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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229505/a-variant-in-a-cis-regulatory-element-enhances-claudin-14-expression-and-is-associated-with-pediatric-onset-hypercalciuria-and-kidney-stones
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Megan E Ure, Emma Heydari, Wanling Pan, Ajay Ramesh, Sabah Rehman, Catherine Morgan, Maury Pinsk, Robin Erickson, Johannes M Herrmann, Henrik Dimke, Emmanuelle Cordat, Mathieu Lemaire, Michael Walter, R Todd Alexander
The greatest risk factor for kidney stones is hypercalciuria, the etiology of which is largely unknown. A recent genome-wide association study (GWAS) linked hypercalciuria and kidney stones to a claudin-14 (CLDN14) risk haplotype. However, the underlying molecular mechanism was not delineated. Recently, renal CLDN14 expression was found to increase in response to increased plasma calcium, thereby inducing calciuria. We hypothesized therefore that some children with hypercalciuria and kidney stones harbor a CLDN14 variant that inappropriately increases gene expression...
February 22, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229334/specific-amyloid-binding-of-polybasic-peptides-in-vivo-is-retained-by-%C3%AE-sheet-conformers-but-lost-in-the-disrupted-coil-and-all-d-amino-acid-variants
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Jonathan S Wall, Angela Williams, Tina Richey, Alan Stuckey, Craig Wooliver, J Christopher Scott, Robert Donnell, Emily B Martin, Stephen J Kennel
PURPOSE: The heparin-reactive, helical peptide p5 is an effective amyloid imaging agent in mice with systemic amyloidosis. Analogs of p5 with modified secondary structure characteristics exhibited altered binding to heparin, synthetic amyloid fibrils, and amyloid extracts in vitro. Herein, we further study the effects of peptide helicity and chirality on specific amyloid binding using a mouse model of systemic inflammation-associated (AA) amyloidosis. PROCEDURES: Peptides with disrupted helical structure [p5(coil) and p5(Pro3)], with an extended sheet conformation [p5(sheet)] or an all-D enantiomer [p5(D)], were chemically synthesized, radioiodinated, and their biodistribution studied in WT mice as well as transgenic animals with severe systemic AA amyloidosis...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228227/%C3%AE-butenolide-and-furanone-derivatives-from-the-soil-derived-fungus-aspergillus-sclerotiorum-psu-rspg178
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Patima Phainuphong, Vatcharin Rukachaisirikul, Kwanruthai Tadpetch, Yaowapa Sukpondma, Saowanit Saithong, Souwalak Phongpaichit, Sita Preedanon, Jariya Sakayaroj
Chromatographic separation of the broth extract of the soil-derived fungus Aspergillus sclerotiorum PSU-RSPG178 resulted in isolation of four γ-butenolide-furanone dimers, aspersclerotiorones A-D, a furanone derivative, aspersclerotiorone E, and two γ-butenolide derivatives, aspersclerotiorones F and G, together with six known compounds, penicillic acid, dihydropenicillic acid, 5,6-dihydro-6-hydroxypenicillic acid, 6-methoxy-5,6-dihydropenicillic acid, coculnol and (4R,5R)-4,5-dihydroxy-3-methoxy-5-methylcyclohex-2-en-1-one...
February 19, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222611/influence-of-peg-coating-on-the-oral-bioavailability-of-gold-nanoparticles-in-rats
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Ahmed Alalaiwe, Georgia Roberts, Paul Carpinone, John Munson, Stephen Roberts
Metallic nanoparticles can be produced in a variety of shapes, sizes, and surface chemistries, making them promising potential tools for drug delivery. Most studies to date have evaluated uptake of metallic nanoparticles from the GI tract with methods that are at best semi-quantitative. This study used the classical method of comparing blood concentration area under the curve (AUC) following intravenous and oral doses to determine the oral bioavailability of 1, 2 and 5 kDa PEG-coated 5 nm gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221154/prospective-outcomes-of-11-13ch-ultra-mini-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-ump-a-consecutive-cohort-study
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Janak D Desai
: Ultra mini PCNL (UMP) has been described as a less invasive technique of PCNL for the treatment of small to medium sized stones in attempt to reduce the surgical morbidity. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate prospectively the outcomes of UMP. METHODS: Single surgeon prospective concurrent cohort study of UMP in India. Effectiveness was assessed by stone-free rates, operative time, complications including transfusion, sepsis rates, length of stay and analgesic requirements...
January 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219945/novel-fixed-z-dimension-fizd-kidney-primordia-and-an-organoid-culture-system-for-time-lapse-confocal-imaging
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Ulla Saarela, Saad Ullah Akram, Audrey Desgrange, Aleksandra Rak-Raszewska, Jingdong Shan, Silvia Cereghini, Veli-Pekka Ronkainen, Janne Heikkilä, Ilya Skovorodkin, Seppo J Vainio
Tissue, organ and organoid cultures provide suitable models for developmental studies, but our understanding of how the organs are assembled at the single cell level still remains unclear. We describe here a novel Fixed Z-Dimension (FiZD) culture setup that permits high-resolution confocal imaging of organoids and embryonic tissues. In a FiZD culture a permeable membrane compresses the tissues onto a glass coverslip and the spacers adjust the thickness, enabling the tissue to grow for up to 12 days. Thus the kidney rudiment and the organoids can adjust to the limited Z-dimensional space and yet advance the process of kidney morphogenesis, enabling long-term time-lapse and high-resolution confocal imaging...
