Alport syndrome (AS), a rare disease of basement membrane type IV collagen, impacts the kidneys, ears, and eyes. In severe cases, kidney failure occurs during adolescence or early adulthood, so most research has focused on remedies for kidney dysfunction. Planned and ongoing clinical studies using targets and therapeutic approaches discussed herein provide new hope for AS patients. The outcomes of these trials could suggest new treatments for more common forms of chronic kidney disease (CKD), demonstrating the importance of focusing on treatments for rare diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-806
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2019


  • chronic kidney disease
  • collagen IV
  • glomerulus
  • hematuria


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