Decellularized Organ-Derived Scaffold Is a Promising Carrier for Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells-Derived Hepatocytes

Hideaki Kojima, Hiroshi Yagi, Hiroko Kushige, Yukiko Toda, Kazuo Takayama, Shinako Masuda, Toshinori Morisaku, Tomonori Tsuchida, Kohei Kuroda, Kazuya Hirukawa, Jumpei Inui, Kotaro Nishi, Yutaka Nakano, Masayuki Tanaka, Shutaro Hori, Yasushi Hasegawa, Yuta Abe, Minoru Kitago, Shungo Adachi, Masatoshi TomiKatsuhisa Matsuura, Hiroyuki Mizuguchi, Yuko Kitagawa

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Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are a promising cell source for elucidating disease pathology and therapy. The mass supply of hiPSC-derived cells is technically feasible. Carriers that can contain a large number of hiPSC-derived cells and evaluate their functions in vivo-like environments will become increasingly important for understanding disease pathogenesis or treating end-stage organ failure. hiPSC-derived hepatocyte-like cells (hiPSC-HLCs; 5 × 108) were seeded into decellularized organ-derived scaffolds under circumfusion culture. The scaffolds were implanted into immunodeficient microminiature pigs to examine their applicability in vivo. The seeded hiPSC-HLCs demonstrated increased albumin secretion and up-regulated cytochrome P450 activities compared with those in standard two-dimensional culture conditions. Moreover, they showed long-term survival accompanied by neovascularization in vivo. The decellularized organ-derived scaffold is a promising carrier for hiPSC-derived cells for ex vivo and in vivo use and is an essential platform for regenerative medicine and research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1258
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Apr 1


  • decellularization
  • extracellular matrix
  • human iPSCs
  • microminiature pig
  • organ-derived scaffold
  • xeno-implantation
  • xeno-transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology


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