A new study appearing in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine (SCTM) shows how understanding the way a type of molecule called CD133 functions might contribute to an understanding of the mechanisms involved in kidney repair.
Kidney injuries affect up to 7 percent of hospitalized patients, with those in intensive care especially vulnerable. An increasing amount of evidence indicates that although the kidney might seem to regain normal function, in fact it remains permanently damaged.
Studies conducted on mice have shown that stem cell therapy is a possible path to total kidney repair. That's why scientists are interested in the CD133 molecule.