Author(s): Happ H, de Heer E, Peters DJ
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Abstract Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) is an inherited systemic disease with intrarenal cystogenesis as its primary characteristic. A variety of mouse models provided information on the requirement of loss of balanced polycystin levels for initiation of cyst formation, the role of proliferation in cystogenesis and the signaling pathways involved in cyst growth and expansion. Here we will review the involvement of different signaling pathways during renal development, renal epithelial regeneration and cyst formation in ADPKD, focusing on planar cell polarity (PCP) and oriented cell division (OCD). This will be discussed in context of the hypothesis that aberrant PCP signaling causes cyst formation. In addition, the role of the Hippo pathway, which was recently found to be involved in cyst growth and tissue regeneration, and well-known for regulating organ size control, will be reviewed. The fact that Hippo signaling is linked to PCP signaling makes the Hippo pathway a novel cascade in cystogenesis. The newly gained understanding of the complex signaling network involved in cystogenesis and disease progression, not only necessitates refining of the current hypothesis regarding initiation of cystogenesis, but also has implications for therapeutic intervention strategies. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Polycystic Kidney Disease. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Biochim Biophys Acta
and referenced in Biochemistry & Physiology: Open Access