Utilization of the chick chorioallantoic membrane for in vitro growth of the embryonic murine kidney.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Previous experimental investigations of embryonic kidney development with in vitro organ-culture techniques have been limited by the short duration of graft viability and lack of detailed anatomic development. In a modified application of the chick chorioallantoic-membrane (CAM) grafting technique, we have transplanted 11-day-old undifferentiated embryonic murine kidney rudiments and studied their differentiation and early morphogenesis. Surviving grafts, maintained for 5-10 days on the CAM, demonstrated well-developed convoluted secretory tubules and highly branched collecting ducts. Definitive glomeruli were also identified in these grafts by the presence of efferent tubules, visceral and parietal epithelium, capillary tuft, and Bowman's space. In vitro branching of the ureteric bud preceded formation of definitive tubules. Sections of the CAM grafts appeared histologically comparable to the 14-15-day in vivo embryonic metanephros. Grafts of 10-day-old rudiments showed minimal kidney development; fewer grafts survived, fewer tubules were formed, and fewer glomeruli developed. Our results indicate that the CAM is an efficient site for in vitro murine kidney development with both vascularization of the explant and extensive maturation, including the appearance of primitive nephron units.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Preminger, GM; Koch, WE; Fried, FA; Mandell, J

Published Date

  • September 1, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 159 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 17 - 24

PubMed ID

  • 7004163

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7004163

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9106

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/aja.1001590103


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States