In vivo bioimaging analysis of stromal vascular fraction-assisted fat grafting: the interaction and mutualism of cells and grafted fat.

PMID 25405913


Unpredictable survival rate of transplanted fat is an obstacle in application of fat grafting. Although recent researches have suggested that adipose-derived stromal vascular fraction (SVF) could promote grafted fat survival, there has been seldom reports on tracing the dynamic change of grafted fat in vivo and on discussing interaction between transplanted SVFs and surrounding fat graft. Fat tissue and SVF separated from luciferase (Luc)-transgenic rats were applied for bioimaging analysis. The Luc-fat (0.2 mL) was subcutaneously injected into the back of nude mice with or without SVFs from 0.2 mL wild type rat fat, with bioimaging at 63 days. Immunohistochemical staining was performed to evaluate the structural integrity. Moreover, to evaluate the influence of surrounding fat tissue to transplanted SVFs, Luc-SVFs separated from 0.2 mL luciferase fat were transplanted to evaluate the influence of surrounding fat tissue to transplanted SVFs. The bioimaging results showed that fat tissues transplanted with SVFs had higher survival ratio than those transplanted without SVFs (49.99(5.38)% vs. 32.78(3.32)%; P < 0.001). Stromal vascular fraction-assisted fat grafts had more integral structure and less necrosis cysts. The results showed that, with the existence of grafted fat, transplanted SVF survived for a significantly longer time and could contribute to fat graft survival and regeneration by differentiating into structural cells. The results showed that SVF-assisted fat graft had significantly higher survival rate than that transplanted alone. Moreover, our research demonstrated that interaction between grafted fat and SVFs was important in SVF's long-term living and differentiation.