- The Cellular Therapy Coding and Labeling Advisory Group of the International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation and the International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) committee are providing specific recommendations on abbreviating tissue sources of culture-adapted MSCs. These recommendations include using abbreviations based on the ISBT 128 terminology model that specifies standard class names to distinguish cell types and tissue sources for culture-adapted MSCs.
- The International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) committee has been an interested observer of community interests in all matters related to MSC identity, mechanism of action, potency assessment and etymology, and it has regularly contributed to this conversation through a series of MSC pre-conferences and committee publications dealing with these matters. Arising from these reflections, the authors propose that an overlooked and potentially disruptive perspective is the impact of in vivo persistence on potency that is not predicted by surrogate cellular potency assays performed in vitro and how this translates to in vivo outcomes.
- STATEMENT: The International Society for Cellular and Gene Therapies (ISCT) and the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) recognize the potential of extracellular vesicles (EVs, including exosomes) from mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) and possibly other cell sources as treatments for COVID-19. Research and trials in this area are encouraged. However, ISEV and ISCT do not currently endorse the use of EVs or exosomes for any purpose in COVID-19, including but not limited to reducing cytokine storm, exerting regenerative effects or delivering drugs, pending the generation of appropriate manufacturing and quality control provisions, pre-clinical safety and efficacy data, rational clinical trial design and proper regulatory oversight.
- The serious consequences of the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic have prompted a rapid global response to develop effective therapies that can lessen disease severity in infected patients. Cell-based approaches, primarily using mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), have demonstrated a strong safety profile and possible efficacy in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), but whether these therapies are effective for treating respiratory virus-induced ARDS is unknown.
- As part of the International Society of Cell Therapy (ISCT) 2018 Annual Meeting, the Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cell (MSC) committee organized a pre-conference, which covered methods of improving MSC engraftment and potency in vivo and clinical efficacy using MSC potency assays. The speakers examined methods to improve clinical efficacy using MSC potency assays and methods to improve MSC engraftment/homing/potency in vivo. Discussion of patient “responders” versus “non-responders” in clinical trials and working toward ways to identify them were also included.
- Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have gained prominence in the field of regenerative medicine due to their excellent safety profile in human patients and recently demonstrated efficacy in late-stage clinical studies. A prerequisite to achieving successful MSC-based therapies is the development of large-scale manufacturing processes that preserve the biological potency of the founder cell population. Because no standardized manufacturing process exists for MSCs, understanding differences in these processes among U.S.