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Aquaporins and the Kidney

The discovery of aquaporins–the protein family of water channels which regulate water transport in the kidney and many other tissues–was considered significant enough to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Peter Agre in 2003.   The aquaporins…

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Genetics of Wilms Tumor

Wilms Tumor–named after the German surgeon/pathologist Max Wilms (pictured at left)–is an embryonal tumor that derives from developing kidney tissue. Wilms was the first to postulate that tumors may arise from precursor cells which arise during development, and…

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The Erythropoietin Receptor

As we all know, erythropoietin is secreted predominantly by the kidney (85% from the kidney, 15% from the liver) in response to hypoxia and its function is to stimulate erythropoiesis in the bone marrow.  What  is the receptor…

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SGK1 Polymorphisms

The most recent issue of NephSAP (“Fluids, Electrolytes, and Acid-Base Disturbances”) features a mini-review describing the role of the kinase SGK1 in the regulation of various nephrology-related disorders, such as salt-sensitive hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and renal fibrosis. How…

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microRNAs and the Kidney

MicroRNAs: one of the sexiest topics in the science community these days! Pick up a copy of Science, Nature, or Cell and you can usually find something to do with microRNAs within. What do these have to do…

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