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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650216/brachylaimiasis-brachylaima-spp-digenea-brachylaimidae-metacercariae-parasitizing-the-edible-snail-cornu-aspersum-helicidae-in-spanish-public-marketplaces-and-health-associated-risk-factors
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Mercedes Gracenea, Laia Gállego
The edible land snail Cornu aspersum (Pulmonata: Stylommatophora) acts as a second intermediate host in the terrestrial life-cycle of the trematodes Brachylaima spp., harboring unencysted metacercariae in its kidney. The ingestion of undercooked infected snails by humans may allow metacercariae to potentially develop to adult stage in the intestine causing brachylaimiasis, as already seen in the case of a given Brachylaima species in Australia. Prevalence and dynamics of C. aspersum parasitization by Brachylaima spp...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649750/vasopressin-physiology-assessment-and-osmosentation
#2
Lise Bankir, Daniel G Bichet, Nils G Morgenthaler
Vasopressin (AVP) plays a major role in the regulation of water and sodium homeostasis by its antidiuretic action on the kidney, mediated by V2 receptors. AVP secretion is stimulated by a rise in plasma osmolality, a decline in blood volume, or stress. V1a receptors are expressed in vascular smooth muscle cells but the role of vasopressin in blood pressure regulation is still a matter of debate. AVP may also play a role in some metabolic pathways, including gluconeogenesis, through its action on V1a receptors expressed in the liver...
June 25, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649724/evaluation-of-the-uriscan-2-acr-strip-to-estimate-the-urine-albumin-creatinine-ratios
#3
Sangeun Lim, Hui-Jin Yu, Seungjun Lee, Hyosoon Park, Min-Jung Kwon, Hee-Yeon Woo
BACKGROUND: The urine albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR) test is used to screen patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases that put them at an increased risk of developing kidney disease. Here, we evaluated the performance of the URiSCAN 2 ACR Strip (URiSCAN; YD diagnostics, Yongin, Korea), a semiquantitative point-of-care testing (POCT) assay, and we compared to an existing POCT assay and a quantitative assay. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 1,020 random urine specimens were analyzed using the semiquantitative URiSCAN 2 ACR Strip and semiquantitative CLINITEK Microalbumin 2 Strip (CLINITEK; Siemens, New York, USA)...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649247/an-antigen-presenting-and-apoptosis-inducing-polymer-microparticle-prolongs-alloskin-graft-survival-by-selectively-and-markedly-depleting-alloreactive-cd8-t-cells
#4
Wei Wang, Khawar Ali Shahzad, Miaochen Li, Aifeng Zhang, Lei Zhang, Tao Xu, Xin Wan, Chuanlai Shen
Selectively depleting the pathogenic T cells is a fundamental strategy for the treatment of allograft rejection and autoimmune disease since it retains the overall immune function of host. The concept of killer artificial antigen-presenting cells (KaAPCs) has been developed by co-coupling peptide-major histocompatibility complex (pMHC) multimer and anti-Fas monoclonal antibody (mAb) onto the polymeric microparticles (MPs) to induce the apoptosis of antigen-specific T cells. But little information is available about its in vivo therapeutic potential and mechanism...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648975/effect-of-extract-of-pueraria-tuberosa-on-expression-of-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-and-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-in-kidney-of-diabetic-rats
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Rashmi Shukla, Nidhi Pandey, Somanshu Banerjee, Yamini B Tripathi
BACKGROUNDS: Kidney hypoxia represents a unifying mechanism in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. Hypoxia-induced factor (HIF)-1α mediates the metabolic responses of renal hypoxia by modulating the expression of VEGF. In the present study, we investigated the effect of Pueraria tuberosa extract (PTY-2r) on the expression of HIF-1α, VEGF and nephrin in streptozotocin (STZ) induced diabetic nephropathy (DN). METHODS: The model of diabetic nephropathy (DN) was produced by intraperitoneal injection of 55mg/kg of STZ and maintained for 60days...
June 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648944/tubulin-beta-3-and-4-are-involved-in-the-generation-of-early-fibrotic-stages
#6
Marta E Wawro, Katarzyna Sobierajska, Wojciech M Ciszewski, Waldemar Wagner, Marta Frontczak, Katarzyna Wieczorek, Jolanta Niewiarowska
The endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) is a fundamental cellular mechanism that occurs under both physiological and pathological conditions and includes the fibrotic stages of numerous organs, namely, the skin, kidneys, heart, lungs and liver. Endothelial cells that undergo EndMT are one of the main source of (myo)fibroblasts in fibrotic tissues. A critical step in cellular transdifferentiation is morphological change, which is engineered by the reorganization of cytoskeletal elements such as microtubules...
