Evolutionary genetics and acclimatization in nephrology.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Evolutionary processes, including mutation, migration and natural selection, have influenced the prevalence and distribution of various disorders in humans. However, despite a few well-known examples, such as the APOL1 variants - which have undergone positive genetic selection for their ability to confer resistance to Trypanosoma brucei infection but confer a higher risk of chronic kidney disease - little is known about the effects of evolutionary processes that have shaped genetic variation on kidney disease. An understanding of basic concepts in evolutionary genetics provides an opportunity to consider how findings from ancient and archaic genomes could inform our knowledge of evolution and provide insights into how population migration and genetic admixture have shaped the current distribution and landscape of human kidney-associated diseases. Differences in exposures to infectious agents, environmental toxins, dietary components and climate also have the potential to influence the evolutionary genetics of kidneys. Of note, selective pressure on loci associated with kidney disease is often from non-kidney diseases, and thus it is important to understand how the link between genome-wide selected loci and kidney disease occurs in relation to secondary nephropathies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Adeyemo, AA; Shriner, D; Bentley, AR; Gbadegesin, RA; Rotimi, CN

Published Date

  • December 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 827 - 839

PubMed ID

  • 34584272

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8478000

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1759-507X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41581-021-00483-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England