February 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218410/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-tolvaptan-in-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-phase-2-trials-for-dose-selection-in-the-pivotal-phase-3-trial
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Susan E Shoaf, Arlene B Chapman, Vicente E Torres, John Ouyang, Frank S Czerwiec
In the pivotal TEMPO 3:4 trial, the arginine vasopressin V2-receptor antagonist tolvaptan reduced the rate of kidney growth in patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. Tolvaptan was initiated as daily morning/afternoon doses of 45/15 mg, and uptitrated weekly to 60/30 mg and 90/30 mg according to patient-reported tolerability. The current report describes 3 phase 2 trials in adult autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease subjects that were the basis for the titrated split-dose regimen: a single ascending-dose trial (tolvaptan 15 to 120 mg; n = 11), a multiple split-dose trial (tolvaptan 15/15 mg, 30/0 mg, 30/15 mg, and 30/30 mg; n = 37), and an 8-week open-label safety and efficacy trial in 46 of the 48 subjects who participated in the prior 2 trials (tolvaptan 30/15 mg, 45/15 mg, 60/30 mg, and 90/30 mg)...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218392/acute-kidney-injury-and-mortality-1-year-after-major-non-cardiac-surgery
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M E O'Connor, R W Hewson, C J Kirwan, G L Ackland, R M Pearse, J R Prowle
BACKGROUND: Even mild and transient acute kidney injury (AKI), defined by increases in serum creatinine level, has been associated with adverse outcomes after major surgery. However, characteristic decreases in creatinine concentration during major illness could confound accurate assessment of postoperative AKI. METHODS: In a single-hospital, retrospective cohort study of non-cardiac surgery, the association between postoperative AKI, defined using the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes criteria, and 1-year survival was modelled using a multivariable Cox proportional hazards analysis...
February 20, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218346/usefulness-of-clearance-parametric-images-in-detection-of-regional-renal-parenchyma-dysfunction
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Jacek Kuśmierek, Małgorzata Bieńkiewicz, Tomasz Konecki, Marian Surma, Marek Sosnowski, Anna Płachcińska
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to examine whether parametric clearance images (PAR) enhance diagnostic potential of a dynamic renal scintigraphy with detection of local dysfunction of kidneys, on a model of kidneys after treatment with extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), MATERIAL AND METHODS: Kidneys after ESWL were accepted as a proper model for the implementation of this objective because of the previously proven damaging effect of a shock wave on renal parenchyma and known region of ESWL application...
2017: Nuclear Medicine Review. Central & Eastern Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217251/biliary-complications-following-liver-transplantation-single-center-experience-over-three-decades-and-recent-risk-factors
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Alexander Kaltenborn, André Gutcke, Jill Gwiasda, Jürgen Klempnauer, Harald Schrem
AIM: To identify independent risk factors for biliary complications in a center with three decades of experience in liver transplantation. METHODS: A total of 1607 consecutive liver transplantations were analyzed in a retrospective study. Detailed subset analysis was performed in 417 patients, which have been transplanted since the introduction of Model of End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD)-based liver allocation. Risk factors for the onset of anastomotic biliary complications were identified with multivariable binary logistic regression analyses...
January 28, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216932/role-of-calculated-glomerular-filtration-rate-using-percutaneous-nephrostomy-creatinine-clearance-in-the-era-of-radionuclide-scintigraphy
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Sunil Raghunath Patil, Prakash Wamanrao Pawar, Abhishek Jaysukhbhai Savalia, Shankar Tanaji Mundhe, Sayalee Suryabhan Narwade, Ashwin Sunil Tamhankar
CONTEXT: Gates method tends to over-estimate glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in borderline functioning kidneys. We study the role of calculated GFR in these cases in decision-making regarding performing kidney-sparing surgery or nephrectomy. AIMS: The aim of this study is to find the correlation between GFR calculated by percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) urine creatinine clearance in obstructed kidneys and GFR by radionuclide scintigraphy. It also studies the role of this calculated GFR in borderline functioning kidneys...
