Administration of human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells restores bladder dysfunction in streptozotocin ‐induced diabetic rats
This study evaluated the effect of human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells (HUCB ‐MNCs) on bladder dysfunction in streptozotocin (STZ; 35 mg/kg, i.v.)‐induced diabetic rats.MethodsAdult male Sprague –Dawley rats (n = 30) were equally divided into three groups: control group, STZ‐diabetic group, and HUCB‐MNC‐treated group (1 × 106 cells). HUCB ‐MNCs were isolated by density gradient centrifugation from eight healthy donors and injected into the corpus cavenosum in STZ‐diabetic rats 4 weeks after the induction of diabetes. Studies were performed 4 weeks after HUCB‐MNC or vehicle injection. In vitro organ bath studies were performed o n bladder strips, whereas protein expression of hypoxia‐inducible factor (HIF)‐1α, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and α‐smooth muscle actin (SMA) in the bladder and the ratio of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) to collagen were determined using western blotting and Masson trichrome sta ining.ResultsNeurogenic contractions of detrusor smooth muscle strips were 55% smaller in the diabetic group than control group (P
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