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Kidney Int. 2006 Sep;70(5):910-3. Epub 2006 Jul 19.

Prevention of mesangial sclerosis by bone marrow transplantation.

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Department of Laboratory Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06520, USA.


Previously we have shown that bone marrow (BM) transplantation (BMT) can attenuate progression of and even ameliorate mesangial sclerosis (MS) in Wt1-heterozygous mice. However, it is unclear whether BMT performed before the onset of disease will prevent the development of MS. To investigate whether intravenous (i.v.) or intrarenal (i.r.) administration of BM have equal effects on the progression of MS in Wt1-heterozygous mice, young Wt1-heterozygous mice that had not yet developed renal disease were used as recipients for BMT. After preconditioning with 750 cGy radiation, mice were transplanted with one million wild-type BM via i.v. or i.r. administration. All recipients and untreated controls were assessed for urinary albumin loss, renal pathology, and BM donor-derived renal cells over time. Representative kidney samples were subjected to transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. Interestingly, i.r. and i.v. administration of BM cells gave comparable hematopoietic engraftment levels, and both were able to prevent the onset of MS as assessed by improved lifespan, renal function, renal histology, and TEM analysis. Taken together, we show for the first time that MS can be prevented if BMT is performed before disease onset. Similar therapeutic effects were obtained whether the BM was administered i.v. or i.r.

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