UNLABELLED: Abstract Significance: Patients with diabetes mellitus suffer an excess of cardiovascular complications and recover worse from them as compared with their nondiabetic peers. It is well known that microangiopathy is the cause of renal damage, blindness, and heart attacks in patients with diabetes. This review highlights molecular deficits in stem cells and a supporting microenvironment, which can be traced back to oxidative stress and ultimately reduce stem cells therapeutic potential in diabetic patients.
RECENT ADVANCES: New research has shown that increased oxidative stress contributes to inducing microangiopathy in bone marrow (BM), the tissue contained inside the bones and the main source of stem cells. These precious cells not only replace old blood cells but also exert an important reparative function after acute injuries and heart attacks.
CRITICAL ISSUES: The starvation of BM as a consequence of microangiopathy can lead to a less efficient healing in diabetic patients with ischemic complications. Furthermore, stem cells from a patient's BM are the most used in regenerative medicine trials to mend hearts damaged by heart attacks.
FUTURE DIRECTIONS: A deeper understanding of redox signaling in BM stem cells will lead to new modalities for preserving local and systemic homeostasis and to more effective treatments of diabetic cardiovascular complications. Antioxid. Redox Signal. 21, 1620-1633.