Renal Injury Repair: How About the Role of Stem Cells

  • Jian-Si Li
  • Bing LiEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1165)


Renal failure is one of the most important causes of mortality and morbidity all over the world. Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a major clinical problem that affects up to 5% of all hospitalized patients. Although the kidney has a remarkable capacity for regeneration after acute injury, the mortality among patients with severe AKI remains dismally high, and in clinical practice, most patients cannot be cured completely and suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD). Recently, the incidence and prevalence of CKD have increased, largely as a result of the enhanced prevalence of diabetes and obesity. The progressive nature of CKD and the ensuing end-stage renal disease (ESRD) place a substantial burden on global healthcare resources. Currently, dialysis and transplantation remain the only treatment options. Finding new therapeutic methods to fight AKI and CKD remains an ongoing quest. Although the human renal histological structure is complex, stem cell therapies have been applied to repair injured kidneys. The curative effects of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and nephron progenitor cells (NPCs) on renal repair have also been reported by researchers. This review focuses on stem cell therapy and mechanisms for renal injury repair.


Stem cell Renal repair Acute kidney injury Chronic kidney disease 



This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81670616 and No. 81873598), the innovation fund for the clinical research of the Harbin Medical University (2017LCZX44).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nephrology, 2nd Affiliated HospitalHarbin Medical UniversityHarbinChina

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