Deducing the stage of origin of Wilms' tumours from a developmental series of Wt1-mutant mice

Rachel L. Berry, Derya D. Ozdemir, Bruce Aronow, Nils O. Lindström, Tatiana Dudnakova, Anna Thornburn, Paul Perry, Richard Baldock, Chris Armit, Anagha Joshi, Cécile Jeanpierre, Jingdong Shan, Seppo Vainio, James Baily, David Brownstein, Jamie Davies, Nicholas D. Hastie, Peter Hohenstein*

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Wilms' tumours, paediatric kidney cancers, are the archetypal example of tumours caused through the disruption of normal development. The genetically best-defined subgroup of Wilms' tumours is the group caused by biallelic loss of the WT1 tumour suppressor gene. Here, we describe a developmental series ofmouse models with conditional loss of Wt1 in different stages of nephron development before and after the mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition (MET). We demonstrate that Wt1 is essential for normal development at all kidney developmental stages under study. Comparison of genome-wide expression data from the mutant mouse models with human tumour material of mutant or wild-type WT1 datasets identified the stage of origin of human WT1-mutant tumours, and emphasizes fundamental differences between the two human tumour groups due to different developmental stages of origin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)903-917
Number of pages15
JournalDMM Disease Models and Mechanisms
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Kidney development
  • Mouse model
  • WT1
  • Wilms' tumour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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