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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078733/therapeutic-apheresis-in-immunologic-renal-and-neurological-diseases
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REVIEW
Rolf Bambauer, Reinhard Latza, Daniel Burgard, Ralf Schiel
Since the mid 1970s, when membrane modules became available, plasma separation techniques have gained in importance especially in the past few years. The advantages of this method are a complete separation of the corpuscular components from the plasma and due to increased blood flow rate and higher efficacy. Systemic autoimmune diseases based on an immune pathogenesis produce autoantibodies and circulating immune complexes, which cause inflammation in the tissues of various organs. In most cases, these diseases have a poor prognosis without treatment...
January 12, 2017: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068177/safety-profile-of-nivolumab-monotherapy-a-pooled-analysis-of-patients-with-advanced-melanoma
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Jeffrey S Weber, F Stephen Hodi, Jedd D Wolchok, Suzanne L Topalian, Dirk Schadendorf, James Larkin, Mario Sznol, Georgina V Long, Hewei Li, Ian M Waxman, Joel Jiang, Caroline Robert
Purpose We conducted a retrospective analysis to assess the safety profile of nivolumab monotherapy in patients with advanced melanoma and describe the management of adverse events (AEs) using established safety guidelines. Patients and Methods Safety data were pooled from four studies, including two phase III trials, with patients who received nivolumab 3 mg/kg once every 2 weeks. We evaluated rate of treatment-related AEs, time to onset and resolution of select AEs (those with potential immunologic etiology), and impact of select AEs and suppressive immune-modulating agents (IMs) on antitumor efficacy...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059023/the-short-term-efficacy-of-bortezomib-combined-with-glucocorticoids-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-lupus-nephritis
#3
H Zhang, Z Liu, L Huang, J Hou, M Zhou, X Huang, W Hu, Z Liu
Objective The treatment of refractory lupus nephritis (LN) remains challenging for clinicians because these patients either do not respond to conventional therapy or relapse during the maintenance treatment period. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of bortezomib combined with glucocorticoids in refractory lupus patients. Methodology Five refractory LN patients aged 21 to 43 years (four females and one male) with biopsy-proven diagnosis (four with type IV and one with type V+IV) were recruited...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058228/corticosteroid-minimization-in-renal-transplantation-careful-patient-selection-enables-feasibility
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Georgios Vlachopanos, Julie M Bridson, Ajay Sharma, Ahmed Halawa
AIM: To explore the benefits and harms of corticosteroid (CS) minimization following renal transplantation. METHODS: CS minimization attempts to improve cardiovascular risk factors (hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia), to enhance growth in children, to ameliorate bone disease and to lead to better compliance with immunosuppressive agents. Nevertheless, any benefit must be carefully weighed against the reduction in net immunosuppression and the potential harm to renal allograft function and survival...
December 24, 2016: World Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056461/predicting-post-transplant-recurrence-of-iga-nephropathy-the-importance-of-crescents
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Rupali S Avasare, Paul E Rosenstiel, Ziad S Zaky, Demetra S Tsapepas, Gerald B Appel, Glen S Markowitz, Andrew S Bomback, Pietro A Canetta
BACKGROUND: Most studies that have assessed the predictors of recurrent IgA nephropathy (IgAN) in the renal allograft have focused on post-transplant features. Identifying high-risk pre-transplant features of IgAN is useful for counseling patients and may help in tailoring post-transplant immunosuppression. METHODS: We investigated the pre-transplant clinical and biopsy features of 62 patients with IgAN who received transplants at Columbia University Medical Center from 2001 to 2012 and compared the characteristics and outcomes of patients with IgAN recurrence to those without recurrence...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052693/safety-and-efficacy-of-ex-vivo-donor-lung-adenoviral-il-10-gene-therapy-in-a-large-animal-lung-transplant-survival-model
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Tiago Noguchi Machuca, Marcelo Cypel, Riccardo Bonato, Jonathan C Yeung, Yi-Min Chun, Stephen Juvet, Guan Zehong, David M Hwang, Manyin Chen, Tomohito Saito, Constantine Harmantas, Beverly Davidson, Thomas K Waddell, Mingyao Liu, Shaf Keshavjee
OBJECTIVE: Ex vivo normothermic lung perfusion (EVLP) is a novel platform and method developed to facilitate functional assessment and implementation of advanced therapies for donor lungs prior to transplantation. We aimed to determine the safety and immunological and functional benefits of ex vivo adenoviral human IL-10 (AdhIL-10) gene delivery to prevent the development of primary graft dysfunction in a large animal survival model. METHODS: Pig donor lungs were retrieved, preserved for 6 hours at 4oC and then randomly assigned to 4 groups: 1) AdhIL-10 Gene Therapy: 12 hours EVLP + AdhIL-10 intra-bronchial delivery; 2) EVLP-control: 12 hours EVLP; 3) Vector-control: 12 hours EVLP + adenoviral vector intra-bronchial delivery; and 4) Prolonged hypothermic preservation: Additional 12 hours of cold ischemia...
