Published online Jan 26, 2014. doi: 10.4252/wjsc.v6.i1.24
Revised: November 18, 2013
Accepted: December 12, 2013
Published online: January 26, 2014
Core tip: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are important cells that have a differentiation and self-renewal capacity and an immune-modulation function. MSCs differentiate into osteogenic-, adipogenic-, chondrogenic- and other cells. The application of MSCs in many situations, such as disease treatment, is full of possibilities for future development. The gene and protein expression and cellular phenotypes of MSCs are described.