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Xiaobing Wang, Jin Geng, Hong Zhu, Changying Xing
Many studies have evaluated the renoprotective effect of nicorandil in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), but the results are inconsistent. We therefore conducted this meta-analysis to evaluate the protective effect of nicorandil against contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN). We searched PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, Web of Science, and clinical trials database. Studies compared the nicorandil (plus hydration) with hydration alone in patients receiving PCI were eligible. The primary outcome was the incidence of CIN...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Michael J Fay, Lauren A C Alt, Dominika Ryba, Ribhi Salamah, Ryan Peach, Alexander Papaeliou, Sabina Zawadzka, Andrew Weiss, Nil Patel, Asad Rahman, Zyaria Stubbs-Russell, Peter C Lamar, Joshua R Edwards, Walter C Prozialeck
Cadmium (Cd) is a nephrotoxic environmental pollutant that causes a generalized dysfunction of the proximal tubule characterized by polyuria and proteinuria. Even though the effects of Cd on the kidney have been well-characterized, the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects have not been fully elucidated. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that regulate cellular and physiologic function by modulating gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. The goal of the present study was to determine if Cd affects renal cortex miRNA expression in a well-established animal model of Cd-induced kidney injury...
March 15, 2018: Toxics
Sebastian J Klein, Anna K Brandtner, Georg F Lehner, Hanno Ulmer, Sean M Bagshaw, Christian J Wiedermann, Michael Joannidis
PURPOSE: Acute kidney injury (AKI) frequently occurs in critically ill patients and often precipitates use of renal replacement therapy (RRT). However, the ideal circumstances for whether and when to start RRT remain unclear. We performed evidence synthesis of the available literature to evaluate the value of biomarkers to predict receipt of RRT for AKI. METHODS: We conducted a PRISMA-guided systematic review and meta-analysis including all trials evaluating biomarker performance for prediction of RRT in AKI...
March 14, 2018: Intensive Care Medicine
Irfanullah Khan, Amer Hayat Khan, Azreen Syazril Adnan, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Azhar Bin Amir Hamzah, Nafees Ahmed, Amjad Khan
PURPOSE: Creatinine is normally used to evaluate kidney function among elderly patients in clinical practice, which has been reported to be affected by socio-demographic factors like BMI and age. Cystatin C a newly introduced biomarker may be more efficient in identifying kidney function in obese and aged CKD patients. The aim of the current study was to assess the effect of BMI on endogenous biomarkers (cystatin C and creatinine) among elderly CKD patients in Malaysia, a first such study in the country...
March 13, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
Cathrin L Salvador, Anders Hartmann, Anders Åsberg, Stein Bergan, Alexander D Rowe, Lars Mørkrid
Background: Assessment of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is important in kidney transplantation. The aim was to develop a kidney transplant specific equation for estimating GFR and evaluate against published equations commonly used for GFR estimation in these patients. Methods: Adult kidney recipients (n = 594) were included, and blood samples were collected 10 weeks posttransplant. GFR was measured by51 Cr-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid clearance. Patients were randomized into a reference group (n = 297) to generate a new equation and a test group (n = 297) for comparing it with 7 alternative equations...
December 2017: Transplantation Direct
Sineepat Talungchit, Waranun Buajeeb, Chotima Lerdtripop, Rudee Surarit, Kongthawat Chairatvit, Sittiruk Roytrakul, Hiroaki Kobayashi, Yuichi Izumi, Siribang-On Piboonniyom Khovidhunkit
BACKGROUND: Salivary protein biomarkers for screening and diagnosis of oral lichen planus (OLP) are not well-defined. The objective of this study was to identify putative protein biomarkers for OLP using proteomic approaches. METHODS: Pooled unstimulated whole saliva was collected from five OLP patients and five healthy control participants. Saliva samples were then subjected to two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, followed by mass spectrometry to identify putative protein biomarkers...
March 13, 2018: BMC Oral Health
Toshihiro Yasui, Tatsuya Suzuki, Fujio Hara, Shunsuke Watanabe, Naoko Uga, Atsuki Naoe, Yasuhiro Kondo
OBJECTIVES: In pediatric patients, renal dysfunction after living-donor liver transplant is a major issue that is difficult to evaluate. Recently, predictive equations for Japanese children have been introduced. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study by prospectively collecting data on 26 patients under 16 years old who underwent living-donor liver transplant between June 2004 and March 2015. Serum creatinine and cystatin C levels were measured...