June 22, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648546/process-intensification-for-high-yield-production-of-influenza-h1n1-gag-virus-like-particles-using-an-inducible-hek-293-stable-cell-line
#7
Alina Venereo-Sanchez, Melanie Simoneau, Stéphane Lanthier, Parminder Chahal, Lucie Bourget, Sven Ansorge, Rénald Gilbert, Olivier Henry, Amine Kamen
Influenza virus dominant antigens presentation using virus like particle (VLP) approach is attractive for the development of new generation of influenza vaccines. Mammalian cell platform offers many advantages for VLP production. However, limited attention has been paid to the processing of mammalian cell produced VLPs. Better understanding of the production system could contribute to increasing the yields and making large-scale VLP vaccine manufacturing feasible. In a previous study, we have generated a human embryonic kidney HEK-293 inducible cell line expressing Hemagglutinin (HA) and Neuraminidase (NA), which was used to produce VLPs upon transient transfection with a plasmid containing HIV-1 Gag...
June 22, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648314/direct-cost-for-treating-chronic-kidney-disease-at-an-outpatient-setting-of-a-tertiary-hospital-evidence-from-a-cross-sectional-study
#8
Rajiv Ahlawat, Pramil Tiwari, Sanjay D'Cruz
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has a high morbidity and mortality in developing countries. And this burden is also increasing rapidly in India. Unaffordability due to high cost of medication and hemodialysis remains one of the major barriers in the successful treatment of CKD. OBJECTIVES: To determine the direct cost involved in treating CKD at an outpatient department of a public tertiary care hospital. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was carried out at a public tertiary care hospital...
May 2017: Value in Health Regional Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648302/nephrotic-syndrome-with-cancer-immunotherapies-a-report-of-2-cases
#9
Abhijat Kitchlu, Warren Fingrut, Carmen Avila-Casado, Christopher T Chan, Michael Crump, David Hogg, Heather N Reich
Oncologic immunotherapies use a patient's immune response to eliminate tumor cells by modulation of immune checkpoints, including programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) proteins. Immune-mediated sequelae, including interstitial nephritis, have been reported; however, glomerular disease appears rare. We describe 2 cases of nephrotic syndrome in patients treated with these agents. Patient 1 received the anti-PD-1 antibody pembrolizumab for Hodgkin lymphoma. Following his second dose, he developed nephrotic syndrome and acute kidney injury...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648142/overcoming-intratumoural-heterogeneity-for-reproducible-molecular-risk-stratification-a-case-study-in-advanced-kidney-cancer
#10
Alexander L R Lubbock, Grant D Stewart, Fiach C O'Mahony, Alexander Laird, Peter Mullen, Marie O'Donnell, Thomas Powles, David J Harrison, Ian M Overton
BACKGROUND: Metastatic clear cell renal cell cancer (mccRCC) portends a poor prognosis and urgently requires better clinical tools for prognostication as well as for prediction of response to treatment. Considerable investment in molecular risk stratification has sought to overcome the performance ceiling encountered by methods restricted to traditional clinical parameters. However, replication of results has proven challenging, and intratumoural heterogeneity (ITH) may confound attempts at tissue-based stratification...
June 26, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647853/are-podocytes-motile
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REVIEW
Nicole Endlich, Florian Siegerist, Karlhans Endlich
Podocytes, the postmitotic and highly branched epithelial cells of the glomerulus, play a pivotal role for the function of the glomerular filtration barrier and the development of chronic kidney disease. It has long been discussed whether podocytes in vivo are motile and can laterally migrate in a coordinated way along the capillaries until they reach the position of naked glomerular basement membrane often found in podocytopathies. Such motility would also be the prerequisite for the replacement of lost podocytes by progenitor cells...
June 24, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647817/molecular-characterization-of-the-cd79a-and-cd79b-and-its-role-against-aeromonas-hydrophila-infection-in-chinese-sucker-myxocyprinus-asiaticus
#12
Huan Li, Yujin Li, Xiaoping Zhang, Yafeng Wang, Wufeng Zhang, Xia Wu, Zhijian Wang
CD79a and CD79b heterodimers are the important signaling components of B cell receptor (BCR) complex which plays a crucial role in B cell development and antibody production. In the present study, CD79a and CD79b homologues from Chinese sucker (Myxocyprinus asiaticus), namely MaCD79a and MaCD79b, were identified and their expression at early developmental stages and under constitutive and stimulated conditions were investigated. The cDNA sequences for MaCD79a and MaCD79b contained open reading frame of 678 and 636 bp in length for 225 and 211 amino acid residues, respectively...
June 25, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647690/acute-kidney-injury-after-primary-angioplasty-is-contrast-induced-nephropathy-the-culprit
#13
Oren Caspi, Manhal Habib, Yuval Cohen, Arthur Kerner, Ariel Roguin, Eitan Abergel, Monther Boulos, Michael R Kapeliovich, Rafael Beyar, Eugenia Nikolsky, Doron Aronson
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) following primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) is frequently interpreted as contrast-induced AKI but may result from other insults. We aimed to determine the causal association of contrast material exposure and the incidence of AKI following pPCI using a control group of propensity score-matched patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction who were not exposed to contrast material. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 2025 patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction who underwent pPCI and 1025 patients receiving fibrinolysis or no reperfusion who were not exposed to contrast material during the first 72 hours of hospital stay (control group)...
