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Anders, Hans-Joachim: Innate versus adaptive immunity in kidney immunopathology. In: BMC Nephrology 2013, 14:138
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Abstract

Most kidney disorders involve some degree of inflammation, i.e. induction of pro-inflammatory mediators and leukocyte recruitment. But what are the factors that determine inflammation as a trigger or a consequence of kidney injury? Which types of renal inflammation can be targeted by the novel more selective immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory agents? How to dissect the mechanisms behind innate and adaptive immune responses that are orchestrated inside or outside the kidney but both cause renal immunopathology i.e. renal inflammation? How to dissect leukocytic cell infiltrates into pro-inflammatory leukocytes from anti-inflammatory and pro-regenerative leukocytes? How to dissect leukocytes that support epithelial repair from those that promote renal fibrosis. The term `renal inflammation' has moved far beyond the descriptive category of `mixed leukocytic cell infiltrates' as commonly described in kidney biopsies. It is time to face the complexity of renal inflammation to finally benefit from the new age of novel immunomodulatory medicines.