Book Chapter

KIDNEY DEVELOPMENT: TWO TALES OF TUBULOGENESIS

Melissa Little, Kylie Georgas, David Pennisi, Lorine Wilkinson

ORGANOGENESIS IN DEVELOPMENT | Current Topics in Developmental Biology | ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

The mammalian kidney may well be one of the most complex organs of postnatal life. Each adult human kidney contains on average more than one million functional filtration units, the nephrons, residing within a specialized cellular interstitium. Each kidney also contains over 25 distinct cell types, each of which must be specifically aligned with respect to each other to ensure both normal development and ultimately, normal renal function. Despite this complexity, the development of the kidney can be simplistically described as the coordinate formation of two distinct sets of tubules. These tubules develop cooperatively with each other in time and space, yet represent two distinct but classic..

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