Human Endometrial Stromal/Stem Cells Inhibit Apoptosis in Cisplatin-Induced Acute Kidney Injury in Male Wistar Rats

Document Type : Original Article


1 .Faculty of Biological Sciences, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran

2 .Stem Cell Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran;.Department of Medical Nanotechnology, School of Advanced Medical Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

3 4.Department of Stem Cells and Developmental Biology, Cell Sciences Research Center, Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology, ACECR, Tehran, Iran

4 5.Department of Tissue Engineering and Applied Cell Sciences, School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Acute kidney injury (AKI) is referred to as sudden decline in the function of kidney. Human endometrial stromal/stem cells (hEnSCs) are mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-like cells, which are suitable candidates for regenerative medicine purposes, yet the effect of hEnSCs on cisplatin-induced AKI has not been studied; therefore, the present study was conducted to investigate this gap in the literature.
Materials and Methods
In this experimental study, hEnSCs were obtained from endometrial biopsy using collagenase I and were then cultured in DMEM/F12 medium. A total of 48 male Wistar rats (150-200 g) were classified into four groups: intact -receiving no treatment, model -receiving 5 mg/kg of body weight cisplatin, as well as phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) and cell -receiving either PBS or hEnSCs for three hours after cisplatin injection, respectively. Biochemical parameters, pathologic scores, apoptosis assay, Bcl-2 and Tnf-α expression were evaluated on day 5.
On day 5 post-transplantation we observed that HEnSCs injection has led to a decrease in both blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and serum creatinine (SCr), compared to the model and PBS groups (0.82 ± 0.03 vs. 1.42 ± 0.06, 1.09 ± 0.05 mg/dl and 61.53 ± 3.07 vs. 116.60 ± 2.12, 112.00 ± 1.35 mg/dl, respectively). The highest levels of pathologic scores were observed in model and PBS groups, while hEnSCs transplantation resulted in a decrease in pathologic scores (149.10 ± 7.03, 141.50 ± 4.68 vs. 118 ± 2.16). HEnSCs significantly decreased the percentage of TUNEL- positive cells in the cell group compared with model and PBS groups (20.37 ±. 3.37 vs. 33.67 ± 1.79, 31.53 ± 1.05 in glomeruli and 15.10 ± 1.47 vs. 42.33 ± 1.72, 39.23 ± 1.61 in tubules). In addition, HEnSCs resulted in upregulation of Bcl-2 and downregulation of Tnf-α in the cisplatin-induced AKI.
Our results showed that injection of hEnSCs may improve AKI through lowering the amount of apoptosis in renal cells.