Funding for this research was provided by:
Korea Health Industry Development Institute (HI16C0106 and HR16C0002)
National Research Foundation of Korea (2019R1C1C1008479)
Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2018ER610300)
Dongguk University (2018)
Received: 4 February 2020
Revised: 27 May 2020
Accepted: 28 July 2020
First Online: 24 August 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Infrapatellar fat pads were harvested during total knee arthroplasty and used for Ad-MSC isolation after obtaining informed consent and institutional ethics committee (IRB number: IACUC150058) approval. All animal procedures were performed in accordance with a protocol approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) of our institute (IACUC160058). Human lumbar IVD tissues [to-be-discarded surgical waste, approved after review by our institute’s ethics committee (IRB No. 2014-07-097)] were obtained from patients undergoing surgery for degenerative disc disease.
: Not applicable.
: All enlisted author declares that he has no competing interests.