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Sandesh Parajuli, Didier A Mandelbrot, Brenda Muth, Maha Mohamed, Neetika Garg, Fahad Aziz, Robert R Redfield, Weixiong Zhong, Brad C Astor, Arjang Djamali
Background: There is limited information on treatment strategies and monitoring strategies for late antibody-mediated rejection (ABMR) after kidney transplantation. Methods: In this observational and nonrandomized study, we compared 78 patients diagnosed with late ABMR (>3 months after transplant) who were treated with standard of care steroids/IVIG (n = 38) ± rituximab (n = 40) at our center between March 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016. All patients had follow-up biopsy and donor-specific antibodies (DSA) monitoring within 3 to 12 weeks...
December 2017: Transplantation Direct
Pedro Marques da Costa, Lurdes Correia, Luís Araújo Correia
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March 7, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
H Terence Cook
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review will discuss recent advances in our understanding of the pathology of C3 glomerulopathy and atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). RECENT FINDINGS: C3 glomerulopathy and aHUS are associated with abnormalities of control of the alternative pathway of complement. Recent articles have provided new insights into the classification of C3 glomerulopathy and its relationship to idiopathic immune complex-mediated glomerulonephritis...
March 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
Samuel Deshayes, Nicolas Martin Silva, Valérie Chatelet, Sylvain Chantepie, Moglie Le Quintrec, François Comoz, Frank Bridoux, Marie-Agnès Dragon-Durey, Achille Aouba
B-cell clones can produce a monoclonal immunoglobulin, which may be responsible for visceral involvements. Kidney involvement is frequent, affecting 20 to 50% of patients with multiple myeloma. One mechanism underlying this involvement is a dysregulation of the complement alternative pathway, leading to C3 glomerulopathies. We report a patient who had a multiple myeloma, C3 glomerulopathy related to factor H autoantibody, and digital ischemia, who was treated successfully with eculizumab, an anti-complement therapy, without any relapse in 2 years of follow-up...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Heba Mostafa Ahmed, Dina Ahmed Ezzat, Noha A Doudar, Mai Adel
INTRODUCTION: Early diagnosis of minimal change disease (MCD) is challenging in nephrotic children. CD80 is a protein expressed on the surface of podocytes associated with nephrotic syndrome and it is implicated in the induction of proteinuria. This study aimed to investigate the use of urinary CD80 for the diagnosis of MCD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Urinary CD80 levels were evaluated in 36 children with nephrotic syndrome and normal glomerular filtration rate. They were divided into three groups of MCD (n = 21), focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (n = 9), and other glomerulopathies (n = 6)...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases
Amy J Osborne, Matteo Breno, Nicolo Ghiringhelli Borsa, Fengxiao Bu, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Daniel P Gale, Lambertus P van den Heuvel, David Kavanagh, Marina Noris, Sheila Pinto, Pavithra M Rallapalli, Giuseppe Remuzzi, Santiago Rodríguez de Cordoba, Angela Ruiz, Richard J H Smith, Paula Vieira-Martins, Elena Volokhina, Valerie Wilson, Timothy H J Goodship, Stephen J Perkins
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) and C3 glomerulopathy (C3G) are associated with dysregulation and overactivation of the complement alternative pathway. Typically, gene analysis for aHUS and C3G is undertaken in small patient numbers, yet it is unclear which genes most frequently predispose to aHUS or C3G. Accordingly, we performed a six-center analysis of 610 rare genetic variants in 13 mostly complement genes ( CFH , CFI , CD46 , C3 , CFB , CFHR1 , CFHR3 , CFHR4 , CFHR5 , CFP , PLG , DGKE , and THBD ) from >3500 patients with aHUS and C3G...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Yan-Ping Guo, Hong-Kun Jiang, Hong Jiang, Hong-Yu Tian, Lei Li
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of lipoxin A4 (LXA4) on inflammatory responses in obesity-related glomerulopathy (ORG) mouse model and its potential mechanisms. METHODS: Male C57BL/6 mice were randomly divided into 4 groups: normal, model, LXA4, and LXA4/Boc-2 groups (n = 8). Mice in LXA4 group were intraperitoneally injected with LXA4 (40 ng/kg) once daily for 3 days following 12 weeks of high-fat diet (HFD) feeding. LXA4 receptor antagonist, Boc-2, was administered in LXA4/Boc-2 group prior to LXA4 treatment to block the effects of LXA4...
