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Idiopathic membranous nephropathy and IgG4: an interesting relationship.
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PMID:  23380389     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Idiopathic membranous nephropathy (iMN) is a single-organ autoimmune disease characterized by subepithelial deposition of immune complexes containing IgG4 resulting in proteinuria, nephrotic syndrome, and, in some, end-stage renal disease. The pathogenesis involves a chronic IgG4 response against specific podocyte antigens which have now been at least partially defined in the neonatal, early childhood, and adult varieties. More has recently been learned about the genetic predisposition as well. This review discusses the pathophysiology of iMN in light of these discoveries and what is known about the genesis and potential clinical ramifications of an antigenspecific IgG4 response.
Authors:
Edward J Filippone
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical nephrology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0301-0430     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Nephrol.     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
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Created Date:  2013-2-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0364441     Medline TA:  Clin Nephrol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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