Gene Transfer to Mouse Kidney In Vivo

  • C. J. Rocca
  • S. CherquiEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1937)


Genetic nephropathies represent a challenging class of disorders to be treated by gene therapy. This is primarily due to the filtering properties of the kidney itself, which does not allow the vehicle carrying the transgene of interest to remain long enough in the organ to penetrate efficiently into the nephrotic cells. Also, the kidney has a complex anatomical structure composed of different cell types compartmentalized within isolated anatomic structures that limit their access. Here, we describe a simple surgical procedure to deliver recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) to the whole kidney based on the hydraulic force of the retrograde renal vein injection. In its clinical form, this procedure would correspond to a renal venography where a catheter is threaded retrograde from the femoral vein under fluoroscopic guidance.

Key words

Mouse Kidney Gene therapy Genetic Nephropathies Recombinant adeno-associated virus Renal vein injection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Genetics, Department of PediatricsUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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