March 9, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
P K Christova, N K Christov, P V Mladenov, R Imai
Expression of the TaMDC1 in transgenic tomato plants confer resistance to bacterial and fungal pathogens, as well as an insect pest and thus prove in planta function of the wheat cystatin. Cystatins are the polypeptides with cysteine proteinase inhibitory activities. Plant cystatins or phytocystatins are known to contribute to plant resistance against insect pests. Recently, increasing data proved that some of the phytocystatins also have antifungal activities in vitro. Here, we functionally characterized a wheat multidomain cystatin, TaMDC1, using in planta assays...
March 12, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
Lisa J Hill, Valentina Di Pietro, Jon Hazeldine, David Davies, Emma Toman, Ann Logan, Antonio Belli
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March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Quan Li, Zhou-Ci Zheng, Chun-Jue Ni, Wen-Xu Jin, Yi-Xiang Jin, Yao Chen, Xiao-Hua Zhang, En-Dong Chen, Ye-Feng Cai
BACKGROUND: Among all kinds of breast cancer, triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is the most aggressive, with the poorest prognosis and highest mortality rates. Thus, novel biomarkers that personalize the therapeutic regimen and evaluate prognosis for TNBC patients should be determined. METHODS: We analyzed the cystatin E/M (CST6) expression profiles of 161 TNBC tissues and 14 noncancerous tissues through multiple statistical analyses. We also investigated the relationship of CST6 expression with clinical parameters and evaluated the prognostic value of CST6 in 161 TNBC patients...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Bartosz Słomiński, Maria Skrzypkowska, Monika Ryba-Stanisławowska, Agnieszka Brandt
BACKGROUND & AIM: Recent studies suggest that uric acid (UA) is a mediator of diabetic nephropathy. We hypothesized that serum UA would associate with the prevalence of diabetic nephropathy in youth with type 1 diabetes (T1D), and that this relationship would differ by sex. METHODS: We examined 120 young boys and the same number of girls with T1D. C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-10 (IL-10), tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), uric acid, cystatin C serum concentrations, albumin excretion rate and blood pressure were also analysed...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Diabetes
Xiaoxuan Zhai, Zhenxiao Zhang, Wenwen Liu, Baoshan Liu, Rui Zhang, Wenjun Wang, Wen Zheng, Feng Xu, Jiali Wang, Yuguo Chen
Cyclophosphamide (CY) is a widely used chemotherapeutic agent that is associated with severe side effects, such as hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity. However, the extent, mechanisms and potential prevention and treatment strategies of CY-induced acute hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity are largely unknown. In this study, we determined the existence and extent of CY-induced acute hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity, and demonstrated the effect of ALDH2 on CY-induced acute tissue toxicity and related mechanisms...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Shouzhe Lin, Dameng Lian, Weihua Liu, Aaron Haig, Ian Lobb, Ahmed Hijazi, Hassan Razvi, Jeremy Burton, Matthew Whiteman, Alp Sener
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of slow-releasing H2 S donor GYY4137 on post-obstructive renal function and injury following unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) by using the UUO and reimplantation (UUO-R) model in rats and to elucidate potential mechanisms by using an in vitro model of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). METHODS: Male Lewis rats underwent UUO at the left ureterovesical junction. From post-obstructive day (POD) 1-13, rats received daily intraperitoneal (IP) injection of phosphate buffered saline (PBS, 1 mL) or GYY4137 (200 μmol/kg/day in 1 mL PBS, IP)...
March 6, 2018: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Ozgur Haki Yuksel, Caglar Yildirim, Ahmet Urkmez, Nurver Ozbay, Fatih Uruc, Aytac Sahin, Serkan Akan, Ayhan Verit
OBJECTIVES: The most important treatment strategy for obstructive nephropathy is to protect renal tissue from the deleterious effects of fibrosis. Therefore, we sought to investigate the renoprotective effects of darbepoetin alfa on unilateral ureteral obstructions. METHODS: We used 12 female and 12 male 3-monthold Wistar rats weighing between 250 and 350 g. The rats were divided equally into sham, darbepoetin and control groups. With the exception of the sham group, left unilateral obstructions were applied to all of the rats...
