Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a disease that people can live with for years and not know it. There are two types of the disease that form fluid filled cysts in the kidneys and other organs. It is an inherited disease that have symptoms ranging from high blood pressure to back and side pain. Though it is not cancer, it can affect how the organs function.
Researchers at the University of Manchester have made a discovery in treating mice with PKD. They noticed that the cysts have tiny little blood vessels around them. When treated with a blood vessel protein called VEGF-C, the vessels we more normal, and the mice lived longer.
VEGF-C helped the kidneys to work better and researchers hope this is the first step to preventing further damage.
Read more at www.news-medical.net/news/20150603/Manchester-UCL-researchers-discover-new-technique-for-treating-polycystic-kidney-disease.aspx
PKD info www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polycystic-kidney-disease/basics/treatment/con-20028831