A research team led by scientists from Monash University in Australia may have found the right combination to heal injured kidneys—adult stem cells and an anti-fibrotic protein called serelaxin. Neither therapy works as well when administered independently. Serelaxin appears to pave the way for healing by reducing scarring, creating conditions that allow the stem cells to better stimulate kidney repair. The discovery could result in personalized treatments to help patients regain kidney function and avoid dialysis.
Combining Stem-Cell Therapy with Anti-Scarring Agent May Heal Injured Kidneys, Medical Xpress, March 16, 2015