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Zhenhua Miao, Linda S Ertl, Dale Newland, Bin Zhao, Yu Wang, Xiaoping Zang, James J Campbell, Xiaoli Liu, Ton Dang, Shichang Miao, Antoni Krasinski, Sreenivas Punna, Yibin Zeng, Jeffrey McMahon, Penglie Zhang, Israel F Charo, Thomas J Schall, Rajinder Singh
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) comprises a group of uncommon disorders that present with marked proteinuria, nephrotic syndrome, progressive renal failure and characteristic glomerular lesions on histopathology. The current standard of care for patients with FSGS include immunosuppressive drugs such as glucocorticoids followed by calcineurin inhibitors, if needed for intolerance or inadequate response to glucocorticoids. Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone (RAAS) blockers are also used to control proteinuria, an important signature of FSGS...
2018: PloS One
Jae Won Yang, Anne Katrin Dettmar, Andreas Kronbichler, Heon Yung Gee, Moin Saleem, Seong Heon Kim, Jae Il Shin
In the last decade, great advances have been made in understanding the genetic basis for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Animal models using specific gene disruption of the slit diaphragm and cytoskeleton of the foot process mirror the etiology of the human disease. Many animal models have been developed to understand the complex pathophysiology of FSGS. Therefore, we need to know the usefulness and exact methodology of creating animal models. Here, we review classic animal models and newly developed genetic animal models...
March 20, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
James R Smith, Jaboury Ghazoul, David F R P Burslem, Akira Itoh, Eyen Khoo, Soon Leong Lee, Colin R Maycock, Satoshi Nanami, Kevin Kit Siong Ng, Chris J Kettle
Documenting the scale and intensity of fine-scale spatial genetic structure (FSGS), and the processes that shape it, is relevant to the sustainable management of genetic resources in timber tree species, particularly where logging or fragmentation might disrupt gene flow. In this study we assessed patterns of FSGS in three species of Dipterocarpaceae (Parashorea tomentella, Shorea leprosula and Shorea parvifolia) across four different tropical rain forests in Malaysia using nuclear microsatellite markers. Topographic heterogeneity varied across the sites...
2018: PloS One
Michelangelo Nigro, Davide Viggiano, Vincenzo Ragone, Tiziana Trabace, Annamaria di Palma, Michele Rossini, Giovambattista Capasso, Loreto Gesualdo, Giuseppe Gigliotti
BACKGROUND: The classical approach to the analysis of kidney biopsies is based on semi-quantitative scores of the amount of sclerosis, inflammatory infiltrate, fibrosis and vascular damage. However, advanced renal lesions may be accompanied by a paucity of clinical features and, conversely, important clinical abnormalities may be accompanied by minimal histopathological changes. The objective of this study is to correlate new, semiautomatic, quantitative features of kidney biopsies (e...
March 14, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Jia-Yue Zhang, Minxian Wang, Lei Tian, Giulio Genovese, Paul Yan, James G Wilson, Ravi Thadhani, Amy K Mottl, Gerald B Appel, Alexander G Bick, Matthew G Sampson, Seth L Alper, David J Friedman, Martin R Pollak
People of recent African ancestry develop kidney disease at much higher rates than most other groups. Two specific coding variants in the Apolipoprotein-L1 gene APOL1 termed G1 and G2 are the causal drivers of much of this difference in risk, following a recessive pattern of inheritance. However, most individuals with a high-risk APOL1 genotype do not develop overt kidney disease, prompting interest in identifying those factors that interact with APOL1 We performed an admixture mapping study to identify genetic modifiers of APOL1 -associated kidney disease...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Yue Yang, Zheng Zhang, Li Zhuo, Da-Peng Chen, Wen-Ge Li
Background: Chronic kidney disease has become a leading public health concern in China, as it is associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and costs. However, the overall situation regarding common glomerular diseases in China remains unclear. Hence, the aim of this study was to assess the national profile of the common types of glomerulonephritis in China. Methods: We searched Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, CNKI, SinoMed, VIP, and Wanfang databases for English and Chinese language articles from inception to September 2017...
