Resolution of glomerular inflammation

  • David C. Kluth
  • Jeremy Hughes
Part of the Progress in Inflammation Research book series (PIR)


A key role of the kidney is to eliminate many of the waste products generated by cellular metabolism and to maintain biochemical and acid base homeostasis of the organism. Kidneys contain spherical microvascular capillary networks called glomeruli that filter the plasma through a highly specialised filtration barrier (Fig. 1). Glomeruli are composed of three main cell types: mesangial cells, endothelial cells and glomerular epithelial cells (podocytes). The contractile mesangial cells are located within the centre of the glomerulus and support the delicate glomerular capillary network. The outermost podocytes are key components of the glomerular filtration barrier. The glomerular filtrate passes into Bowman’s space and the composition of this fluid is altered by tubular epithelial cells as it passes along the lumen of the nephrons. A more detailed description of renal physiology is outside the scope of the chapter but it should be noted that end stage renal failure is uniformly fatal if patients do not undergo dialysis or receive a functioning kidney transplant. It is therefore apparent that strategies that promote the resolution of glomerular inflammation would be predicted to be of great therapeutic benefit.


Lupus Nephritis Mesangial Cell Glomerular Injury Crescentic Glomerulonephritis Mesangial Cell Proliferation 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel/Switzerland 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Kluth
    • 1
  • Jeremy Hughes
    • 1
  1. 1.MRC Centre for Inflammation ResearchUniversity of Edinburgh, Queens Medical Research CentreEdinburghUK

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