Tracing Renal Cell Carcinomas back to the Nephron

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Renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) are a heterogeneous group of tumors derived from the epithelial cells of the nephron. In recent years the genetic landscape of these tumors has been detailed, leading to progress in mouse modeling of the human disease. In parallel, substantial advancements have been made in describing the transcriptional programs of normal nephron cell types and how they respond to renal insults. Integrating these research fields may provide a deeper understanding of renal tumor initiation and progression, and provide leads that can be conveyed into mouse models that faithfully recapitulate the different RCC subtypes. We summarize here the genetic lesions and molecular pathways that define RCC subtypes and discuss how these relate to cell-of-origin and renal repair programs.

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  • Cancer and Oncology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-484
JournalTrends in Cancer
Volume4
Issue number7
Early online date2018 Jun 5
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes