In the April issue of Nature Medicine, Vicente Torres and colleagues report a new treatment for polycystic kidney disease (PKD), the fourth leading cause of kidney failure in the US.
PKD is a genetic disorder in which kidneys become overgrown with fluid-filled cysts. The authors tested the drug OPC31260, which blocks an important receptor in kidney cells, in a mouse model of autosomal dominant PKD, the most common form of the disease. The drug blocked disease development in the mice, reducing the number of kidney cysts and preventing the kidneys from becoming enlarged.
The authors say OPC31260 and similar drugs should be safe in clinical studies because they specifically target the kidneys. Other drugs targeting the same receptor are currently in clinical trials for diseases such as congestive heart failure and cirrhosis.
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