February 27, 2018: Life Sciences
Yan Wang, Yu Yan, Zhun Sui, Bao Dong, Li Zuo
RATIONALE: POEMS syndrome is a rare multi-system disorder, which sometimes involves the kidney. Immunotactoid glomerulopathy (ITG) is an uncommon glomerular disease resulted from deposits of immunoglobulins and its derivatives. ITG caused by POEMS syndrome is rarely reported. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 63-year-old man was presented with acute kidney injury. In addition, it's found that he had abnormal serum free κ /λ ratio, polyneuropathy, Castleman's disease, organomegaly, endocrinopathy and skin changes...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ramona B Rudnick, Qian Chen, Emma Diletta Stea, Andrea Hartmann, Nikolina Papac-Milicevic, Fermin Person, Michael Wiesener, Christoph J Binder, Thorsten Wiech, Christine Skerka, Peter F Zipfel
Factor H related-protein 5 (CFHR5) is a surface-acting complement activator and variations in the CFHR5 gene are linked to CFHR glomerulonephritis. In this study, we show that FHR5 binds to laminin-521, the major constituent of the glomerular basement membrane, and to mesangial laminin-211. Furthermore, we identify malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde (MAA) epitopes, which are exposed on the surface of human necrotic cells ( Homo sapiens ), as new FHR5 ligands. Using a set of novel deletion fragments, we show that FHR5 binds to laminin-521, MAA epitopes, heparin, and human necrotic cells (HUVECs) via the middle region [short consensus repeats (SCRs) 5-7]...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Jose Luis Espinosa-Figueroa, Marta Cano-Megías, Patricia Martínez-Miguel, Mercedes Velo-Plaza
Acute endocapillary glomerulonephritis, as its name suggests, is a one-time process, which usually resolves within weeks. However, in a small percentage of patients, the disease becomes chronic. In these cases, a deregulation in the alternative complement pathway, which can be caused by mutations or autoantibodies, has been proposed as a pathophysiological mechanism. As a result, the alternative complement pathway remains active after resolution of infection. We report a patient with two episodes of acute renal failure, both times diagnosed by renal biopsy of acute endocapillary glomerulonephritis, with slow recovery after two episodes of low-serum complement C3, haematuria and proteinuria...
February 23, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Quan Hong, Lu Zhang, Bhaskar Das, Zhengzhe Li, Bohan Liu, Guangyan Cai, Xiangmei Chen, Peter Y Chuang, John Cijiang He, Kyung Lee
Podocyte injury and loss contribute to the progression of glomerular diseases, including diabetic kidney disease. We previously found that the glomerular expression of Sirtuin-1 (SIRT1) is reduced in human diabetic glomeruli and that the podocyte-specific loss of SIRT1 aggravated albuminuria and worsened kidney disease progression in diabetic mice. SIRT1 encodes an NAD-dependent deacetylase that modifies the activity of key transcriptional regulators affected in diabetic kidneys, including NF-κB, STAT3, p53, FOXO4, and PGC1-α...
February 22, 2018: Kidney International
Claudio Ponticelli, Francesco Locatelli
Glucocorticoids exert anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive activities by genomic and nongenomic effects. The classic genomic effects are mediated by cytosolic glucocorticoid receptors that can upregulate the expression of anti-inflammatory proteins in the nucleus (transactivation) or repress the translocation of proinflammatory transcription factors from the cytosol into the nucleus (transrepression). The nongenomic effects are probably mediated by membrane glucocorticoid receptors. Glucocorticoid receptors are expressed also in podocytes and experimental data suggest that glucocorticoids may protect from podocyte injury...
February 23, 2018: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Beata Bieniaś, Przemysław Sikora
In chronic glomerulopathies, renal fibrosis (RF) results from extracellular matrix remodeling processes regulated by matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMP). We assessed urinary (u-) and serum (s-) MMP-1, -2, -9, TIMP-1, -2 concentrations and MMP-1, -2, -9/TIMP-1, -2 ratios in children with nephrotic syndrome. Steroid-dependent and steroid-resistant nephrotic patients (SDNS-Ps and SRNS-Ps, respectively) were compared with respect to measured parameters. The correlations of measured parameters with magnitude of proteinuria and histopathological diagnosis were determined...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
V A Varshavsky, A N Grishina, N V Chebotareva, E I Gudkova
C1q glomerulopathy is a rare variety of chronic glomerulonephritis manifested as C1q deposition revealed by immunofluorescence microscopy. The pathogenesis and etiology of the disease have not been studied. The paper deals with the results of clinical, morphological, immunofluorescence, and electron microscopic examinations in 13 patients with C1q glomerulopathy. Light microscopy more commonly revealed membranous nephropathy, mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis, and nephrosclerosis. Immunofluorescence microscopy detected a C1q fraction in association with other deposits, more frequently IgM and IgG ones...