March 2018: Archivos Españoles de Urología
Awen Menou, JanWillem Duitman, Bruno Crestani
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a devastating chronic, progressive and irreversible disease that remains refractory to current therapies. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their inhibitors, tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs), have been implicated in the development of pulmonary fibrosis since decades. Coagulation signalling deregulation, which influences several key inflammatory and fibro-proliferative responses, is also essential in IPF pathogenesis, and a growing body of evidence indicates that Protease-Activated Receptors (PARs) inhibition in IPF may be promising for future evaluation...
March 5, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Konstantinos Volaklis, Barbara Thorand, Anette Peters, Martin Halle, Heier Margot, Ute Amann, Karl Heinz Ladwig, Holger Schulz, Wolfgang Koenig, Christa Meisinger
The purpose of this study was to investigate if there is a link between muscular strength (MS) and markers of chronic kidney disease (CKD) among older adults. The cross-sectional analysis based on 1041 men and women, aged 65-94 years, who participated in the KORA-Age study. Participants underwent an interview and extensive examinations including anthropometric measurements, diseases and drug intake registration, determination of health-related behaviors, collection of blood samples for measurements of cystatin C and maximal muscle strength evaluation...
February 2018: International Journal of Sports Medicine
Ayu Ogawa-Akiyama, Hitoshi Sugiyama, Masashi Kitagawa, Keiko Tanaka, Akifumi Onishi, Toshio Yamanari, Hiroshi Morinaga, Haruhito Adam Uchida, Kazufumi Nakamura, Hiroshi Ito, Jun Wada
Cystatin C is a cysteine protease inhibitor that is produced by nearly all human cells. The serum level of cystatin C is a stronger predictor of the renal outcome and the risk of cardiovascular events than the creatinine level. The resistive index (RI) on renal Doppler ultrasonography is a good indicator of vascular resistance as well as the renal outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, it is unclear whether serum cystatin C is associated with signs of vascular dysfunction, such as the renal RI...
2018: PloS One
Chao-Yi Wu, Huang-Yu Yang, Hui-Ping Chien, Min-Hua Tseng, Jing-Long Huang
BACKGROUND: Lupus nephritis (LN) is a major risk factor for systemic lupus erythematous (SLE)-related morbidity and mortality. With the aim of bypassing renal biopsy, we analyzed urinary biomarkers for their ability to predict renal histopathologic features and end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). METHODS: Urinary albumin, ß2-microglobulin (B2M), cystatin C, kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1), monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (MCP-1), clusterin, calbindin, interleukin-18 (IL-18), neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL), trefoil factor 3 (TFF3), osteopontin, and glutathione S-transferase π (GST-π) levels were measured at time of renal biopsy...
March 6, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Elaine Ku, Eric Vittinghoff, David R Jacobs, Cora E Lewis, Norrina B Allen, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Michael Shlipak, Holly Kramer, Carmen A Peralta
BACKGROUND: Many studies have focused on the association between a single blood pressure (BP) measurement and risk for adverse outcomes. However, the association of BP trajectories during young adulthood with subsequent decline in kidney function has not been well defined. STUDY DESIGN: Observational cohort study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: 3,429 participants in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adulthood (CARDIA) Study enrolled between the ages of 18 and 30 years...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Friederike Grosse-Holz, Luisa Madeira, Muhammad Awais Zahid, Molly Songer, Jiorgos Kourelis, Mary Fesenko, Sabrina Ninck, Farnusch Kaschani, Markus Kaiser, Renier A L van der Hoorn
Agroinfiltrated Nicotiana benthamiana is a flexible and scalable platform for recombinant protein (RP) production, but its great potential is hampered by plant proteases that degrade RPs. Here, we tested 29 candidate protease inhibitors (PIs) in agroinfiltrated N. benthamiana leaves for enhancing accumulation of three unrelated RPs: glycoenzyme α-Galactosidase; glycohormone erythropoietin (EPO); and IgG antibody VRC01. Of the previously described PIs enhancing RP accumulation, we found only cystatin SlCYS8 to be effective...
March 6, 2018: Plant Biotechnology Journal
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