Genetic Etiologies, Diagnosis, and Management of Neonatal Cystic Kidney Disease

Leah S. Heidenreich, Ellen M. Bendel-Stenzel, Peter C. Harris, Christian Hanna

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Fetal kidney development is a complex and carefully orchestrated process. The proper formation of kidney tissue involves many transcription factors and signaling pathways. Pathogenic variants in the genes that encodethese factors and proteins can result in neonatal cystic kidney disease. Advancements in genomic sequencing have allowed us to identify many of these variants and better understand the genetic underpinnings for an increasing number of presentations of childhood kidney disorders. This review discusses the genes essential in kidney development, particularly those involved in the structure and function of primary cilia, and implications of gene identification for prognostication and management of cystic kidney disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e175-e188
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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