Early immunotherapy using autologous adult stem cells reversed the effect of anti-pancreatic islets in recently diagnosed type 1 diabetes mellitus: preliminary results

Med Sci Monit. 2013 Oct 14:19:852-7. doi: 10.12659/MSM.889525.


Background: Bone marrow stem cell treatment has been proven a promising therapeutic strategy and showed significant results given the strong immune modulating properties. We have investigated the safety and efficacy of autologous bone marrow stem cell transplantation through liver puncture in two patients with recently diagnosed type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Material and methods: The procedure was approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee. In 2011, in three young patients, type 1 diabetes mellitus diagnosis was confirmed, with the presence of positive antibodies and ketoacidosis. Two patients was treated with autologous bone marrow stem cell stimulated with filgrastim and transplantation, through liver puncture, as immune modulators. One patients was treated with conventional treatment and participate in this experiment as a control group. The families of the patients signed the informed consent. No specific statistical analysis was performed. The patients had less than 8 years old, diagnosis of type 1 diabetes for less than 60 days, body mass index less than 22 kg/m2, normal complete blood count, coagulation and renal function, no lesions in target organs, glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) level less than 13.70%, c-peptide level less than 0.67 ng/ml, positive results of Islets Cells Antibody (ICA), Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase (GAD) and insulin antibody.

Results: In two patients treated, the follow up at 12 months showed negative value in ICA, GAD and anti insulin antibody levels, with an increased levels of c peptide and decreased levels of blood glucose and HbA1c.

Conclusions: Treatment with autologous bone marrow stem cells is easy and effective as it reversed the production and effect of anti pancreatic islet antibody and significantly resulted in an increased c-peptide concentration.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult Stem Cells / transplantation*
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation*
  • C-Peptide / blood
  • Child
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / immunology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / therapy*
  • Female
  • Filgrastim
  • Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor
  • Hemoglobins / analysis
  • Humans
  • Immunotherapy / methods*
  • Insulin Antibodies / blood
  • Islets of Langerhans / immunology
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Transplantation, Autologous
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Blood Glucose
  • C-Peptide
  • Hemoglobins
  • Insulin Antibodies
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor
  • Filgrastim