共同研究をしている Kyungsook Kim先生（ユタ大学）の論文です。
“Allogeneic mesenchymal stem cell sheet therapy: A new frontier in drug delivery systems”
Kyungsook Kim†*, Sophia Bou-Ghannam, Sumako Kameishi, Masatoshi Oka, David W. Grainger, Teruo Okano*
Journal of Controlled Release, 330, 696-704
The evolution of drug discovery exploded in the early 20th century with the advent of critical scientific advancements in organic chemistry, chemical analysis, and purification. Early drug generations focused largely on symptom control and pain management, effective targets for small-molecule drugs. Recently, the attention in drug discovery has shifted to pursuit of radical cures. Cell therapy presents the ideal attributes of a promising new drug, targeting specific tissues based on chemotactic cues and modulating secretion of instructive regenerative molecules in response to dynamic signaling from disease environments. To actuate the therapeutic potential of cell therapy toward worldwide clinical use, cell delivery methods that can effectively localize and engraft mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) with high disease-site fidelity and enable dynamic MSC bioactive function are paramount. In this review, we discuss the evolution of cell therapies with a focus on stem cell advantages, as well as the limitations to these therapies. This review aims to introduce cell sheet technology as a breakthrough cell therapy with demonstrated therapeutic success across indications for heart, liver, and kidney tissue regeneration. Opportunities and anticipated clinical impacts of cell sheet technology using MSCs are discussed.