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Intraperitoneal Injection of Graphene Oxide Nanoparticle Accelerates Stem Cell Therapy Effects on Acute Kidney Injury

Authors Foroutan T, Nafar M, Motamedi E

Received 12 April 2019

Accepted for publication 10 January 2020

Published 11 February 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 21—32


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Tahereh Foroutan,1 Mohsen Nafar,2 Elaheh Motamedi3

1Department of Animal Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran; 2Nephrology Department of Erfan Hospital, Tehran, Iran; 3Department of Nanotechnology, Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRII), Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Karaj, Iran

Correspondence: Tahereh Foroutan
Kharazmi University, Mofateh Street, Tehran 15614, Iran
Tel/Fax +98 21 86072709

Purpose: Graphene-based nanostructures have shown some degree of stem cell protection against cell death. Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a major cause of mortality in hospitalized patients. Here, graphene oxide (GO) was used to improve the efficacy of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the treatment of AKI induced by cisplatin, a chemotherapy medication used to treat a number of cancers.
Materials and Methods: Cisplatin-induced AKI was modeled in male rats. Intraperitoneal injection of MSCs mixed with GO, synthesized by graphite powder, H2SO4, and KMnO4 was administered in modeled animals. Biochemical analysis of serum and histological and immunohistochemical (IHC) staining of kidney tissue samples were determined.
Results: Administration of GO nanoparticles suspended in MSCs reduced serum levels of creatinine (Cr) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) in cisplatin-induced AKI in the experimental group compared to the control group. Histopathological evaluation also showed an improvement of morphological alterations of kidney, such as cellular proliferation, apoptosis and necrosis, cyst formation and intratubular debris in the experimental group compared to the control group. Our data revealed that GO injection alone without MSCs accelerated the improvement of the kidney injury induced by cisplatin.
Conclusion: This study demonstrated that suspended GO could enhance the efficacy of stem cells in the treatment of AKI. GO alone without stem cell accelerates the improvement of cisplatin-induced AKI.

Keywords: graphene oxide, kidney injury, stem cell

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