Journal article

Regrow or repair: Potential regenerative therapies for the kidney

Melissa H Little

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY | AMER SOC NEPHROLOGY | Published : 2006

Abstract

Regenerative medicine is being heralded in a similar way as gene therapy was some 15 yr ago. It is an area of intense excitement and potential, as well as myth and disinformation. However, with the increasing rate of end-stage renal failure and limited alternatives for its treatment, we must begin to investigate seriously potential regenerative approaches for the kidney. This review defines which regenerative options there might be for renal disease, summarizes the progress that has been made to date, and investigates some of the unique obstacles to such treatments that the kidney presents. The options discussed include in situ organ repair via bone marrow recruitment or dedifferentiation; e..

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