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Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation

Miguel Fontecha-Barriuso, Diego Martin-Sanchez, Olga Ruiz-Andres, Jonay Poveda, Maria Dolores Sanchez-Niño, Lara Valiño-Rivas, Marta Ruiz-Ortega, Alberto Ortiz, Ana Belén Sanz
Epigenetics refers to heritable changes in gene expression patterns not caused by an altered nucleotide sequence, and includes non-coding RNAs and covalent modifications of DNA and histones. This review focuses on functional evidence for the involvement of DNA and histone epigenetic modifications in the pathogenesis of kidney disease and the potential therapeutic implications. There is evidence of activation of epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in acute kidney injury (AKI), chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the AKI-to-CKD transition of diverse aetiologies, including ischaemia-reperfusion injury, nephrotoxicity, ureteral obstruction, diabetes, glomerulonephritis and polycystic kidney disease...
March 9, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Daniela A Braun, Jillian K Warejko, Shazia Ashraf, Weizhen Tan, Ankana Daga, Ronen Schneider, Tobias Hermle, Tilman Jobst-Schwan, Eugen Widmeier, Amar J Majmundar, Makiko Nakayama, David Schapiro, Jia Rao, Johanna Magdalena Schmidt, Charlotte A Hoogstraten, Hannah Hugo, Sevcan A Bakkaloglu, Jameela A Kari, Sherif El Desoky, Ghaleb Daouk, Shrikant Mane, Richard P Lifton, Shirlee Shril, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
Background: Nephrotic syndrome (NS), a chronic kidney disease, is characterized by significant loss of protein in the urine causing hypoalbuminemia and edema. In general, ∼15% of childhood-onset cases do not respond to steroid therapy and are classified as steroid-resistant NS (SRNS). In ∼30% of cases with SRNS, a causative mutation can be detected in one of 44 monogenic SRNS genes. The gene LAMA5 encodes laminin-α5, an essential component of the glomerular basement membrane. Mice with a hypomorphic mutation in the orthologous gene Lama5 develop proteinuria and hematuria...
March 9, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Junichi Hoshino, Takayuki Hamano, Masanori Abe, Takeshi Hasegawa, Atsushi Wada, Yoshifumi Ubara, Kenmei Takaichi, Masaaki Inaba, Shigeru Nakai, Ikuto Masakane
Background: For glycemic control in diabetic patients on dialysis it was unclear what level of glycated albumin (GA) was associated with the lowest mortality and GA's utility. Accordingly, we examined the difference in association between GA and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) with 1-year mortality in a cohort of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy. Methods: We examined 84 282 patients with prevalent diabetes who were on maintenance hemodialysis (HD) (female 30.3%; mean age 67...
March 8, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Ali C M Johnson, Richard A Zager
Background: P21, a cyclin kinase inhibitor, is upregulated by renal 'ischemic preconditioning' (IPC), and induces a 'cytoresistant' state. However, P21-induced cell cycle inhibition can also contribute to cellular senescence, a potential adverse renal event. Hence, this study assessed whether: (i) IPC-induced P21 upregulation is associated with subsequent renal senescence; and (ii) preconditioning can be established 'independent' of P21 induction and avoid a post-ischemic senescent state? Methods: CD-1 mice were subjected to either IPC (5-15 min) or to a recently proposed 'oxidant-induced preconditioning' (OIP) strategy (tin protoporphyrin-induced heme oxygenase inhibition +/- parental iron administration)...
March 7, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Therese Adrian, Mads Hornum, Frank Eriksson, Jesper M Hansen, Katrine Pilely, Peter Garred, Bo Feldt-Rasmussen
Background: Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have high morbidity and mortality rates, with cardiovascular diseases and infections being the major causes of death. Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) has been suggested to play a protective role in this regard. The aim of this study was to investigate a possible clinical association of MBL genotypes (MBL2) with outcome among patients on dialysis or with a functioning graft. Methods: A total of 98 patients with ESRD accepted for living-donor renal transplantation or on the waiting list for transplantation were included and prospectively followed for an average of 9 years (range 7...
March 3, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Desmond Y H Yap, Lorraine P Y Kwan, Maggie K M Ma, Maggie M Y Mok, Gary C W Chan, Tak Mao Chan
Background: Serological activity may precede clinical flares of lupus nephritis (LN) but the management of asymptomatic serological reactivation (ASR) remains undefined. Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 138 episodes of ASR, which included 53 episodes in which immunosuppression was increased preemptively and 85 episodes in which treatment was unaltered. Preemptive immunosuppressive treatment comprised increasing the dose of prednisolone to ∼0.5 mg/kg/day, and in patients already on mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) or azathioprine (AZA), increasing the dose to 1...
