From bone marrow or adipose tissue?

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) can be isolated from various different tissues, such as bone marrow (BM) or adipose tissue (AT). There is a growing perception that MSCs isolated from these two tissues differ significantly in their differentiation potential, hematopoiesis supportive function, and immunomodulatory potential – although they look phenotypically very similar. Our Epi-Tissue-Score enables retrospective analysis of the tissue of isolation.


How does it work?

We identified two CpG dinucleotides – associated with the genes SLC41A2 and TM4SF1 – that are either methylated in MSCs from bone marrow or adipose tissue, respectively. The Epi-Tissue-Score is determined as the difference of these DNAm levels: a level above 0 is indicative for MSCs from bone marrow. We generated pyrosequencing assays that facilitate fast and cost-effective analysis of DNAm levels at the two relevant CpGs (SLC41A2 and TM4SF1 ).



de Almeida CD et al., Stem Cell Reports 2016; 6(2): 168-175.

Patent application: 2016; EP16152198.4










Figure 1: Classification by the Epi-Tissue-Score. MSCs from bone marrow (BM) and adipose tissue (AT) were correctly classified by our pyrosequencing assays.