January 4, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050005/angioimmunoblastic-t-cell-lymphoma-associated-with-iga-nephropathy
#7
Yukinori Harada, Kei Sakai, Shiho Asaka, Kazutaka Nakayama
Few cases of IgA nephropathy with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) have been reported. We herein present the case of a 79-year-old Japanese man with AITL and IgA nephropathy. The patient presented with generalized edema, fatigue, and fever. Laboratory investigations revealed polyclonal gammopathy with a high level of IgA, microscopic hematuria, proteinuria, and some other immunological abnormalities. Computed tomography revealed generalized lymphadenopathy. A diagnosis of AITL and IgA nephropathy was made based on inguinal lymph node and renal biopsies...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024933/a-preoperative-multimarker-approach-to-evaluate-acute-kidney-injury-after-cardiac-surgery
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Tone B Enger, Hilde Pleym, Roar Stenseth, Guri Greiff, Alexander Wahba, Vibeke Videm
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether a multimarker strategy combining preoperative biomarkers representing distinct pathophysiologic pathways enhances preoperative risk assessment of acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery (CSA-AKI) and increases knowledge of underlying pathogenesis. DESIGN: Prospective, cohort study. SETTING: Single-center tertiary referral hospital. PARTICIPANTS: The study comprised 1,015 adults undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012859/endogenous-opiates-and-behavior-2015
#9
REVIEW
Richard J Bodnar
This paper is the thirty-eighth consecutive installment of the annual review of research concerning the endogenous opioid system. It summarizes papers published during 2015 that studied the behavioral effects of molecular, pharmacological and genetic manipulation of opioid peptides, opioid receptors, opioid agonists and opioid antagonists. The particular topics that continue to be covered include the molecular-biochemical effects and neurochemical localization studies of endogenous opioids and their receptors related to behavior, and the roles of these opioid peptides and receptors in pain and analgesia, stress and social status, tolerance and dependence, learning and memory, eating and drinking, drug abuse and alcohol, sexual activity and hormones, pregnancy, development and endocrinology, mental illness and mood, seizures and neurologic disorders, electrical-related activity and neurophysiology, general activity and locomotion, gastrointestinal, renal and hepatic functions, cardiovascular responses, respiration and thermoregulation, and immunological responses...
December 22, 2016: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997897/plasma-gelsolin-promotes-proliferation-of-mesangial-cell-in-iga-nephropathy
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Lei Zhang, Dan Kong, Hongxue Meng, Changsong Han, Jiang Zhu, Juanjuan Qiao, Yan He, Tianzhen Wang, Xiaobo Li, Fengmin Zhang, Xiaoming Jin
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Plasma gelsolin (pGSN) is an actin-binding protein that plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. However, whether pGSN is involved in other immunological diseases remains unknown. This study focused on the relationship between pGSN and immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy (IgAN). METHODS: Two hundred patients with IgAN, 200 patients each with several other types of nephropathy and healthy controls (HCs) who underwent kidney biopsies between 2000 and 2014 were enrolled in the study...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992110/kidney-exchange-to-overcome-financial-barriers-to-kidney-transplantation
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M A Rees, T B Dunn, C S Kuhr, C L Marsh, J Rogers, S E Rees, A Cicero, L J Reece, A E Roth, O Ekwenna, D E Fumo, K D Krawiec, J E Kopke, S Jain, M Tan, S R Paloyo
Organ shortage is the major limitation to kidney transplantation in the developed world. Conversely, millions of patients in the developing world with end-stage renal disease die because they cannot afford renal replacement therapy-even when willing living kidney donors exist. This juxtaposition between countries with funds but no available kidneys and those with available kidneys but no funds prompts us to propose an exchange program using each nation's unique assets. Our proposal leverages the cost savings achieved through earlier transplantation over dialysis to fund the cost of kidney exchange between developed-world patient-donor pairs with immunological barriers and developing-world patient-donor pairs with financial barriers...
