Comparison of mesenchymal stem cell surface markers from bone marrow aspirates and adipose stromal vascular fraction sites

Meghan O. Sullivan, Wanda J. Gordon-Evans, Lisa Page Fredericks, Kristina Kiefer, Michael G. Conzemius, Dominique J. Griffon

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The objective of this study was to subjectively evaluate the harvest of two areas of adipose collection and three areas of bone marrow collection as potential sites for clinical harvest of adipose stromal vascular fraction (SVF) and bone marrow concentrate for clinical use by quantifying the amount of tissue harvested, subjective ease of harvest, the variation of each site, and determining the cell surface marker characteristics using commercially available antibodies. Bone marrow and adipose tissue samples were collected from 10 adult mixed breed dogs. Adipose tissue was collected from the caudal scapular region and falciform fat ligament. Bone marrow aspirates were collected from the ilium, humerus, and tibia. Tissues were weighed (adipose) or measured by volume (bone marrow), processed to isolate the SVF or bone marrow concentrate, and flow cytometry was performed to quantitate the percentage of cells that were CD90, CD44 positive, and CD45 negative. Sites and tissue types were compared using matched pairs t-test. Subjectively subcutaneous fat collection was the most difficult and large amounts of tissue dissection were necessary. Additionally the subcutaneous area yielded less than the goal amount of tissue. The bone marrow harvest ranged from 10 to 27.5 ml. Adipose tissue had the highest concentration of cells with CD90+, CD44+, and CD45- markers (P < 0.05), and bone marrow had the highest total number of these cells at harvest (P < 0.05). Variation was high for all sites, but the adipose collection yielded more consistent results. These results describe the relative cellular components in the SVF of adipose tissue and bone marrow as defined by the biomarkers chosen. Although bone marrow yielded higher absolute cell numbers on average, adipose tissue yielded more consistent results. Fat from the falciform ligament was easily obtained with less dissection and therefore created less perceived relative patient trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number82
JournalFrontiers in Veterinary Science
Issue numberJAN
StatePublished - Jan 15 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Thanks to Hae-Boem Lee, DVM, Ph.D., for technical assistance in this project. Partial funding was provided by Veterinary Centers of America, University of Illinois, and the University of Minnesota.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Sullivan, Gordon-Evans, Fredericks, Kiefer, Conzemius and Griffon.


  • Adipose
  • Bone marrow
  • Canine
  • Mesenchymal stem cell
  • Stromal vascular fraction


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