March 2, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Roberto Minutolo, Francis B Gabbai, Michele Provenzano, Paolo Chiodini, Silvio Borrelli, Carlo Garofalo, Ferdinando C Sasso, Domenico Santoro, Vincenzo Bellizzi, Giuseppe Conte, Luca De Nicola
Background: No study has assessed whether the prognosis of coexisting diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease (DM-CKD) is dictated by DM per se or by the extent of proteinuria. Methods: In this pooled analysis of four prospective studies in CKD patients treated with drugs inhibiting the renin-angiotensin system, we compared the risk of all-cause mortality, fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular (CV) events and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) between patients with (n = 693) and without diabetes (n = 1481) stratified by proteinuria level (<0...
March 2, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Jordanne Feldberg, Param Patel, Ashley Farrell, Sylvia Sivarajahkumar, Karen Cameron, Jennifer Ma, Marisa Battistella
Background: There is a lack of clear benefit and a potential risk of bleeding with direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) use in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and dialysis patients with atrial fibrillation. The objective of this study was to evaluate how treatment with DOACs affects stroke and bleeding outcomes compared with warfarin or aspirin. Methods: We conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials, cohort studies and case series, and searched electronic databases from 1946 to 2017...
March 2, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Jiannan Li, Zhao Cui, Jianyan Long, Wei Huang, Jinwei Wang, Hong Zhang, Haibo Wang, Luxia Zhang, Pierre Ronco, Ming-Hui Zhao
Background: Primary glomerular nephropathy (PGN) is a leading cause of end-stage renal disease in developing countries, however, nationwide studies investigating the spectrum of PGN are limited. Methods: To evaluate the composition of various pathological types of PGN in a comprehensive geographic coverage in China, a national inpatient database covering 43.7 million patients was used in this analysis. Diagnoses were extracted from the discharge diagnoses. Results: The percentage of patients with PGN in hospitalized patients decreased from 0...
March 2, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Gerjan J Dekkema, Wayel H Abdulahad, Theo Bijma, Sarah M Moran, Louise Ryan, Mark A Little, Coen A Stegeman, Peter Heeringa, Jan-Stephan F Sanders
Background: Early detection of renal involvement in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is of major clinical importance to allow prompt initiation of treatment and limit renal damage. Urinary soluble cluster of differentiation 163 (usCD163) has recently been identified as a potential biomarker for active renal vasculitis. However, a significant number of patients with active renal vasculitis test negative using usCD163. We therefore studied whether soluble CD25 (sCD25), a T cell activation marker, could improve the detection of renal flares in AAV...
March 1, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Ivana Kristina Delic Jukic, Sandra Kostic, Natalija Filipovic, Larissa Gudelj Ensor, Marijeta Ivandic, Josefina Josipa Dukic, Marija Vitlov Uljevic, Lejla Ferhatovic Hamzic, Livia Puljak, Katarina Vukojevic
Background: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a common complication of diabetes mellitus (DM). We studied the expression of special AT-rich sequence binding protein 1 (SATB1) and phosphatase and tensin homologue (PTEN) in the kidneys of diabetic rats during ageing. Methods: Male Sprague Dawley rats were injected with 55 mg/kg streptozotocin (STZ) (DM group) or with citrate buffer (control group). Kidneys were collected after 2 weeks, 6 months and 12 months, and were analysed in three different kidney structures: glomeruli, proximal (PCT) and distal convoluted tubules (DCT)...
March 1, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Ahmed Saleh, Mohammad Al-Shatouri
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February 28, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Muxin Yu, Rujuan Xie, Yan Zhang, Hui Liang, Li Hou, Chengyuan Yu, Jinming Zhang, Zengxiang Dong, Ye Tian, Yayan Bi, Junjie Kou, Valerie A Novakovic, Jialan Shi
Background: Relatively little is known about the role of phosphatidylserine (PS) in procoagulant activity (PCA) in patients with diabetic kidney disease (DKD). This study was designed to evaluate whether exposed PS on microparticles (MPs) and MP-origin cells were involved in the hypercoagulability in DKD patients. Methods: DKD patients (n = 90) were divided into three groups based on urinary albumin excretion rate, defined as normoalbuminuria (No-A) (<30 mg/24 h), microalbuminuria (Mi-A) (30-299 mg/24 h) or macroalbuminuria (Ma-A) (>300 mg/24 h), and compared with healthy controls (n = 30)...
February 26, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Marco van Londen, Anthony B Wijninga, Jannieta de Vries, Jan-Stephan F Sanders, Margriet F C de Jong, Robert A Pol, Stefan P Berger, Gerjan Navis, Martin H de Borst
Background: Living kidney donor safety requires reliable long-term follow-up of renal function after donation. The current study aimed to define the precision and accuracy of post-donation estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) slopes compared with measured GFR (mGFR) slopes. Methods: In 349 donors (age 51 ± 10, 54% female), we analysed eGFR according to the 2009 Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation, Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) and Cockcroft-Gault/body surface area (CG/BSA), creatinine clearance (CrCl) and mGFR (125I-iothalamate) changes from 3 months until 5 years post-donation...
