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Milad Asgarpour Khansary, Mostafa Mellat, Seyed Hassan Saadat, Mahdi Fasihi-Ramandi, Mehdi Kamali, Ramezan Ali Taheri
To analyze polymeric nanosorbents and nanofiltration/ultrafiltration membranes for hormone micropollutants removal from water effluents, here an in-through investigation on the suitability and compatibility of various polymers has been carried out. For this work, estradiol, estrone, testosterone, progesterone, estriol, mestranol, and ethinylestradiol were considered. A total number of 452 polymers were analyzed and initially screened using Hansen solubility parameters. The identified good pairs of hormones and polymers then were examined to obtain the equilibrium capacity of hormones removal from water effluents using a modified Flory-Huggins model...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Alessandra Imbrogno, Jennifer Biscarat, Andrea Iris Schäfer
BACKGROUND: Estrogens and their synthetic analogues are widely used as pharmaceuticals. Upon oral administration these drugs are eventually excreted via urine. The persistence of these pharmaceuticals and inefficient removal by water treatment lead to accumulation in surface water and effluents with negative effects for aquatic life and human health. METHODS: In this study, the uptake of estradiol by a combined magnetic ion exchange resin - ultrafiltration process (MIEX-UF) was investigated...
October 21, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Sudabeh Alatab, Iraj Najafi, Gholamreza Pourmand, Mostafa Hosseini, Soroosh Shekarchian
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) offers the healthiest way for starting renal replacement therapy (RRT) in End Stage Renal Disease patients, however exposes long-term PD patients to a dangerous complication named encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS). In this study, we searched for possible risk factors of EPS. Data were collected from two PD centers covering period 1995-2012 and comprised 464 patients. Control group defined as PD patients stayed on PD >42 month (n = 122), and case group was 12 confirmed EPS patients...
October 24, 2016: Renal Failure
Peter A McCullough, Christopher T Chan, Eric D Weinhandl, John M Burkart, George L Bakris
The prevalence of cardiovascular disease, including cardiac arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, and valvular heart disease, is higher in hemodialysis (HD) patients than in the US resident population. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in HD patients and the principal discharge diagnosis accompanying 1 in 4 hospital admissions. Furthermore, the rate of hospital admissions for either heart failure or fluid overload is persistently high despite widespread use of β-blockers and renin-angiotensin system inhibitors and attempts to manage fluid overload with ultrafiltration...
November 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Jose A Morfin, Richard J Fluck, Eric D Weinhandl, Sheru Kansal, Peter A McCullough, Paul Komenda
Hemodialysis (HD) treatment can be difficult to tolerate. Common complications are intradialytic hypotension (IDH) and long time to recovery after an HD session. IDH, as defined by nadir systolic blood pressure < 90mmHg and intradialytic decline > 30mmHg, occurs in almost 8% of HD sessions. IDH may be caused by aggressive ultrafiltration in response to interdialytic weight gain, can lead to myocardial stunning and cardiac arrhythmias, and is associated with increased risk for death. Long recovery time after a treatment session is also common...
November 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Zhifeng Liu, Mingda Yu, Guangming Zeng, Min Li, Jiachao Zhang, Hua Zhong, Yang Liu, Binbin Shao, Zhigang Li, Zhiquan Wang, Guansheng Liu, Xin Yang
Micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration (MEUF) processes of resorcinol, phenol, and 1-Naphthol with rhamnolipid as an anionic biosurfactant were investigated using polysulfone membrane. The effects of retentate/permeate concentration of phenolic pollutants (C R/C P), distribution coefficient of phenolic pollutions (D), concentration ratios of phenolic pollutions (α P) and rhamnolipids (α R) and adsorption capacity of the membrane (N m) were studied by operating pressure, pH condition, feed surfactant, and phenolic pollution concentrations...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Carolina Anazco, Alberto J Lopez-Jimenez, Mohamed Rafi, Lorenzo Vega-Montoto, Ming-Zhi Zhang, Billy G Hudson, Roberto M Vanacore
The 7S dodecamer is recognized as an important structural crosslinking domain of collagen IV networks that provide mechanical stability to basement membranes, a specialized form of extracellular matrix essential for the development and maintenance of tissue architecture. Although the 7S dodecamer is stabilized by covalent crosslinking, the molecular mechanism by which such crosslinks are formed has not been revealed. Here we aimed to identify the enzyme(s) that crosslinks the 7S dodecamer and characterize its expression in the kidney glomerulus...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Klaus Kratochwill, Michael Boehm, Rebecca Herzog, Katharina Gruber, Anton Michael Lichtenauer, Lilian Kuster, Dagmar Csaicsich, Andreas Gleiss, Seth L Alper, Christoph Aufricht, Andreas Vychytil
BACKGROUND: Peritonitis and ultrafiltration failure remain serious complications of chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD). Dysfunctional cellular stress responses aggravate peritoneal injury associated with PD fluid exposure, potentially due to peritoneal glutamine depletion. In this randomized cross-over phase I/II trial we investigated cytoprotective effects of alanyl-glutamine (AlaGln) addition to glucose-based PDF. METHODS: In a prospective randomized cross-over design, 20 stable PD outpatients underwent paired peritoneal equilibration tests 4 weeks apart, using conventional acidic, single chamber 3...
