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Parietal epithelial cells: their role in health and disease.
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PMID:  21252509     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Parietal epithelial cells of Bowman's capsules were first described by Sir William Bowman in 1842 in his paper On the Structure and Use of the Malpighian Bodies of the Kidney [London, Taylor, 1842], but since then their functions have remained poorly understood. A large body of evidence has recently suggested that parietal epithelial cells represent a reservoir of renal progenitors in adult human kidney which generate novel podocytes during childhood and adolescence, and can regenerate injured podocytes. The discovery that parietal epithelial cells represent a potential source for podocyte regeneration suggests that podocyte injury can be repaired. However, recent results also suggest that an abnormal proliferative response of renal progenitors to podocyte injury can generate hyperplastic glomerular lesions that are observed in crescentic glomerulonephritis and other types of glomerular disorders. Taken together, these results establish an entirely novel view that changes the way of thinking about renal physiology and pathophysiology, and suggest that understanding how self-renewal and fate decision of parietal epithelial cells in response to podocyte injury may be perturbed or modulated will be crucial for obtaining novel tools for prevention and treatment of glomerulosclerosis.
Paola Romagnani
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-01-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contributions to nephrology     Volume:  169     ISSN:  1662-2782     ISO Abbreviation:  Contrib Nephrol     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513582     Medline TA:  Contrib Nephrol     Country:  Switzerland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  23-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Excellence Center for Research, Transfer and High Education DENOthe, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.
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