November 7, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989433/complement-mediated-inflammation-and-injury-in-brain-dead-organ-donors
#12
Felix Poppelaars, Marc A Seelen
The importance of the complement system in renal ischemia-reperfusion injury and acute rejection is widely recognized, however its contribution to the pathogenesis of tissue damage in the donor remains underexposed. Brain-dead (BD) organ donors are still the primary source of organs for transplantation. Brain death is characterized by hemodynamic changes, hormonal dysregulation, and immunological activation. Recently, the complement system has been shown to be involved. In BD organ donors, complement is activated systemically and locally and is an important mediator of inflammation and graft injury...
December 15, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987289/cryptococcemia-in-an-hiv-negative-patient-with-decompensated-liver-cirrhosis
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Manasa Kandula, Amar H Kelkar, Nicole Liberio, Meenakshy K Aiyer
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcal infections have been mostly associated with immunocompromised individuals, 80-90% of whom have been HIV-positive patients. Increasingly, cryptococcal infections are being reported in cirrhotic patients who are HIV-negative. The underlying immunologic defects in cirrhotic patients seem to play an important role in predisposing them to cryptococcosis and affecting their morbidity and mortality. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of disseminated cryptococcosis in an HIV-negative patient with underlying cirrhosis, who had rapid worsening of his hyponatremia with renal failure and was unable to recover, despite aggressive measures...
2016: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965714/doppler-ultrasound-in-kidney-diseases-a-key-parameter-in-clinical-long-term-follow-up
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REVIEW
Leonardo Spatola, Simeone Andrulli
Doppler ultrasound has been extensively used in detecting reno-vascular diseases, showing to be a non-invasive, safe, low cost and repeatable tool. The Renal Resistive Index (RRI) [(peak systolic velocity - end diastolic velocity)/peak systolic velocity] is a semi-quantitative index derived by Doppler evaluation of renal vascular bed. Normally RRI is in the range of 0.47-0.70, it increases with aging and, usually, it shows a difference between the two kidneys less than 5-8 %. RRI is an important prognostic marker in chronic kidney diseases (CKD), both in diabetic and non-diabetic kidney diseases, because, in longitudinal prospective studies, it significantly correlated with hemodynamic (ABPM, SBP, DBP, pulse pressure) and histopathological parameters (glomerular sclerosis, arteriolosclerosis, interstitial fibrosis/tubular atrophy, interstitial infiltration)...
December 2016: Journal of Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960564/monocyte-chemoattractant-protein-1-mcp-1-ccl2-levels-and-its-association-with-renal-allograft-rejection
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Ali Raza, Sadaf Firasat, Shagufta Khaliq, Abdul Rafay Khan, Shafaq Mahmood, Tahir Aziz, Muhammad Mubarak, Syed Ali Anwar Naqvi, Syed Adibul Hasan Rizvi, Aiysha Abid
BACKGROUND: CCL2 is a chemoattractant for monocytes/macrophages, T cells, and natural killer cells. It is shown to be involved in the immunological responses against renal allograft. This study was conducted to access the role of urinary CCL2 expression in predicting the rejection episodes in renal transplant patients. METHOD: A total of 409 urine samples included in this study. The samples were consisted of (a) biopsy-proven graft rejection (n = 165); (b) non-rejection (n = 93); (c) non-biopsy stable-graft (n = 42), and (d) healthy renal donors (n = 109)...
