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Breakdown of kidney's ability to clean its own filters likely causes disease | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis
With a key protein disabled, a pair of kidney filtering units can't keep antibodies (shown in red) from building up in the filter.The kidney actively cleans its most selective filter to keep it from clogging with blood proteins, scientists from the School of Medicine reveal in a new study. Researchers showed that breakdown of this self-cleaning feature can make kidneys more vulnerable to dysfunction and disease.