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polycystic kidney disease

New potential drug targets in ADPKD

Currently there is no good treatment for the most common inherited cause of ESRD, adult polycystic kidney disease. There have been a number of high profile trials in ADPKD in recent years. These trials have endeavored to show…

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Aquaretics and PCKD

One of the big stories at the ASN this year was the announcement of the results of the TEMPO trial which were simultaneously published in NEJM. It has been known for some time that ADH is implicated in…

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Rapamycin and PCKD

A couple of years ago, it was noted that mTOR inhibitors slowed the growth of cysts in animal models of Polycystic Kidney Disease. Although the activity of mTOR is minimal in normal renal epithelial cells, in cyst epithelial…

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Cell Polarity and Cystic Diseases

There was an interesting article and accompanying editorial in JASN this month about the role of polarity in the development of cystic renal diseases. The maintenance of epithelial cell polarity is vital for the normal functioning of the…

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Polycystic Kidney Disease, mTOR and Sirolimus

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is characterized by the gradual enlargement of multiple fluid filled cysts in both kidneys, which compress and destroy normal adjacent nephrons, typically resulting in ESRD by the fifth decade of life. Management…

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