February 22, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Katherine R Tuttle, Frank C Brosius, Sharon G Adler, Matthias Kretzler, Ravindra L Mehta, James A Tumlin, Yoshiya Tanaka, Masakazu Haneda, Jiajun Liu, Maria E Silk, Tracy E Cardillo, Kevin L Duffin, Joseph V Haas, William L Macias, Fabio P Nunes, Jonathan M Janes
Background: Inflammation signaled by Janus kinases (JAKs) promotes progression of diabetic kidney disease (DKD). Baricitinib is an oral, reversible, selective inhibitor of JAK1 and JAK2. This study tested the efficacy of baricitinib versus placebo on albuminuria in adults with Type 2 diabetes at high risk for progressive DKD. Methods: In this Phase 2, double-blind, dose-ranging study, participants were randomized 1:1:1:1:1 to receive placebo or baricitinib (0.75 mg daily; 0...
February 22, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Vasileios Raptis, Charalampos Loutradis, Pantelis A Sarafidis
Hypertension and progressive decline of renal function are among the common clinical manifestations in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). At present, cyst formation in ADPKD patients is still considered the main pathogenic mechanism for the onset of these manifestations. However, the presence of polycystins in the vessels and the cilia of the endothelial cells and vascular smooth muscle cells, as well as development of hypertension prior to renal function decline and its prognostic role for the latter, indicate that polycystins may have an important role for endothelial damage in several vascular beds...
February 21, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Christian Lerch, Rukshana Shroff, Mandy Wan, Lesley Rees, Helen Aitkenhead, Ipek Kaplan Bulut, Daniela Thurn, Aysun Karabay Bayazit, Anna Niemirska, Nur Canpolat, Ali Duzova, Karolis Azukaitis, Ebru Yilmaz, Fatos Yalcinkaya, Jerome Harambat, Aysel Kiyak, Harika Alpay, Sandra Habbig, Ariane Zaloszyc, Oguz Soylemezoglu, Cengiz Candan, Alejandra Rosales, Anette Melk, Uwe Querfeld, Maren Leifheit-Nestler, Anja Sander, Franz Schaefer, Dieter Haffner
Background: We investigated the effects of nutritional vitamin D supplementation on markers of bone and mineral metabolism, i.e. serum levels of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), Klotho, bone alkaline phosphatase (BAP) and sclerostin, in two cohorts with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Methods: In all, 80 vitamin D-deficient children were selected: 40 with mild to moderate CKD from the ERGO study, a randomized trial of ergocalciferol supplementation [estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) 55 mL/min/1...
February 21, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Yuhui Zhang, Darsy Darssan, Elaine M Pascoe, David W Johnson, Haichen Pi, Jie Dong
Background: Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in patients on dialysis. Although vitamin D deficiency is closely associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and high mortality in the general population, the relationship between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in dialysis patients is uncertain. We aim to explore the relationship between serum 25(OH)D levels and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in dialysis patients. Methods: This is a systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical studies among patients receiving maintenance dialysis...
February 21, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Shaifali Sandal, Xun Luo, Allan B Massie, Steven Paraskevas, Marcelo Cantarovich, Dorry L Segev
Background: The use of machine perfusion (MP) in kidney transplantation lowers delayed graft function (DGF) and improves 1-year graft survival in some, but not all, grafts. These associations have not been explored in grafts stratified by the Kidney Donor Profile index (KDPI). Methods: We analyzed 78 207 deceased-donor recipients using the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients data from 2006 to 2013. The cohort was stratified using the standard criteria donor/expanded criteria donor (ECD)/donation after cardiac death (DCD)/donation after brain death (DBD) classification and the KDPI scores...
February 20, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Sandra Bérody, Laurence Heidet, Olivier Gribouval, Jérome Harambat, Patrick Niaudet, Veronique Baudouin, Justine Bacchetta, Bernard Boudaillez, Maud Dehennault, Loïc de Parscau, Olivier Dunand, Hugues Flodrops, Marc Fila, Arnaud Garnier, Ferielle Louillet, Marie-Alice Macher, Adrien May, Elodie Merieau, Françoise Monceaux, Christine Pietrement, Caroline Rousset-Rouvière, Gwenaëlle Roussey, Sophie Taque, Julie Tenenbaum, Tim Ulinski, Rachel Vieux, Ariane Zaloszyc, Vincent Morinière, Rémi Salomon, Olivia Boyer
Background: Recommendations for management of Finnish-type congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS) followed by many teams include daily albumin infusions, early bilateral nephrectomy, dialysis and transplantation. We aimed to assess the treatment and outcome of patients with CNS in France. Methods: We conducted a nationwide retrospective study on 55 consecutive children born between 2000 and 2014 treated for non-infectious CNS. Results: The estimated cumulative incidence of CNS was 0...
February 20, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
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