Kidney Development, Disease, Repair and Regeneration focuses on the molecular and cellular basis of kidney development, exploring the origins of kidney lineages, the development of kidney tissue subcompartments, as well as the genetic and environmental regulation of kidney development. Special coverage is given to kidney stem cells and possible steps towards kidney repair and regeneration. Emphasis is placed on the fetal origins of postnatal renal disease and our current understanding of the molecular basis of damage and repair. Biomedical researchers across experimental nephrology and developmental biology will find this a key reference for learning how the underlying developmental mechanisms of the kidney will lead to greater advances in regenerative medicine within nephrology.
Section 1: Development Development - Introduction 1. Zebrafish renal development and regeneration 2. Early specification and patterning of the intermediate mesoderm: genetics and epigenetics 3. The human kidney: parallels in structure, spatial development and timing of nephrogenesis 4. Growth factor signalling in UB branching 5. Quantification of branching morphogenesis 6. Transcriptional regulation of the nephrogenic mesenchyme and its progeny 7. The role of growth factors in balancing cap mesenchyme survival and differentiation 8. Notch signalling in nephron segmentation 9. Genetic and epigenetic regulation of nephron number in the human 10. Formation and maintenance of a functional glomerulus 11. Maturation and roles of collecting ducts and loops of Henle in renal medulla development 12. Balancing self-renewal and differentiation: the role of the stroma 13. The origin and regulation of the renal vasculature Section 2: Disease Disease - Introduction 14. Variation in nephron number and association with disease. 15. The effect of the in utero environment on nephrogenesis and renal function 16. Persistence of the nephrogenic mesenchyme in disease: the role of WT1 17. Wnts, Notch and tubular pathology 18. Regulation of ureteric bud outgrowth and the consequences of disrupted development 19. Abnormal ureter-bladder connections are associated 20. Polycystic kidney disease: underlying causes, consequences and variation between mouse and man. 21. Genetic aspects of human congenital anomalies of kidney and urinary tract 22. Inherited kidney disorders in the age of genomics 23. Fibrosis: a failure of normal repair and a common pathway to organ failure Section 3: Repair Repair - Introduction 24. Postnatal cell turnover in the nephron epithelium: what can this tell us 25. Plasticity within the collecting ducts: what role does this play in response to injury 26. The onset and resolution of renal fibrosis: a human perspective 27. Chronic renal damage: how does this suppress normal repair processes 28. Investigating the process of renal epithelial repair to develop new therapies 29. Evidence for renal progenitors in the human kidney 30. The papilla as a source of kidney progenitors 31. A positive role for the macrophage in renal repair 32. The use of MSCs for treating acute renal injury and modulating rejection Section 4: Regeneration Regeneration - Introduction 33. Reprogramming to the nephron progenitor state 34. From development to regeneration: kidney reconstitution in vitro and in vivo. 35. Directing the differentiation of pluripotent cells to renal endpoints 36. Patient-derived iPS cells: what can they teach us? 37. Xenotransplantation in the kidney: an historical perspective 38. The use of the nephrogenic niche of a xeno-embryo for commitment to kidney 39. Human fetal kidneys for renal regenerative medicine: from rudiments to nephron stem/progenitor cells 40. Renal replacement approaches using deceased donor sources 41. Tissue Engineering through Additive Manufacturing: Hope for a bioengineered kidney? 42. Decellularised scaffolds for the recreation of organs