4National Blood Service, Budapest, Hungary
5Molecular Biophysics Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Received 8 July 2016; Accepted 19 October 2016

Academic Editor: Filiberto Mastrangelo

Copyright © 2016 Áron Szepesi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Bone tissue regeneration is a major, worldwide medical need, and several strategies have been developed to support the regeneration of extensive bone defects, including stem cell based bone grafts. In addition to the application of stem cells with high osteogenic potential, it is important to maintain proper blood flow in a bone graft to avoid inner graft necrosis. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) may form both osteocytes and endothelial cells; therefore we examined the combined in vitro osteogenic and endothelial differentiation capacities of MSCs derived from adipose tissue, Wharton’s jelly, and periodontal ligament. Based on a detailed characterization presented here, MSCs isolated from adipose tissue and periodontal ligament may be most appropriate for generating vascularized bone grafts.