A new study released jointly by Researchers at Tel Aviv (Sheba Medical Center) and Stanford University shows, for the first time, how the kidney can rejuvenate itself. Popular medical opinion suggested that the kidney was unable to regenerate. Now however, using genetically modified mice, Researchers were able to trace cell growth in the kidney, which revived itself in the proper array of tubes and ducts.
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This is HUGE news and the study is revolutionary in a number of ways, most notably the fact that it could mean the end of the need for Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation in the future! Are you excited? According to Dr. Benjamin Dekel (Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine), by using genetically developed mice (Rainbow Mice) which give off fluorescent signals in cells, the team was able to pinpoint the WNT Signal (a specific molecule responsible for renal cell growth). This had never been done before.
Once activated in the kidney, the WNT signal results in substantial renal cell growth and regeneration! What's more, Researchers found that each of the nephrons (the filtering tubes that are the basic unit of the kidney) in the kidney grew at its own pace, complete with its own network of associated tubules (small tubes), capillaries (blood vessels), and other components.
Until now, scientists had believed that the liver is the only human organ that can regenerate itself. Now we know better. With the key to kidney cell growth now unlocked, the next stage explained Dr. Dekel, "is to develop techniques to enhance growth, with the aim of enabling Chronic Kidney Disease patients to regenerate their kidneys" without having to resort to Dialysis or a Kidney Transplant.
This discovery is met with many other great breakthroughs this year including "off the shelf AV Fistulas" as well as "Wearable and Implantable Artificial Kidneys." For the most breaking and up to date News & Information about how Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients can manage their lives, visit KidneyBuzz.com every day. Also, don't forget to order your copy of Fight Kidney Disease and Diabetes - Life Management Guide today, if you have not already done so (http://www.kidneybuzz.com/fight-kidney-disease-diabetes-e-book/).
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