March 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
V Muthu, R Ramachandran, R Nada, V Kumar, M Rathi, H S Kohli, V Jha, K L Gupta, V Sakhuja
The spectrum of biopsy-proven glomerular disease was studied from a single center in Northwestern India, among adolescents aged 13-19 years. From January 2009 to December 2012, a total of 177 patients with biopsy-proven glomerular disease were studied. The same pathologist reported all the biopsy specimens after subjecting to light, immunofluorescence, and electron microscopy. The clinical profile and laboratory findings of the patients were correlated with the histopathological spectrum of glomerular diseases...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Nephrology
Shojiro Watanabe, Tomomi Aizawa, Hiroyasu Tsukaguchi, Koji Tsugawa, Kazushi Tsuruga, Akemi Shono, Kandai Nozu, Kazumoto Iijima, Kensuke Joh, Hiroshi Tanaka
Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing for clinical genetic testing have revealed novel disease-causing genes, such as Crumbs homolog 2 (CRB2) for early-onset steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS). We report the long-term clinicopathologic observation of a Japanese female patient with SRNS caused by a newly identified compound heterozygous mutation of CRB2 (p.Arg628Cys and p.Gly839Trp located in the 10th and 11th epidermal growth factor-like domains, respectively). She was initially examined during a mass urinary mass screening for 3...
February 23, 2018: Nephrology
Bedra Sharif, Moumita Barua
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The widespread adoption of next-generation sequencing by research and clinical laboratories has begun to uncover the previously unknown genetic basis of many diseases. In nephrology, one of the best examples of this is seen in focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and nephrotic syndrome. We review advances made in 2017 as a result of human and molecular genetic studies as it relates to FSGS and nephrotic syndrome. RECENT FINDINGS: There are more than 50 monogenic genes described in steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome and FSGS, with seven reported in 2017...
February 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
Afnan A Alsahli, Sara I Alshahwan, Amal O Alotaibi, Khaled O Alsaad, Nourah Aloudah, Mahfooz Farooqui, Abdullah A Al Sayyari
The association between Alport's syndrome (AS) and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in the same patient is complex and rarely reported. We report a case of a 42-year-old male presenting with proteinuria, microscopic hematuria, elevated serum creatinine and hypertension with unremarkable physical examination apart from obesity. The renal biopsy showed well-established FSGS pattern of injury with mild interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy, while the electron microscopic examination demonstrated glomerular basement membranes (GBM) changes compatible with AS...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Kawmadi W Gunawardena, Eranga S Wijewickrama, Carukshi Arambepola, Rushika D Lanerolle
Prevalence of different glomerulonephritides and their clinical course vary geographically. Our objectives are to assess the prevalence of different histological types of glomerulonephritis (GN) based on the light microscopic histology and to assess their progression according to histological type. A retrospective cross-sectional study was carried out among adult patients (>18 years) with a histological diagnosis of GN at the University Professorial Unit over a period of six months. Information including demographic data, renal biopsy findings, and progression of the disease through serum creatinine (SCr) level were collected through existing clinic records of consenting patients...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Mary Carmelle Philogene, Sheng Zhou, Bonnie E Lonze, Serena Bagnasco, Sami Alasfar, Robert A Montgomery, Edward Kraus, Annette M Jackson, Mary S Leffell, Andrea A Zachary
Retrospective studies of angiotensin II type 1 receptor antibodies (AT1R-Ab) and anti-endothelial cell antibodies (AECA) have linked these antibodies to allograft injury. Because rising healthcare costs dictate judicious use of laboratory testing, we sought to define characteristics of kidney transplant recipients who may benefit from screening for non-HLA antibodies. Kidney recipients transplanted between 2011 and 2016 at Johns Hopkins, were evaluated for AT1R-Ab and AECA. Pre-transplant antibody levels were compared to clinical and biopsy indications of graft dysfunction...
February 8, 2018: Human Immunology
Yuan Yang, Li Zhao, Li Xiao, Yumei Liang, Chang Wang, Xiao Fu, Xuejing Zhu, Shuguang Yuan, Jianling Zhu, Xiaoping Zhu, Yinghong Liu, Jun Li, Jian Luo, Fuyou Liu, Lin Sun
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The present study aimed to explore the equivalence of CHL and tacrolimus (TAC), despite reports regarding the efficacy and safety of TAC in treating SRNS patients. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of CHL or TAC treatment was performed by collecting the medical records of SRNS patients with a pathological classification of focal segmental glomurular sclerosis (FSGS) or membranous nephropathy (MN) from December 2008 to December 2014 in a 3A grade hospital in southern China...
