Zebrafish Discovery May Shed Light on Human Kidney Function

Zebrafish Discovery May Shed Light on Human Kidney Function

Researchers say the discovery of how sodium ions pass through the gill of a zebrafish may be a clue to understanding a key function in the human kidney. The findings from a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the Tokyo Institute of Technology appear in the online issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

"This is significant because the fish tends to mimic the process in humans," says Michael Romero , Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic physiologist who works in nephrology. "This is the true beauty of comparative physiology--- a lot of the organs function by very similar processes, down to ionic transfer."

In this video, Dr. Romero offers further insight on the study.


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