2016: PloS One
Xingui Dai, Tao Li, Zhenhua Zeng, Chunlai Fu, Shengbiao Wang, Yeping Cai, Zhongqing Chen
BACKGROUND: It is known that continuous venonenous hemofiltration (CVVH) does not affect the plasma level of neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (pNGAL) in acute kidney injury (AKI) patients. However, because of the unique pathophysiology underlying AKI caused by sepsis, the effect of CVVH on pNGAL in this clinical setting is less certain. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of CVVH on pNGAL in sepsis-induced AKI patients. METHODS: Between August 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, 42 patients with sepsis-induced AKI underwent CVVH in the general intensive care unit of our institution and were consecutively enrolled in this study...
October 19, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Florian Kälble, Janine Damaske, Danijela Heide, Iris Arnold, Fabian Richter, Olaf Maier, Ulrich Eisel, Peter Scheurich, Klaus Pfizenmaier, Martin Zeier, Vedat Schwenger, Julia Ranzinger
Chronic inflammatory conditions during peritoneal dialysis (PD)-treatment lead to the impairment of peritoneal tissue integrity. The resulting structural and functional reorganization of the peritoneal membrane diminishes ultrafiltration rate and thereby enhances mortality by limiting dialysis effectiveness over time. Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) and its receptors TNFR1 and TNFR2 are key players during inflammatory processes. To date, the role of TNFR1 in peritoneal tissue damage during PD-treatment is completely undefined...
2016: PloS One
Eleonora Veglia, Alessandro Pini, Aldo Moggio, Cristina Grange, Federica Premoselli, Gianluca Miglio, Katerina Tiligada, Roberto Fantozzi, Paul L Chazot, Arianna Carolina Rosa
Histamine has been reported to decrease the ultrafiltration coefficient, which inversely correlates with glomerular permselectivity, however the mechanism(s) underling this effect have never been investigated. This study aimed to assess whether histamine could exert a direct detrimental effect on podocyte permeability and the possible involvement of two key proteins for the glomerular slit diaphragm (SD) integrity, zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) and P-cadherin. The effect of histamine (100 pM-1000nM) on coloured podocytes junctional integrity was evaluated functionally by a transwell assay of monolayer permeability and morphologically by electron microscopy...
October 14, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Hao Yan, Wei Fang, Aiwu Lin, Liou Cao, Zhaohui Ni, Jiaqi Qian
BACKGROUND: Incident patients treated with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) are often prescribed either 3 or 4 exchanges per day. However, the effects on residual kidney function and clinical outcomes of 3 versus 4 exchanges are not known. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, controlled, open-label study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: Incident CAPD patients aged 18 to 80 years with glomerular filtration rates (GFRs; mean of renal urea and creatinine clearance from a 24-hour urine collection) ≥ 2mL/min and urine volume ≥ 500mL/d...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Nathaniel Charles Wardrip, Melissa Dsouza, Meltem Urgun-Demirtas, Seth W Snyder, Jack A Gilbert, Christopher J Arnusch
Understanding and restricting microbial surface attachment will enhance wastewater treatment with membranes. We report a maskless lithographic patterning technique for the generation of patterned polymer coatings on ultrafiltration membranes. Polyethylene glycol, zwitterionic, or negatively charged hydrophilic polymer compositions in parallel- or perpendicular-striped patterns with respect to feed flow were evaluated using wastewater. Membrane fouling was dependent on the orientation and the chemical composition of the coatings...
