Sheba Nephrologist Reveals Innovative Technology for Kidney Regeneration
The breakthrough study shows how a patient’s own stem cells can be used for kidney rejuvenation, effectively replacing damaged kidney tissue and improving its function. The encouraging results lead to speculation about the end of dialysis in the future.
Now, Prof. Dekel and his team have developed an innovative technology to enable healthy kidney cells to be extracted from diseased kidneys. These cells are then multiplied in a laboratory until they reach large numbers. Then, “kidney spheres” (3D cultures) are generated, which display an improved function to produce new kidney tissue and replace lost cells. The new cells are delivered into the damaged kidney, where they are able to rebuild healthy renal tissue and positively affect neighboring cells, enhancing overall function.