January 24, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
John J Sim, Simran K Bhandari, Michael Batech, Aviv Hever, Teresa N Harrison, Yu-Hsiang Shu, Dean A Kujubu, Tracy Y Jonelis, Michael H Kanter, Steven J Jacobsen
OBJECTIVE: To compare renal function decline, incident end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and mortality among patients with 5 common glomerular diseases in a large diverse population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study (between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2011) of patients with glomerulonephropathy using the electronic health record of an integrated health system was performed. Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) change, incident ESRD, and mortality were compared among patients with biopsy-proven focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), membranous glomerulonephritis (MN), minimal change disease (MCD), immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN), and lupus nephritis (LN)...
January 9, 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
P S Verghese, M N Rheault, S Jackson, A J Matas, S Chinnakotla, B Chavers
Many pediatric centers utilize a variety of protocols including preemptive plasmapheresis to prevent the recurrence of FSGS post-transplant. But the effectiveness of this expensive, time-consuming process of plasmapheresis in the prevention of FSGS recurrence is still unclear. We retrospectively reviewed all pediatric cases of FSGS in our center that received a kidney transplant and compared the transplant and patient outcomes of those transplanted after 2006 who received pretransplant plasmapheresis to those prior to 2006 who did not...
February 1, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
Addisie Geremew, Melkamu G Woldemariam, Alemayehu Kefalew, Iris Stiers, Ludwig Triest
Limited seed or pollen dispersal enhances spatial genetic relatedness between individuals (fine-scale spatial genetic structure, FSGS), which usually decreases as a function of physical distance. However, such isotropic pattern of FSGS may not always occur when spatially asymmetric processes, for instance, wind direction during dispersal, are considered in wind-pollinated and -dispersed plants. This study assessed the pattern of FSGS in the keystone tropical wetland plant Cyperus papyrus (papyrus) as a function of these isotropic and anisotropic processes...
February 2018: AoB Plants
Chunyue Feng, Qiong Wang, Jingjing Wang, Fei Liu, Huijun Shen, Haidong Fu, Jianhua Mao
RATIONALE: Mitochondrial nephropathy has a poor prognosis and often progresses to the end-stage renal disease. Renal pathology often is focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and does not respond to steroid therapy or immunosuppressive therapy. Some patients are benefited from the therapy of coenzyme Q10, which affect the synthesis pathway of coenzyme Q10. PATIENT CONCERNS: Herein, we report 2 cases of children with proteinuria renal disease with ADCK4 mutation...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Di Feng, Jacob Notbohm, Ava Benjamin, Shijie He, Minxian Wang, Lay-Hong Ang, Minaspi Bantawa, Mehdi Bouzid, Emanuela Del Gado, Ramaswamy Krishnan, Martin R Pollak
α-Actinin-4 (ACTN4) bundles and cross-links actin filaments to confer mechanical resilience to the reconstituted actin network. How this resilience is built and dynamically regulated in the podocyte, and the cause of its failure in ACTN4 mutation-associated focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), remains poorly defined. Using primary podocytes isolated from wild-type (WT) and FSGS-causing point mutant Actn4 knockin mice, we report responses to periodic stretch. While WT cells largely maintained their F-actin cytoskeleton and contraction, mutant cells developed extensive and irrecoverable reductions in these same properties...
February 13, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Di Feng, Clark DuMontier, Martin R Pollak
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a histologically defined form of kidney injury typically mediated by podocyte dysfunction. Podocytes rely on their intricate actin-based cytoskeleton to maintain the glomerular filtration barrier in the face of mechanical challenges resulting from pulsatile blood flow and filtration of this blood flow. This review summarizes the mechanical challenges faced by podocytes in the form of stretch and shear stress, both of which may play a role in the progression of podocyte dysfunction and detachment...
January 24, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Giovanni Conti, Dominique De Vivo, Claudia Fede, Stefania Arasi, Angela Alibrandi, Roberto Chimenz, Domenico Santoro
BACKGROUND: Low birth weight (LBW) is associated with reduced nephron endowment. Clinical-pathologic features of post adaptive focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) have been observed in subjects with prematurity and very LBW. METHODS: We aimed to investigate the correlation between LBW and outcome in a cohort of 89 children with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (NS) (2-12 years-old at onset, followed for > 3 years), of whom 21 with LBW (birth weight < 10th percentile for gestational age, gender, ethnicity, and maternal parity or birth weight < 2500 g)...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
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