Thesis / Dissertation

Modelling Inherited Kidney Diseases with Kidney Organoids Derived by Directed Differentiation of Patient Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Thomas Alexander Forbes, Melissa Little (ed.)

Published : 2019

Abstract

Genetic kidney diseases are a heterogeneous group of disorders with varying phenotypes dependent on the affected nephron segment. Next generation sequencing has increased our appreciation of the breadth of gene variants associated with these diseases. It has also identified large numbers of variants of unknown significance (VUS), which require functional genomic validation. There is an unmet need for novel therapies for genetic kidney diseases as most invariably progress to dialysis or transplantation without any form of targeted treatment. Laboratory based research of genetic kidney disease requires the recapitulation of a disease phenotype in animal and/or in vitro cellular disease models..

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