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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Neonatal calyceal dilation and renal fibrosis resulting from loss of Adamts-1 in mouse kidney is due to a developmental dysgenesis.

BACKGROUND: A disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs 1, Adamts-1, is important for the development and function of the kidney. Mice lacking this protein present with renal lesions comprising enlarged calyces, and reduced cortex and medulla layers. Our current findings are consistent with the defect occurring due to a developmental dysgenesis. METHODS: We generated Adamts-1 null mice, and further investigated their kidney phenotype in a time course study ranging from E18.5 to 12 months of age. Immunohistochemistry was used to assess the localization of type IV collagen, TGF-beta and F4/80-positive macrophages in the kidneys of Adamts-1 null mice compared to wild-type control animals. The expression of Adamts-1 mRNA was determined in metanephric kidney explants by in situ hybridization. RESULTS: Adamts-1 null mice have a gross kidney defect. At day 18.5 of gestation, the Adamts-1 null kidney has a normal appearance but at birth when the kidney begins to function, the defect becomes evident. During development of the kidney Adamts-1 expression was specifically detected in the developing loops of Henle, as well as in the proximal and distal convoluted tubules. Expression was not detected in the ureter, ureteric bud or its derivatives as had been previously suggested. At 6 months and 1 year of age, the Adamts-1 null mice displayed interstitial fibrosis in the cortical and medullary regions of the kidney. At 1 year of age, the Adamts-1 null mice displayed mild interstitial matrix expansion associated with increased collagen type IV expression, without apparent tubular dilatation, compared to wild-type animals. Immunohistochemical analysis demonstrated TGF-beta protein localized to infiltrating macrophages and glomeruli of Adamts-1 null mice. CONCLUSIONS: Adamts-1 is required for the normal development of the kidney. The defect observed in its absence results from a dysgenic malformation affecting the medulla that becomes apparent at birth, once the kidneys start to function.[1]


  1. Neonatal calyceal dilation and renal fibrosis resulting from loss of Adamts-1 in mouse kidney is due to a developmental dysgenesis. Mittaz, L., Ricardo, S., Martinez, G., Kola, I., Kelly, D.J., Little, M.H., Hertzog, P.J., Pritchard, M.A. Nephrol. Dial. Transplant. (2005) [Pubmed]
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