June 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646938/a-survey-of-patient-preferences-regarding-medical-expulsive-therapy-following-the-suspend-trial
#14
John Roger Bell, Kristina L Penniston, Sara L Best, Stephen Y Nakada
INTRODUCTION: Several recent trials have reported limited benefit for medical expulsive therapy (MET) in terms of stone passage rates, analgesic requirements, or need for intervention. We evaluated patient attitudes regarding MET after explaining these new findings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Over a 12 week period, an investigator-designed survey was offered to sequential patients during routine appointments in our urologic clinic. A brief summary of the conflicting data for MET was provided...
June 2017: Canadian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646861/c-terminal-fragment-of-agrin-caf-levels-predict-acute-kidney-injury-after-acute-myocardial-infarction
#15
Spyridon Arampatzis, Georgios Chalikias, Vasilios Devetzis, Stavros Konstantinides, Uyen Huynh-Do, Dimitrios Tziakas
BACKGROUND: Patients with acute myocardial infarction are at high risk for acute kidney injury. Novel biomarkers that can predict acute kidney injury in AMI may allow timely interventions. C-terminal fragment of agrin (CAF), a proteoglycan of the glomerular and tubular basement membrane, have been recently associated with rapid renal function deterioration and proximal tubular dysfunction. It is unknown whether elevated CAF levels may serve as a novel AKI biomarker in patients presenting with AMI...
June 24, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646406/podocytes-and-the-quest-for-precision-medicines-for-kidney-diseases
#16
REVIEW
Peter Mundel
In this review, I describe a 30-year journey in the quest for precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases. In 1987, when I started my reseach career, most scientists studying glomerular disease biology were focused on mesangial cells. The crucial role of the podocyte in many kidney diseases characterized by proteinuria, including focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and diabetic nephropathy, had not yet been recognized. We were not aware of genetic causes or drivers of kidney diseases nor of molecular markers and cell culture systems for mechanistic studies of podocyte biology...
June 23, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644388/cellular-uptake-and-delivery-dependent-effects-of-tb-3-doped-hydroxyapatite-nanorods
#17
Yan Wei, Ying He, Xiyu Li, Haifeng Chen, Xuliang Deng
With the increasing interest in hydroxyapatite (HA) nanostructures for use in biomedicine, the systematic evaluation of their potential effects on biological systems is becoming critically important. In this work, we report the in vitro cellular uptake, in vivo tissue distributions and toxicity of Tb(3+)-doped HA (HA-Tb) after short-, intermediate-, and long-term exposure. Transmission electron microscopy analysis indicated that HA-Tb was taken up by cells via vesicle endocytosis. Cell proliferation and cytotoxicity assay, combined with confocal laser scanning microscopy, indicated excellent cell viability with no changes in cell morphology at the examined doses...
June 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643936/phenotypic-analysis-of-organoids-by-proteomics
#18
REVIEW
Alexis Gonneaud, Claude Asselin, François Boudreau, François-Michel Boisvert
The development of 3D cell cultures into self-organizing organ-like structures named organoids provides a model that better reflects in vivo organ physiology and their functional properties. Organoids have been established from several organs, such as the intestine, prostate, brain, liver, kidney and pancreas. With recent advances in high-throughput and -omics profiling technologies, it is now possible to study the mechanisms of cellular organisation at the systems level. It is therefore not surprising that these methods are now used to characterize organoids at the transcriptomic, proteomic, chromatin state and transcription factor DNA-binding levels...
June 23, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643107/-microscopic-hematuria-reasonable-and-risk-adapted-diagnostic-evaluation
#19
REVIEW
N Löbig, F Wezel, T Martini, B Schröppel, C Bolenz
BACKGROUND: Microscopic hematuria that is not explained by an obvious underlying condition is a frequent and often an incidental finding that commonly triggers urological or nephrological evaluation. Potential underlying conditions range from benign to severe malignant diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A nonsystematic literature search was performed, focusing on potential urological and nephrological causes of hematuria. National and international guidelines were considered and diagnostic as well as follow-up strategies are discussed...
June 22, 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642820/intratumorally-injected-pro-inflammatory-allogeneic-dendritic-cells-as-immune-enhancers-a-first-in-human-study-in-unfavourable-risk-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
#20
Anna Laurell, Maria Lönnemark, Einar Brekkan, Anders Magnusson, Anna Tolf, Anna Carin Wallgren, Bengt Andersson, Lars Adamson, Rolf Kiessling, Alex Karlsson-Parra
BACKGROUND: Accumulating pre-clinical data indicate that the efficient induction of antigen-specific cytotoxic CD8+ T cells characterizing viral infections is caused by cross-priming where initially infected DCs produce an unique set of inflammatory factors that recruit and activate non-infected bystander DCs. Our DC-based immunotherapy concept is guided by such bystander view and accordingly, we have developed a cellular adjuvant consisting of pre-activated allogeneic DCs producing high levels of DC-recruiting and DC-activating factors...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
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