December 14, 2016: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940460/minimal-change-disease
#16
Marina Vivarelli, Laura Massella, Barbara Ruggiero, Francesco Emma
Minimal change disease (MCD) is a major cause of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (NS), characterized by intense proteinuria leading to edema and intravascular volume depletion. In adults, it accounts for approximately 15% of patients with idiopathic NS, reaching a much higher percentage at younger ages, up to 70%-90% in children >1 year of age. In the pediatric setting, a renal biopsy is usually not performed if presentation is typical and the patient responds to therapy with oral prednisone at conventional doses...
December 9, 2016: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940179/the-cyp2b6-g516t-polymorphism-influences-cd4-t-cell-counts-in-hiv-positive-patients-receiving-antiretroviral-therapy-in-an-ethnically-diverse-region-of-the-amazon
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Maria Alice Freitas Queiroz, Rogério Valois Laurentino, Ednelza da Silva Graça Amoras, Mauro Sérgio Moura de Araújo, Samara Tatielle Monteiro Gomes, Sandra Souza Lima, Antonio Carlos Rosário Vallinoto, Marluísa de Oliveira Guimarães Ishak, Ricardo Ishak, Luiz Fernando Almeida Machado
OBJECTIVES: Cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzyme polymorphisms seem to significantly influence the variability of the responses to certain antiretroviral drugs and their toxicity levels. The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of the CYP2B6 G516T polymorphism on hepatic, renal, immunological, and viral marker changes in HIV-1-positive patients receiving treatment in an ethnically diverse region of the Amazon. METHODS: CYP2B6 G516T genotyping was performed by real-time PCR (RT-PCR) in samples from 185 patients...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932166/renal-allograft-failure-after-ipilimumab-therapy-for-metastatic-melanoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
A Jose, P Yiannoullou, S Bhutani, H Denley, M Morton, M Picton, A Summers, D van Dellen, T Augustine
Transplant recipients are at an increased risk of malignant melanoma, a result of chronic immunosuppression. Ipilimumab is a newer biological agent targeting T lymphocytes to potentiate an immune response against melanoma, and the use of this agent results in a new adverse effect profile that the clinician must be aware of while a patient is on therapy. We report the case of a male renal transplant recipient who developed graft failure while treated with ipilimumab and minimal immunosuppressive therapy for metastatic ocular melanoma, with biopsy evidence of glomerulonephritis and acute rejection...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932116/surgical-complications-in-en-bloc-renal-transplantation
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M A Moreno de la Higuera Díaz, N Calvo Romero, I Pérez-Flores, M Calvo Arévalo, B Rodríguez Cubillo, A Shabaka, V López de la Manzanara, Á Gómez Vegas, J Blázquez Izquierdo, A I Sánchez-Fructuoso
En bloc pediatric transplantation (EBPT) began with the aim of increasing the donor pool due to the existing high demand for donors. At its inception, it was considered a type of suboptimal transplantation due to its association with a high incidence of vascular, urologic, and immunologic complications. The main objective of this study was to update information on EBPT with the largest case series that exists on a worldwide scale. In a retrospective study, the results obtained from brain-dead donors (BDDs; n = 770) were compared to those of EBPT (n = 100) from January 1990 to December 2012...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926518/higher-programmed-cell-death-1-ligand-1-pd-l1-mrna-level-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinomas-is-associated-with-a-favorable-outcome-due-to-the-active-immune-responses-in-tumor-tissues
#20
Xiang-Hui Ning, Yan-Qing Gong, Shi-Ming He, Teng Li, Jiang-Yi Wang, Shuang-He Peng, Jin-Chao Chen, Jia-Yuan Liu, Nie-Nie Qi, Ying-Lu Guo, Kan Gong
Renal cell carcinoma is one of the most common urological tumors. The role of programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 (PD-L1) in renal cell carcinomas in predicting outcome of the patients is yet unclear. We analyzed the clinical and RNA-seq data of 522 kidney clear cell cancer, 259 kidney papillary cell carcinoma and 66 kidney chromophobe patients from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database. In kidney clear cell cancer patients with high PD-L1 mRNA level and low PD-L1 mRNA level in tumors, the median overall survival periods were 45...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
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