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2020 Apr 17

Curr Diabetes Rev

Stem Cell Therapies for the Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathies: Future Perspectives.


de Figueiredo C S, Dos Reis L C
Curr Diabetes Rev. 2020 Apr 17.
PMID: 32303173.


Diabetic neuropathies (DN) are the most common complications in diabetic patients, affecting about 70% of them. Patients with DN may lose sensation in certain areas of the body, facilitating the onset of foot ulcers, as well as chronic pain. This is due to the progressive degeneration of nerve fibers, demyelination, and axonopathy. Recent studies about stem cell therapies for the treatment of DN show promising potential for tissue regeneration. Results with mesenchymal stem cells derived from various organs/tissues demonstrate great therapeutic potential considering their easy obtainment, as well as their immunomodulatory and proregenerative effects. However, problems such as cell transplant rejection, tumor formation, transplantation safety, and effectiveness still need to be solved. Developmental biology lacks detailed insights in some aspects about cell mechanisms, like the genetic components of cell growth or differentiation. These gaps can to limit a rapid advance in stem cell therapy research and puts it in the future a little bit farther from the expectations that have emerged in recent media.