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To investigate if the modification of human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hADSCs) by the antioxidants superoxide dismutase 2 (Sod2) and catalase (Cat) can attenuate the pathological conditions of intervertebral disc degeneration (IVD). In vitro, MTT assay and qRT-PCR was used to detect cell proliferation and gene expressions in hADSCs transduced with Ad-null (an adenovirus vector containing no transgene expression cassette), Ad-Sod2 (recombinant adenovirus Sod2) and Ad-Cat. IVD mouse models were generated by needle puncture and treated with hADSCs with/without Ad-null/Ad-Sod2/Ad-Cat. X-ray evaluation, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) analysis, histological analysis, immunohistochemistry, Western blots, ELISAs and qRT-PCR were performed. hADSCs transduced with Ad-Sod2 and Ad-Cat showed enhanced cell proliferation with the upregulation of SOX9, ACAN, and COL2. In vivo, IVD mice injected with hADSCs showed increased disc height index, MRI index and mean T2 intensities, as well as the attenuated histologic grading of the annulus fibrosus (AF) and NP accompanied by the upregulation of GAG and COL2, which were further improved in the Ad-Sod2 hADSC + IVD and Ad-Cat hADSC + IVD groups. Furthermore, the increased expression of IL-1β, IL-6 and TNF-α was reduced in IVD mice injected with hADSCs. Compared with the hADSC + IVD group, the Ad-Sod2 hADSC/Ad-Cat hADSC + IVD groups had lower expression of pro-inflammatory factors. Modification of hADSCs by the antioxidants Sod2 and Cat improved the pathological condition of intervertebral disc tissues with increased GAG and COL2 expression, as well as reduced inflammation, thereby demonstrating a therapeutic effect in IVD. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Liang Xiao, Shu-Juan Xu, Chen Liu, Jing Wang, Bo Hu, Hong-Guang Xu. Sod2 and catalase improve pathological conditions of intervertebral disc degeneration by modifying human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Life sciences. 2021 Feb 15;267:118929

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