Nephrology News and Events

News and Events from the Division of Nephrology will be shared via this blog.

11-12-2015: Immune system a must for kidney repair

August 29, 2018

Kidneys fail when the cells in the tubules, a component of the kidney’s basic structural unit, become dysfunctional. Although research has shown that immune cells that infiltrate renal tissue exacerbate and promote tubule dysfunction and structural injury, work done by Vanderbilt researchers Raymond Harris, M.D., Ming-Zhi Zhang, M.D., and colleagues suggests that local macrophages and dendritic cells might in turn promote repair.