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Kidney Development

  1. Hannu Sariola1,
  2. Jonathan Bard2

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0004184



How to Cite

Sariola, H. and Bard, J. 2006. Kidney Development. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

  2. 2

    University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

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In higher vertebrates, the pronephros and mesonephros are transitory embryonic organs: the permanent functional kidney is the metanephros. The metanephros is derived from intermediate mesoderm, and its differentiation is regulated by reciprocal inductive tissue interactions between the ureteric bud and the nephrogenic mesenchyme.


  • kidney;
  • metanephros;
  • mesonephros;
  • pronephros;
  • inductive tissue interaction;
  • morphogenesis;
  • induction;
  • branching morphogenesis;
  • differentiation