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Endothelial progenitor cells are known to reverse acute kidney injury by paracrine mechanisms. We previously found that microvesicles released from these progenitor cells activate an angiogenic program in endothelial cells by horizontal mRNA transfer. Here, we tested whether these microvesicles prevent acute kidney injury in a rat model of(More)
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a frequent complication in hospitalized patients often associated with multiple organ failure, increased mortality and progression toward chronic kidney disease. The identification of new cellular and molecular targets involved in AKI may lead to an improvement of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. In recent years, the(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are known to induce tissue repair by paracrine mechanisms including the release of growth factors and extracellular vesicles (EVs), nanoparticles able to carry proteins and genetic information to target cells. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether EVs derived from EPCs may protect from(More)
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is characterized by an increasing incidence and poor outcomes in both developed and undeveloped countries. AKI is also acquiring importance in the setting of kidney transplantation (KT): besides all the classical forms of AKI that KT patients may undergo, several transplant-specific injuries can also lead to the loss of graft(More)
The efficacy of islet transplantation is limited by poor graft vascularization. We herein demonstrated that microvesicles (MVs) released from endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) enhanced human islet vascularization. After incorporation into islet endothelium and β-cells, EPC-derived MVs favored insulin secretion, survival, and revascularization of islets(More)
INTRODUCTION Several studies demonstrated that endothelium dependent vasodilatation is impaired in cardiovascular and chronic kidney diseases because of oxidant stress-induced nitric oxide availability reduction. The Mediterranean diet, which is characterized by food containing phenols, was correlated with a reduced incidence of cardiovascular diseases and(More)
Introduction and Aims: Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are bone marrow-derived precursors known to reverse acute kidney injury (AKI) by paracrine mechanisms including the release of extracellular vesicles (EVs), small particles playing a role in intercellular communication through the transfer of proteins and RNAs. Activation of the complement cascade(More)
Background The renal assist device (RAD) is a blood purification system containing viable renal tubular epithelial cells (TECs) that has been proposed for the treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI) and multiple organ failure. Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) are oxygen carriers used for organ preservation in transplantation. The aim of this study was to investigate(More)
BACKGROUND Delayed graft function (DGF) is an early complication of kidney transplantation (KT) associated with increased risk of early loss of graft function. DGF increases using kidneys from extended criteria donors (ECD). NGAL is a 25KDa protein proposed as biomarker of acute kidney injury. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of NGAL as an(More)