Urine-Derived Stem Cells: Applications in Regenerative and Predictive Medicine

Guida Bento, Aygul K Shafigullina, Albert A Rizvanov, Vilma A Sardão, Maria Paula Macedo, Paulo J Oliveira

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Despite being a biological waste, human urine contains a small population of cells with self-renewal capacity and differentiation potential into several cell types. Being derived from the convoluted tubules of nephron, renal pelvis, ureters, bladder and urethra, urine-derived stem cells (UDSC) have a similar phenotype to mesenchymal stroma cells (MSC) and can be reprogrammed into iPSC (induced pluripotent stem cells). Having simple, safer, low-cost and noninvasive collection procedures, the interest in UDSC has been growing in the last decade. With great potential in regenerative medicine applications, UDSC can also be used as biological models for pharmacology and toxicology tests. This review describes UDSC biological characteristics and differentiation potential and their possible use, including the potential of UDSC-derived iPSC to be used in drug discovery and toxicology, as well as in regenerative medicine. Being a new cellular platform amenable to noninvasive collection for disease stratification and personalized therapy could be a future application for UDSC.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2020

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    Bento, G., Shafigullina, A. K., Rizvanov, A. A., Sardão, V. A., Macedo, M. P., & Oliveira, P. J. (2020). Urine-Derived Stem Cells: Applications in Regenerative and Predictive Medicine. Cells, 9(3). https://doi.org/10.3390/cells9030573