Systematic review of mouse kidney transplantation

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A mouse model of kidney transplantation was first described in 1973 by Skoskiewicz et al. Although the mouse model is technically difficult, it is attractive for several reasons: the mouse genome has been characterized and in many aspects is similar to man and there is a greater diversity of experimental reagents and techniques available for mouse studies than other experimental models. We reviewed the literature on all studies of mouse kidney transplantation to report the donor and recipient strain combinations that have been investigated and the resultant survival and histological outcomes. Some models of kidney transplantation have used the transplanted kidney as a life-supporting organ, however, in many studies the recipient mouse's native kidney has been left in situ. Several different combinations of inbred mouse strains have been reported, with varying degrees of injury, survival or tolerance because of haplotype differences. This model has been exceptionally useful as an investigational tool to understand multiple aspects of transplantation including acute rejection, cellular and humoral rejection mechanisms and their treatment. Furthermore, this model has been used to investigate disease mechanisms beyond transplant rejection including intrinsic renal disease and infection-associated pathology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1149-60
Number of pages12
JournalTransplant international
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


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