Clinical potential and current progress of mesenchymal stem cells for Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review

  • Ying Chen
  • Jiabing Shen
  • Kaifu Ke
  • Xiaosu GuEmail author
Review Article


Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disease characterized by severe dyskinesia due to a progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons along the nigro-striatal pathway. The current focus of treatment is to relieve symptoms through administration of levodopa, such as L-3,4-dihydroxy phenylalanine replacement therapy, dopaminergic agonist administration, functional neurosurgery, and gene therapy, rather than preventing dopaminergic neuronal damage. Hence, the application and development of neuroprotective/disease modification strategies is absolutely necessary. Currently, stem cell therapy has been considered for PD treatment. As for the stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) seem to be the most promising. In this review, we analyze the mechanisms of action of MSCs in Parkinson’s disease, including growth factor secretion, exocytosis, and attenuation of neuroinflammation. To determine efficacy and protect patients from possible adverse effects, ongoing rigorous and controlled studies of MSC treatment will be critical.


Mesenchymal stem cells Secretome Parkinson’s disease Dopaminergic neurons 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 81471188, 81671135).

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The authors have declared that no conflict of interests exists.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyAffiliated Hospital of Nantong UniversityNantongPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Research Center of Clinical MedicineAffiliated Hospital of Nantong UniversityNantongPeople’s Republic of China

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