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Stem Cells International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 7304643, 17 pages
Review Article

(Mesenchymal) Stem Cell-Based Therapy in Cisplatin-Induced Acute Kidney Injury Animal Model: Risk of Immunogenicity and Tumorigenicity

1Department of Nephrology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
2Institute of Pathology, Medical Experimental Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Zaloška 4, SI-1105 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Correspondence should be addressed to M. Perše

Received 25 August 2017; Accepted 12 November 2017; Published 12 December 2017

Academic Editor: Luca Vanella

Copyright © 2017 Ž. Večerić-Haler et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Pathogenesis of AKI is complex and involves both local events in the kidney as well as systemic effects in the body that are interconnected and interdependent. Despite intensive investigations there is still no pharmacological agent that could provide complete protection against cisplatin nephrotoxicity. In the last decade mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been proposed as a potentially useful therapeutic strategy in various diseases, including acute kidney injury. Although MSCs have potent immunosuppressive properties, animal studies also suggest that transplanted MSCs may elicit immune response. Interestingly, tumorigenicity of transplanted MSCs in animal studies has been rarely studied. Since the risk of tumorigenicity of particular therapy as well as the immune response to solid or cell grafts is a major issue in clinical trials, the aim of the present paper is to critically summarize the results of MSC transplantation on animal models of AKI, particularly cisplatin-induced animal models, and to expose results and main concerns about immunogenicity and tumorigenicity of transplanted MSCs, two important issues that need to be addressed in future studies.