CDK4-Transformed Mouse Podocytes Useful for Studying Glomerular Diseases
Posted Jul 26 2011 8:00pm
Description of Invention: Podocytes, cells of the visceral epithelium in the kidneys, are a key component of the glomerular filtration barrier. Podocyte damage and loss contribute to the initiation of glomerular diseases. Cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (CDK4), a catalytic subunit of the cyclin D-CDK4 serine/threonine kinase complex, is a critical regulator of the cell cycle. Recent studies showed that cells immortalized with CDK4 are useful to study pathophysiology. NIH investigators have generated mouse podocytes transformed with CDK4 as a nonviral immortalizing gene. These transformed podocytes show podocyte characteristics and express podocyte markers. Furthermore, confluent CDK4-podocyte cultures show higher levels of gene expression for multiple podocyte differentiation genes compared with subconfluent or lower density culture.
Model system for study of glomerular disorders.
Useful tools to study podocyte biology.
Advantages: Better model system to study podocyte structure and function.
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