Monkeys mutant for PKD1 recapitulate human autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease

Nat Commun. 2019 Dec 11;10(1):5517. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-13398-6.


Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) caused by PKD1 mutations is one of the most common hereditary disorders. However, the key pathological processes underlying cyst development and exacerbation in pre-symptomatic stages remain unknown, because rodent models do not recapitulate critical disease phenotypes, including disease onset in heterozygotes. Here, using CRISPR/Cas9, we generate ADPKD models with PKD1 mutations in cynomolgus monkeys. As in humans and mice, near-complete PKD1 depletion induces severe cyst formation mainly in collecting ducts. Importantly, unlike in mice, PKD1 heterozygote monkeys exhibit cyst formation perinatally in distal tubules, possibly reflecting the initial pathology in humans. Many monkeys in these models survive after cyst formation, and cysts progress with age. Furthermore, we succeed in generating selective heterozygous mutations using allele-specific targeting. We propose that our models elucidate the onset and progression of ADPKD, which will serve as a critical basis for establishing new therapeutic strategies, including drug treatments.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Female
  • Heterozygote
  • Humans
  • Kidney / metabolism
  • Kidney / pathology
  • Macaca fascicularis* / genetics
  • Macaca fascicularis* / metabolism
  • Male
  • Mutation
  • Polycystic Kidney, Autosomal Dominant / genetics*
  • Polycystic Kidney, Autosomal Dominant / metabolism
  • Polycystic Kidney, Autosomal Dominant / pathology
  • TRPP Cation Channels / genetics*
  • TRPP Cation Channels / metabolism


  • TRPP Cation Channels
  • polycystic kidney disease 1 protein