Animal Models of Lung Injury: Role for Mesenchymal Stem Cells

  • Mauricio RojasEmail author
  • Smita Iyer
  • Carter Co
  • Kenneth L. Brigham
Part of the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine book series (STEMCELL)


Stem cells are emerging as a therapeutic modality in various inflammatory disease states. A number of ongoing randomized phase I/II clinical trials are evaluating the effects of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) infusion in patients with multiple sclerosis, graft-versus-host disease, Crohn’s disease, and severe chronic myocardial ischemia. MSCs are also being considered as a potential therapy in patients with inflammatory lung diseases. Several studies, including our own, have demonstrated compelling benefits from the administration of MSCs in animal models of lung injury. These studies are leading to growing interest in the therapeutic use of MSCs in inflammatory lung diseases. In this chapter, we describe the use of animal models and how the immunoregulatory effects of MSCs can confer substantial protection in the setting of lung diseases such as acute lung injury, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. In addition, we identify emerging areas for MSC-based therapies in modulating oxidative stress and in attenuating acute lung injury in the alcoholic host.


Mesenchymal stem cells Asthma Acute lung injury Transplant Oxidative stress 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mauricio Rojas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Smita Iyer
    • 1
  • Carter Co
    • 1
  • Kenneth L. Brigham
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Center for Translational Research in the Lung, McKelvey Center for Lung TransplantationEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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