Infusion of autologous bone marrow derived mononuclear stem cells potentially reduces urinary markers in diabetic nephropathy

Abduzhappar Gaipov, Zhannat Taubaldiyeva, Manarbek Askarov, Zaiyrkhan Turebekov, Larisa Kozina, Askhat Myngbay, Olga Ulyanova, Saltanat Tuganbekova

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Background: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease worldwide. Previous studies demonstrated safety and efficacy of autologous bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells (ABM-MNCs) in induced type-1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) rats. However, the effect of ABM-MNCs on urinary markers of DN in humans is not well studied. We evaluated the therapeutic effect of ABM-MNCs on the urinary markers microalbuminuria (MAU), urinary type-IV collagen and urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (uNGAL) in T1DM patients with and without nephropathy. Methods: This prospective open-label pilot study included 15 patients with T1DM, who had completed 2 visits within 6 months. Patients were divided into two groups according to the presence (DN, n = 7) and absence of nephropathy (T1DM, n = 8). ABM-MNCs were injected at each visit as per study protocol. Routine laboratory data, diabetes tests (fasting serum C-peptide and insulin, glycated hemoglobin, fasting and postprandial glucose), 24-h MAU and urinary type-IV collagen were measured at each visit. uNGAL levels were studied before and after 3 days of ABM-MNCs infusion at each visit. Results: Mean age of patients was 29.2 ± 10.4 years, 33% were male, and 27% of the overall group had hypertension. MAU was significantly reduced in the overall group (− 26.0%, p = 0.037), including in DN (− 83.2%, p = 0.021). A short-term significant reduction of uNGAL levels was observed 3 days after ABM-MNCs administration during the both the 1st visit (median 13.4 vs. 9.5 ng/ml, p = 0.027) and 2nd visit (median 8.8 vs. 6.4 ng/ml, p = 0.042) in both groups. However this reduction did not remain significant at the 6-month follow-up. Urinary type-IV collagen did not respond significantly to ABM-MNCs infusion. Conclusion: Infusion of autologous bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells significantly reduced levels of MAU in DN patients. Further studies with larger sample size are needed to confirm these observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-73
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nephrology
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Autologous bone-marrow derived stem cells
  • Microalbuminuria
  • Type-1 diabetes mellitus, nephropathy
  • Urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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