2018: Arkhiv Patologii
Satoshi Hara, Masayoshi Hirata, Kiyoaki Ito, Ichiro Mizushima, Hiroshi Fujii, Kazunori Yamada, Michio Nagata, Mitsuhiro Kawano
Human parvovirus B19 infection causes a variety of glomerular diseases such as post-infectious acute glomerulonephritis and collapsing glomerulopathy. Although each of these appears independently, it has not been fully determined why parvovirus B19 provokes such a variety of different glomerular phenotypes. Here, we report a 68-year-old Japanese man who showed endocapillary proliferative glomerulonephritis admixed with podocytopathy in association with parvovirus B19 infection. The patient showed acute onset of heavy proteinuria, microscopic hematuria and kidney dysfunction with arthralgia and oliguria after close contact with a person suffering from erythema infectiosum...
February 19, 2018: Pathology International
Emilia Łukawska, Magdalena Polcyn-Adamczak, Zofia I Niemir
The complement system (CS) has recently been recognized as a bridge between innate and adaptive immunity that constitutes a very complex mechanism controlling the clearance of pathogens, cellular debris, and immune complexes. Out of three known pathways of complement activation, the alternative pathway (AP) plays a critical role in host defense by amplifying the complement response, independently of initiation pathway and continuously maintaining low-level activity in a process called 'thick-over.' A key molecule of the CS is C3, in which the AP is constantly activated...
February 15, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Moglie Le Quintrec, Anne-Laure Lapeyraque, Arnaud Lionet, Anne-Laure Sellier-Leclerc, Yahsou Delmas, Véronique Baudouin, Eric Daugas, Stéphane Decramer, Leila Tricot, Mathilde Cailliez, Philippe Dubot, Aude Servais, Catherine Mourey-Epron, Franck Pourcine, Chantal Loirat, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Fadi Fakhouri
BACKGROUND: Cases reports and small series of patients with C3 glomerulopathy have reported variable efficacy of eculizumab. STUDY DESIGN: Case series of C3 glomerulopathy. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: Pediatric and adult patients with C3 glomerulopathy treated with eculizumab between 2010 and 2016 were identified through the C3 glomerulopathy French registry database, and a questionnaire was sent to participating French pediatric and adult nephrology centers, as well as one pediatric referral center in Québec, Canada...
February 8, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
J Brett Heimlich, Godwin Chipoka, Laila Elsherif, Emeraghi David, Graham Ellis, Portia Kamthunzi, Robert Krysiak, Pilirani Mafunga, Qingning Zhou, Jianwen Cai, Satish Gopal, Nigel S Key, Kenneth I Ataga
BACKGROUND: Glomerulopathy is an increasingly identified complication in young patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). Hyperfiltration and albuminuria followed by declining glomerular filtration rates and eventual end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is assumed to be the typical progression of glomerular disease. There are only a few reported biomarkers to identify early-stage renal disease in SCD. PROCEDURES: We detail the renal profile of 101 children with SCD in Malawi and propose a novel urinary biomarker for the identification of early renal disease...
February 7, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
P S Malhotra, T Jorna, S Bhandari
Immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) is the most commonly occurring glomerulonephritis. Recurrence of disease in the transplanted kidney can significantly reduce allograft survival rates. Currently, there is no definitive management plan for IgAN recurrence in a transplant that reduces the rate of decline of allograft function and prolongs time to dialysis or re-transplantation. Herein we present a 48-year-old man who had received a renal transplantation in 2006 following his diagnosis of IgAN. In 2015, the patient was noted to have an elevated blood pressure and proteinuria (urinary protein:creatinine ratio [uPCR] 170 mg/mmol)...
January 2018: Transplantation Proceedings
Hongyan Wu, Yuan Yang, Zhangxue Hu
AIMS: Lipoprotein glomerulopathy (LPG) is a rare inherited renal disease. Several apolipoprotein E (apoE) mutations have been reported to be related to LPG. Herein, we report a case of a LPG patient with a novel apoE mutation. METHODS: A 45-year-old Chinese female was diagnosed as LPG by renal biopsy. APOE gene was sequenced. Clinical and genetic studies were conducted. RESULTS: The patient presented with nephrotic syndrome and hypertension...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
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