Application of muse cell therapy for kidney diseases

Nao Uchida, Naonori Kumagai, Yoshiaki Kondo

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The kidney plays an essential role in the maintenance of homeostasis in healthy individuals, e.g., by regulating the amount of water and concentration of electrolyte in the body. Owing to the structural complexity, renal dysfunction is caused by a myriad of diseases and conditions, and in severe cases, it progresses to end-stage renal disease in which patients require renal replacement therapy, i.e., maintenance dialysis or kidney transplantation. The currently available therapeutic modalities, with the exception of renal transplantation, cannot recover severely deteriorated renal function. Thus, regenerative medicine holds considerable promise as a potential means for developing next-generation renal therapeutics. Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation has been investigated in acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease models, and clinical studies have already been started for some kinds of kidney diseases. However, most of these studies concluded that the main underlying mechanism of therapeutic effect of MSC transplantation was paracrine. Recently, we reported that Muse cell therapy in a murine model of chronic kidney disease resulted in differentiation of intravenously injected Muse cells into glomerular cells after preferential homing to damaged glomerulus and improvement in renal function. The result suggested the potentiality of Muse cell therapy for glomerular regeneration. Muse cells are a promising cell source for regenerative therapy for kidney diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598
ISSN (Electronic)2214-8019


  • FSGS
  • Kidney disease
  • MSC
  • Muse cell
  • Podocyte regeneration
  • Regenerative therapy
  • Xenotransplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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