NUI Galway NEPHSTROM team celebrate 3 recent publications

Congratulations to NEPHSTROM researchers at NUI Galway who have recently published three papers:

“Allogeneic Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (MSCs) are of Comparable Efficacy to Syngeneic MSCs for Therapeutic Revascularization in C57BKSdb/db Mice Despite the Induction of Alloantibody”, A. LiewC. Baustian, D. Thomas, E. VaughanC. Sanz-NoguésM. CreaneX. ChenS. AlagesanP. OwensJ. HoranP. DockeryM. D. GriffinA. DuffyT. O’Brien. Cell Transplant. 2018 Aug;27(8):1210-1221. DOI: 10.1177/0963689718784862. Epub 2018 Jul 17. Download the pdf here.

“Effect of Sodium Glucose Co-Transporter-2 Inhibition on the Aldosterone/Renin Ratio in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus”, Griffin TP, Islam MN, Blake L, Bell M, Griffin MD, O’Shea PM. Horm Metab Res 2019; 51:91-99. DOI: 10.1055/a-0794-7026. Epub 2018 Dec 6

“Defining reference intervals for a serum growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) assay in a Caucasian population and its potential utility in diabetic kidney disease (DKD)”, Siobhan M. Hamon, Tomás P. Griffin, Md Nahidul Islam, Deirdre Wall, Matthew D. Griffin, Paula M. O’Shea, Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM), 20180534, ISSN (Online) 1437-4331, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston, 2018, DOI:

New NEPHSTROM study published in the CCLM

A new NEPHSTROM study has just been published in the Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM): “Defining reference intervals for a serum growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) assay in a Caucasian population and its potential utility in diabetic kidney disease (DKD)” by Siobhan M. Hamon, Tomás P. Griffin, Md Nahidul Islam, Deirdre Wall, Matthew D. Griffin, and Paula M. O’Shea.

Background: Growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), a stress-responsive cytokine, is a promising biomarker of renal functional decline in diabetic kidney disease (DKD). This study aimed primarily to establish normative data and secondarily to evaluate the potential utility of GDF-15 in DKD using Roche Diagnostics electrochemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA) in an Irish Caucasian population.

Methods: Following informed consent, 188 healthy volunteers and 128 participants with diabetes (72 with and 56 without DKD) were recruited to a cross-sectional study. Baseline demographics, anthropometric measurements and laboratory measurements were recorded. Blood for GDF-15 measurement was collected into plain specimen tubes kept at room temperature and processed (centrifugation, separation of serum, freezing at −80 °C) within 1 h of phlebotomy pending batch analyses. Reference intervals were determined using the 2.5th and 97.5th percentiles for serum GDF-15 concentration.

Conclusions: The reference interval for serum GDF-15 in a healthy Irish Caucasian population using Roche Diagnostics ECLIA was established and a preliminary determination of the potential of GDF-15 as a screening test for DKD was made. Further prospective validation with a larger DKD cohort will be required before the cutoff presented here is recommended for clinical use.

Published Online: September 15, 2018 | DOI:

Read the entire NEPHSTROM Publications list here:

Nephstrom study published in Immunology & Cell Biology

A National University of Ireland Galway REMEDI-Cúram-NEPHSTROM- funded study ‘Phenotypic and functional heterogeneity of human intermediate monocytes based on HLA-DR expression’ has been recently published in Immunology & Cell Biology. The body of research by Connaughton EPNaicker SHanley SASlevin SMEykelenboom JKLowndes NFO’Brien TCeredig RGriffin MD, and Dennedy MC was published on 5 March 2018.



Human blood monocytes are sub-classified as classical, intermediate and non-classical. In this study, it was shown that conventionally-defined human intermediate monocytes (IM) can be divided into two distinct subpopulations with mid- and high-level surface expression of HLA-DR (referred to as DRmid and DRhi IM). These IM subpopulations were phenotypically and functionally characterized in healthy adult blood by flow cytometry, migration assays and lipoprotein uptake assays. Their absolute numbers and proportions were then compared in blood samples from obese and non-obese adults. DRmid and DRhi IM differentially expressed several proteins including CD62L, CD11a, CX3CR1 and CCR2. Overall, the DRmid IM surface profile more closely resembled that of classical monocytes while DRhi IM were more similar to non-classical. However, in contrast to classical monocytes, DRmid IM migrated weakly to CCL2, had reduced intracellular calcium flux following CCR2 ligation and favored adherence to TNF-α-activated endothelium over transmigration. In lipid uptake assays, DRmid IM demonstrated greater internalization of oxidized and acetylated low density lipoprotein than DRhi IM. In obese compared to non-obese adults, proportions and absolute numbers of DRmid , but not DRhi IM, were increased in blood. The results are consistent with phenotypic and functional heterogeneity within the IM subset that may be of specific relevance to lipoprotein scavenging and metabolic health.

doi: 10.1111/imcb.12032. [Epub ahead of print]

NEPHSTROM research published in Frontiers in Immunology


The paper ‘Anti-Donor Immune Responses Elicited by Allogeneic Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Their Extracellular Vesicles: Are We Still Learning?’ is based on the work of Dr Paul Lohan, Dr Oliver Treacy, Prof Matthew Griffin, Prof Thomas Ritter and Dr Aideen Ryan of the National University of Ireland Galway. The publication appears in the November 24, 2017, edition of Frontiers in Immunology. This research was funded by NEPHSTROM, amongst other sources. Read the entire manuscript here.

Front. Immunol., 24 November 2017