Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 498–513 | Cite as

Effects of Stromal Vascular Fraction on Breast Cancer Growth and Fat Engraftment in NOD/SCID Mice

  • Joon Seok Lee
  • PilSeon Eo
  • Min Chul Kim
  • Jae Bong Kim
  • Hee Kyung Jin
  • Jae-Sung Bae
  • Jae-hwan Jeong
  • Ho Yong Park
  • Jung Dug YangEmail author
Original Article Basic Science/Experimental



To overcome unpredictable fat graft resorption, cell-assisted lipotransfer using stromal vascular fraction (SVF) has been introduced. However, its effect on cancer growth stimulation and its oncological safety are debatable. We investigated the effect of SVF on adjacent breast cancer and transplanted fat in a mouse model.


A breast cancer xenograft model was constructed by injecting 2 × 106 MDA-MB-231-luc breast cancer cells into the right lower back of 40 NOD/SCID mice. Two weeks later, cancer size was sorted according to signal density using an in vivo optical imaging system, and 36 mice were included. Human fat was extracted from the abdomen, and SVFs were isolated using a component isolator. The mice were divided into four groups: A, controls; B, injected with 30 μl SVF; C, injected with 0.5 ml fat and 30 μl saline; group D, injected with 0.5 ml fat and 30 μl SVF. Magnetic resonance imaging and three-dimensional micro-computed tomography volumetric analysis were performed at 4 and 8 weeks.


Tumor volume was 43.6, 42.3, 48.7, and 42.4 mm3 at the initial time point and 6780, 5940, 6080, and 5570 mm3 at 8 weeks in groups A, B, C, and D, respectively. Fat graft survival volume after 8 weeks was 49.32% and 62.03% in groups C and D, respectively. At 2-month follow-up after fat grafting in the xenograft model, SVF injection showed an increased fat survival rate and did not increase the adjacent tumor growth significantly.


Fat grafting with SVF yields satisfactory outcome in patients who undergo breast reconstruction surgery.

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Stromal vascular fraction Breast cancer Fat graft Fat injection 


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The authors declare that they have not conflicts of interest related to the manuscript.

Human and Animal Rights Statement

This study was carried out in strict accordance with the recommendations in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals of the National Institutes of Health. The animal experiment was conducted after review and obtaining approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Medical Innovation Foundation (DGMIF) (approval number: DGMIF-17021401-00).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, School of MedicineKyungpook National UniversityDaeguSouth Korea
  2. 2.V Plastic ClinicsDaeguSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary MedicineKyungpook National UniversityDaeguSouth Korea
  4. 4.Department of Physiology, School of MedicineKyungpook National UniversityDaeguSouth Korea
  5. 5.Cell and Matrix Research Institute, School of MedicineKyungpook National UniversityDaeguSouth Korea
  6. 6.Department of Surgery, School of MedicineKyungpook National UniversityDaeguSouth Korea

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