Genetic diseases of the kidney offers expert insight into the role of genetic abnormalities in the pathogenesis of abnormal kidney function and kidney disease genetic abnormalities are carefully presented within the appropriate physiologic context so that readers will understand not only which genes are linked to which diseases but also which . Advances in genetic techniques are providing novel insights into kidney diseases especially diagnosis classification pathogenesis and therapy many congenital kidney diseases are due to single gene defects eg some cases of nephrotic syndrome resistant to steroids. Genetic causality and predictive power of mutation analysis in single gene disorders which are also known as monogenic diseases a mutation of a single gene out of the total of 25000 genes is sufficient to cause the disease. Doctors have long known that some families have more members with kidney disease than others studying the genes of families that have more kidney disease is just one of the research areas supported by the national kidney foundation one recent research project looked at how genes affect the causes of kidney disease. Genetic diseases of the kidney john foreman division of pediatric nephrology duke university medical center durham nc usa abstract the number of genes associated with renal disease is increasing every day and this has led to a clearer understanding of the pathophysiology of renal disease in many disorders
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