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Stem Cells International
Volume 2019, Article ID 7213854, 11 pages
Research Article

Influence of Lineage-Negative Stem Cell Therapy on Articulatory Functions in ALS Patients

1Department of Medical Rehabilitation and Clinical Physiotherapy, Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland
2Department of Neurology, Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland
3Department of General Pathology, Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland

Correspondence should be addressed to Wioletta Pawlukowska; lp.2o@answ

Received 26 February 2019; Revised 17 April 2019; Accepted 8 May 2019; Published 2 June 2019

Guest Editor: Jun Li

Copyright © 2019 Wioletta Pawlukowska 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.


Introduction. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal, neurodegenerative disease, leading to loss of muscle strength and motor control. Impaired speech and swallowing lower the quality of life and consequently may induce acute respiratory failure. Bone marrow-derived stem and progenitor cells (SPCs) may be a valuable source of trophic factors. In this study, we assessed whether adjuvant cellular therapy could affect the levels of selected neurotrophins and proinflammatory factors in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and subsequently prevent the deterioration of articulation. Materials and Methods. The study group consisted of 32 patients with sporadic ALS who underwent autologous lineage-negative (Lin) stem cell intrathecal administration to the spinal canal. Lin cells were aspirated from the bone marrow and isolated using immunomagnetic beads and a lineage cell depletion kit. Patients were examined for articulatory functions by means of the Voice Handicap Index (VHI) questionnaire and Frenchay Dysarthria Assessment (FDA). In parallel, we carried out the analysis of selected trophic and proinflammatory factors in CSF utilizing multiplex fluorescent bead-based immunoassays. Results. Of the 32 patients who received the Lin progenitor cell therapy, 6 (group I) showed improvement in articulatory functions, 23 remained stable (group II), and 3 deteriorated (group III) on the 28th day. The improvement was particularly noticeable in a better cough reflex, laryngeal time, and dribble reflex. A statistically significant lower level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) was observed on day 0 in group I compared to group II. The CSF concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP) in group I significantly decreased 7 days after Lin SPC transplantation. On the contrary, a significant increase in the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNF-R) level was confirmed among patients from group I with improvement of dribble and coughing reflex, tongue movements, and respiration on the 7th day, as well as on day 28 including dribble reflex solely. Conclusions. An application of Lin stem cells could potentate the beneficial humoral effect. The prevention of deterioration of articulatory functions in ALS patients after applying adjuvant Lin stem cell therapy seems to be promising. Although the procedure is safe and feasible, it requires further in-depth studies.