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Nat Cell Biol. 2013 Sep;15(9):1035-44. doi: 10.1038/ncb2828. Epub 2013 Aug 25.

Stromal-epithelial crosstalk regulates kidney progenitor cell differentiation.

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1] Department of Internal Medicine (Nephrology), University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75390-9148, USA [2] Department of Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75390-9148, USA.

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  • Nat Cell Biol. 2013 Oct;15(10):1260.

Abstract

Present models suggest that the fate of the kidney epithelial progenitors is solely regulated by signals from the adjacent ureteric bud. The bud provides signals that regulate the survival, renewal and differentiation of these cells. Recent data suggest that Wnt9b, a ureteric-bud-derived factor, is sufficient for both progenitor cell renewal and differentiation. How the same molecule induces two seemingly contradictory processes is unknown. Here, we show that signals from the stromal fibroblasts cooperate with Wnt9b to promote differentiation of the progenitors. The atypical cadherin Fat4 encodes at least part of this stromal signal. Our data support a model whereby proper kidney size and function is regulated by balancing opposing signals from the ureteric bud and stroma to promote renewal and differentiation of the nephron progenitors.

PMID:
23974041
PMCID:
PMC3891676
DOI:
10.1038/ncb2828
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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