Perspectives of the International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy Gastrointestinal Scientific Committee on the Intravenous Use of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (PeMeGi)

R Ciccocioppo, D C Baumgart, C C Dos Santos, J Galipeau, C Klersy, G Orlando

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Abstract

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), namely, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, remains a grievous and recalcitrant problem incurring significant human and health care costs, even in consideration of the growing incidence. Initial goals of care aimed to achieve the induction and maintenance of clinical remission. The advent of novel treat-to-target approaches using patient stratification, early introduction of immunosuppressants and rapid escalation to biologics or early use of combination therapy has refocused the goals of care toward the achievement of mucosal healing. This is in an attempt to preserve intestinal function, decrease hospitalization and surgery rates and improve the quality of life of affected patients. Cellular therapeutics for the treatment of IBD offers an unprecedented opportunity to change the current paradigm from single-targeted to systems-targeted therapy, trying to dampen the whole inflammatory cascade instead of a only molecule. Therefore, as we move forward, the importance of designing informative and possibly adaptive trial designs, standardizing methodologies, harmonizing goals of therapy and evaluating methods cannot be underemphasized. In this article, we review the current literature on the application of mesenchymal stromal cells for the treatment of IBD in an effort to establish a consensus on designing efficient and consistent clinical trials for the intravenous use of this cellular therapy in IBD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)824-839
Number of pages16
JournalCytotherapy
Volume21
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

Keywords

  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • intravenous administration
  • mesenchymal stromal cells
  • therapy
  • trials

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