Generation of heterozygous PKD1 mutant pigs exhibiting early-onset renal cyst formation

Masahito Watanabe, Kazuhiro Umeyama, Kazuaki Nakano, Hitomi Matsunari, Toru Fukuda, Kei Matsumoto, Susumu Tajiri, Shuichiro Yamanaka, Koki Hasegawa, Kazutoshi Okamoto, Ayuko Uchikura, Shuko Takayanagi, Masaki Nagaya, Takashi Yokoo, Hiromitsu Nakauchi, Hiroshi Nagashima

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Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common inherited kidney disease, manifesting as the progressive development of fluid-filled renal cysts. In approximately half of all patients with ADPKD, end-stage renal disease results in decreased renal function. In this study, we used CRISPR-Cas9 and somatic cell cloning to produce pigs with the unique mutation c.152_153insG (PKD1insG/+). Pathological analysis of founder cloned animals and progeny revealed that PKD1insG/+ pigs developed many pathological conditions similar to those of patients with heterozygous mutations in PKD1. Pathological similarities included the formation of macroscopic renal cysts at the neonatal stage, number and cystogenic dynamics of the renal cysts formed, interstitial fibrosis of the renal tissue, and presence of a premature asymptomatic stage. Our findings demonstrate that PKD1insG/+ pigs recapitulate the characteristic symptoms of ADPKD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-569
Number of pages10
JournalLaboratory Investigation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


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