Experimental Models of Membranous Nephropathy

Drug Discov Today Dis Models. Spring 2010;7(1-2):27-33. doi: 10.1016/j.ddmod.2010.11.001.


Membranous nephropathy (MN) is one of the commonest glomerular diseases, typically presenting in older males with nephrotic syndrome. The development and characterization of animal models of MN, in particular, the passive Heymann nephritis model (PHN), has greatly advanced our understanding of this disease. In this review we discuss the different animal models of human MN that are available, with an emphasis on the PHN model, including technical issues, the typical disease course and its application to human disease.