October 17, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Pantelis A Sarafidis, Vasilios Kamperidis, Charalampos Loutradis, Konstantinos Tsilonis, Fani Mpoutsiouki, Athanasios Saratzis, Georgios Giannakoulas, Georgios Sianos, Haralambos Karvounis
BACKGROUND: The effect of acute preload reduction during haemodialysis on left ventricle (LV) and right ventricle (RV) function is not well understood. This study aimed to evaluate acute changes in novel echocardiographic and tissue Doppler-derived indices of LV and RV function during the first and a standard weekly dialysis session and to examine the possible effect of acute intradialytic volume changes in LV and RV diastolic function and pulmonary circulation loading. METHODS: Forty-one adult patients receiving standard thrice-weekly haemodialysis participated in this study...
October 13, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Donna Arvans, Yong-Chul Jung, Dionysios Antonopoulos, Jason Koval, Ignacio Granja, Mohamed Bashir, Eltayeb Karrar, Jayanta Roy-Chowdhury, Mark Musch, John Asplin, Eugene Chang, Hatim Hassan
Hyperoxaluria is a major risk factor for kidney stones and has no specific therapy, although Oxalobacter formigenes colonization is associated with reduced stone risk. O. formigenes interacts with colonic epithelium and induces colonic oxalate secretion, thereby reducing urinary oxalate excretion, via an unknown secretagogue. The difficulties in sustaining O. formigenes colonization underscore the need to identify the derived factors inducing colonic oxalate secretion. We therefore evaluated the effects of O...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Sadudee Peerapornratana, Pajaree Chariyavilaskul, Talerngsak Kanjanabuch, Kearkiat Praditpornsilpa, Somchai Eiam-Ong, Pisut Katavetin
♦ Background: Current guidelines suggest that intraperitoneal (IP) antibiotics should be administered only in a long peritoneal dialysis (PD) dwell (≥ 6 hours). The long dwell might result in low ultrafiltration and volume overload. We aim to examine plasma and dialysate concentration of cefazolin and ceftazidime after IP administration in a short-dwell (≤ 2 hours) automated cyclingexchange. ♦ Methods: Stable PD patients without peritonitis were invited to participate in the present study. Patients underwent 5 2-liter exchanges of PD fluid over 10 hours by the PD cycling machine without last fill or additional dwell...
October 13, 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
Kerry J Welsh, Steven J Soldin
Hypothyroidism is a very common disorder worldwide, for which the usual treatment is monotherapy with levothyroxine (L-T4). However, a number of patients treated with L-T4 continue to report symptoms of hypothyroidism despite seemingly normal levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), free-T3 (FT3) and free-T4 (FT4) measured by immunoassay. This review summarizes the limitations of the immunoassays commonly used to measure thyroid hormone levels and emphasizes the advantages of the role of liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)...
December 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
Senlin Li, Sainan Li, Ying Tang, Chunming Liu, Lina Chen, Yuchi Zhang
Stroke represents the fourth leading cause of death in the USA and the second leading cause of death worldwide. Lactate dehydrogenase inhibitors are widely used in the treatment of ischemic stroke and natural products are considered a promising source of novel lactate dehydrogenase inhibitors. In this study, we used PC12 cells to determine the protective effect of extracts from the herb Belamcanda chinensis following toxic challenge. Using ultrafiltration high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with photo-diode array detection and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, we screened and identified isoflavonoids from Belamcanda chinensis extracts...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Mehdi Zolfaghari, Karama Jardak, Patrick Drogui, Satinder Kaur Brar, Gerardo Buelna, Rino Dubé
Combination of high performance membrane bioreactor (MBR) equipped with ultrafiltration and electro-oxidation process (EOP) by boron-doped diamond electrode (BDD) was used to effectively treat highly contaminated old landfill leachate. MBR and EOP were optimized for raw and pretreated landfill leachate. Seasonal changes dramatically affected the both processes' performance, as the landfill leachate was ¾ more concentrated in winter. For MBR, organic load rate of 1.2 gCOD/L/day and sludge retention time of 80 days was considered as the optimum operating condition in which COD, TOC, NH4(+) and phosphorous removal efficiencies reached the average of 63, 35, 98 and 52%, respectively...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Xander M R van Wijk, Catherine A Magee, Alan H B Wu, Michele M Tana, Kara L Lynch
BACKGROUND: Macro-aspartate aminotransferase (macroAST) is a high molecular weight form of AST that is usually formed through association with immunoglobulin (Ig) in the circulation. As a result of reduced inactivation, clearance or excretion, AST values are persistently increased. This can lead to problems interpreting these values and diagnosing the patient, especially if clinicians are not aware of this phenomenon. METHODS: For a case of suspected macroAST, we compared three simple methods: polyethylene glycol precipitation, ultrafiltration, and Ig depletion using protein A and G...
October 11, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
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