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WT1 is a tumor suppressor gene with a key role in urogenital development and the pathogenesis of Wilms' tumor. Two alternative splice sites in the WT1 transcript allow the gene to encode four proteins. These carry four Krüppel-type zinc fingers and to date have primarily been implicated in transcriptional control of genes involved in growth regulation.(More)
WT1 is essential for normal kidney development, and genetic alterations are associated with Wilms' tumor, Denys Drash (DDS), and Frasier syndromes. Although generally considered a transcription factor this study has revealed that WT1 interacts with an essential splicing factor, U2AF65, and associates with the splicing machinery. WT1 is alternatively spliced(More)
This study examines the ontogeny of cellular pH regulation in renal proximal tubule cells (RPTC). RPTC from 8- to 40-day-old Sprague-Dawley rats (RPTC-8 to RPTC-40) were studied after 48 h of primary culture. Intracellular pH (pHi) was measured by quantitative fluorescence microscopy using 2',7'-bis(carboxyethyl)-5(6)-carboxyfluorescein. Recordings were(More)
The Wilms' tumour suppressor gene (WT1) encodes a protein(s) with 4 zinc fingers that is essential for the development of the genitourinary system. A considerable body of evidence exists to support the idea that WT1 binds DNA and functions as a transcription factor. However, we have shown recently by confocal microscopy and immunoprecipitation studies that(More)
As health care systems worldwide struggle with rising costs, a consensus is emerging to refocus reform efforts on value, as determined by the evaluation of patient outcomes relative to costs. One method of using outcome data to improve health care value is the disease registry. An international study of thirteen registries in five countries (Australia,(More)
We have studied the ontogeny of Na-K ATPase-mediated Na and K transport in rat renal proximal tubular cells using electron probe analysis. The cells were cultured from kidneys of 10-day-old, young (Y), and 40-day-old, adult (A) rats. Before an experiment cells were Na-loaded and K-depleted by incubation in K-free medium. The maximum rate of(More)
During the peri- and early postnatal period, nephrogenesis is completed and kidney growth is accomplished both by cellular proliferation and enlargement. The number of nephrons in a given species is predetermined, whereas cellular growth can be influenced by environmental factors in an age-dependent manner. Unilateral nephrectomy or a high-protein diet(More)
We have previously demonstrated that leukotriene B4 (LTB4) induces in vitro a transient state of hyperadhesiveness in cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) for neutrophils (PMN). The magnitude of this response is intermediate of that conferred by thrombin and by platelet-activating factor (PAF). This report shows that the LTB4 response was(More)
Kidney epithelial cells in short-term primary culture have been studied with regard to proliferative rate and expression on the c-fos protooncogene. The experiments were performed on subconfluent renal proximal tubule cells isolated from infant and adolescent rats. Proliferation was determined by 3H-thymidine autoradiography and nuclear content of c-fos(More)