A randomized, controlled study of autologous therapy with bone marrow-derived aldehyde dehydrogenase bright cells in patients with critical limb ischemia

Emerson C. Perin, Guilherme Silva, Amir Gahremanpour, John Canales, Yi Zheng, Maria G. Cabreira-Hansen, Farrell Mendelsohn, Nicolas Chronos, Rebecca Haley, James T. Willerson, Brian H. Annex

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Objectives: The safety and efficacy of direct intramuscular injections of aldehyde dehydrogenase bright (ALDH br) cells isolated from autologous bone marrow mononuclear cells (ABMMNCs) and ABMMNCs were studied in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) who were not eligible for percutaneous or surgical revascularization. Background: Many CLI patients are not candidates for current revascularization procedures, and amputation rates are high in these patients. Cell therapy may be a viable option for CLI patients. Methods: Safety was the primary objective and was evaluated by occurrence of adverse events. Efficacy, the secondary objective, was evaluated by assessment of Rutherford category, ankle-brachial index (ABI), transcutaneous partial pressure of oxygen (TcPO 2), quality of life, and pain. Results: ALDH br cells and ABMMNCs were successfully administered to all patients. No therapy-related serious adverse events occurred. Patients treated with ALDH br cells (n = 11) showed significant improvements in Rutherford category from baseline to 12 weeks (mean, 4.09 ± 0.30 to 3.46 ± 1.04; P = 0.05) and in ABI at 6 (mean, 0.22 ± 0.19 to 0.30 ± 0.24; P = 0.02), and 12 weeks (mean, 0.36 ± 0.18; P = 0.03) compared with baseline. Patients in the ABMMNC group (n = 10) showed no significant improvements at 6 or 12 weeks in Rutherford category but did show improvement in ABI from baseline to 12 weeks (0.38 ± 0.06 to 0.52 ± 0.16; P = 0.03). No significant changes from baseline were noted in ischemic ulcer grade or TcPO 2 in either group. Conclusions: Administration of autologous ALDH br cells appears to be safe and warrants further study in patients with CLI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1060-1067
Number of pages8
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • aldehyde dehydrogenase bright cells
  • autologous bone marrow mononuclear cells
  • limb ischemia
  • neoangiogenesis
  • peripheral arterial disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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