Development of the metanephric kidney

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The kidney plays an integral role in filtering the blood—removing metabolic by-products from the body and regulating blood pressure. This requires the establishment of large numbers of efficient and specialized blood filtering units (nephrons) that incorporate a system for vascular exchange and nutrient reabsorption as well as a collecting duct system to remove waste (urine) from the body. Kidney development is a dynamic process which generates these structures through a delicately balanced program of self-renewal and commitment of nephron progenitor cells that inhabit a constantly evolving cellular niche at the tips of a branching ureteric “tree.” The former cells build the nephrons and the latter the collecting duct system. Maintaining these processes across fetal development is critical for establishing the normal “endowment” of nephrons in the kidney and perturbations to this process are associated both with mutations in integral genes and with alterations to the fetal environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Topics in Developmental Biology
EditorsMarcus Affolter
Place of PublicationLondon UK
Number of pages40
ISBN (Print)9780128145890
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameCurrent Topics in Developmental Biology
ISSN (Print)0070-2153


  • Branching morphogenesis
  • Kidney
  • Kidney development
  • Metanephros
  • Nephron
  • Nephron progenitor
  • Ureteric bud

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