January 2017: Urology Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216707/combined-liver-and-kidney-transplantation-our-experience-and-review-of-literature
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Kusuma Ramachandra Halemani, N Bhadrinath
Increased awareness of organ donation has increased the availability of deceased donors, and it has boosted the opportunities for treating patients with multiple organ dysfunction. Simultaneously replacing two organs gives advantages of single surgery, lower immunosuppression dose and better survival than when one organ alone is transplanted. We present reports of management of three cases of combined liver and kidney transplantation (CLKT) from deceased donors. Based on management of these cases we discuss the importance of CLKT and anaesthetic concerns during such complex procedures...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216451/ureteric-obstruction-from-malignant-melanoma-in-both-right-double-moiety-and-left-single-moiety-ureters
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Brayden March, Ross John Spero Calopedos, Edward Latif, Rupert Ouyang
We report the first documented case of malignant melanoma obstructing ureters of both moieties of a duplex kidney and contralateral single moiety ureter in a 51-year-old male. The patient presented with fever, coryzal symptoms and liver function test derangement several years after two superficial spreading melanomas were excised with clear margins. Ultrasonography demonstrated hydronephroureter in both moieties of a complete right-sided duplex kidney. Retrograde pyelograms showed bilateral hydronephroureter and filling defects in all three ureters...
February 16, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216112/laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy-gateway-to-kidney-transplantation
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Katrin Kienzl-Wagner, Annemarie Weissenbacher, Philipp Gehwolf, Heinz Wykypiel, Dietmar Öfner, Stefan Schneeberger
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity and obesity-related morbidity in end-stage renal disease patients is rising. Although it is established that obesity does not abrogate the transplant benefit with respect to lower long-term mortality and cardiovascular risk, it is associated with increased graft failure, delayed graft function, surgical complications, prolonged hospital stay, and costs. OBJECTIVES: To examine the safety and efficacy of LSG (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy) in renal transplant candidates and evaluate transplant outcomes...
January 6, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215947/food-insecurity-ckd-and-subsequent-esrd-in-us-adults
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Tanushree Banerjee, Deidra C Crews, Donald E Wesson, Sai Dharmarajan, Rajiv Saran, Nilka Ríos Burrows, Sharon Saydah, Neil R Powe
BACKGROUND: Poor access to food among low-income adults has been recognized as a risk factor for chronic kidney disease (CKD), but there are no data for the impact of food insecurity on progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). We hypothesized that food insecurity would be independently associated with risk for ESRD among persons with and without earlier stages of CKD. STUDY DESIGN: Longitudinal cohort study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: 2,320 adults (aged ≥ 20 years) with CKD and 10,448 adults with no CKD enrolled in NHANES III (1988-1994) with household income ≤ 400% of the federal poverty level linked to the Medicare ESRD Registry for a median follow-up of 12 years...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215946/reliability-and-utility-of-the-surprise-question-in-ckd-stages-4-to-5
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Andrei D Javier, Rocio Figueroa, Edward D Siew, Huzaifah Salat, Jennifer Morse, Thomas G Stewart, Rakesh Malhotra, Manisha Jhamb, Jane O Schell, Cesar Y Cardona, Cathy A Maxwell, T Alp Ikizler, Khaled Abdel-Kader
BACKGROUND: Prognostic uncertainty is one barrier to engaging in goals-of-care discussions in chronic kidney disease (CKD). The surprise question ("Would you be surprised if this patient died in the next 12 months?") is a tool to assist in prognostication. However, it has not been studied in non-dialysis-dependent CKD and its reliability is unknown. STUDY DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: 388 patients at least 60 years of age with non-dialysis-dependent CKD stages 4 to 5 who were seen at an outpatient nephrology clinic...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215743/a-nlrc3-like-gene-from-blunt-snout-bream-megalobrama-amblycephala-molecular-characterization-expression-and-association-with-resistance-to-aeromonas-hydrophila-infection
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Fengjuan Zhou, Qifeng Zhan, Zhujin Ding, Lina Su, Jun Fan, Lei Cui, Nan Chen, Weimin Wang, Hong Liu
NLRC (the nucleotide-oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptor subfamily C) consists of teleost-specific NLRs (NOD-like receptors) and plays pivotal roles in microbial recognition and regulation of innate immune response. In this study, we cloned and characterized a NLRC3-like gene (MamNLRC3-like) from blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala) by using the quantitative real-time PCR method, and analyzed the correlation between its polymorphisms and resistance to Aeromonas hydrophila infection. The full length cDNA of MamNLRC3-like was 2863 bp, with a 5'-UTR of 169 bp, ORF of 2301 bp and 3'-UTR of 393 bp, encoding 766 amino acid residues...
February 16, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215474/establishment-of-disseminated-intravascular-coagulation-dic-model-by-a-single-iv-administration-of-escherichia-coli-derived-lipopolysaccharide-lps-to-cynomolgus-monkeys-and-evaluation-of-its-pathophysiological-status
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Hirofumi Minomo, Kengo Inoue, Shuko Sakaki, Takanobu Okazaki, Kinji Kobayashi, Kazuhiko Inoue, Atsuro Miyata
We prepared a DIC model by administrating LPS to cynomolgus monkeys, and investigated its potential for evaluations of new medicines for DIC therapy. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) collected from cynomolgus monkeys were incubated with LPS (8 types), and TNF-α levels in the media were measured. LPS from Escherichia coli (K-235) was most appropriate in terms of larger increases and smaller variation in TNF-α levels. PBMC from rats, cynomolgus monkeys or humans were incubated with LPS (K-235), and the TNF-α response to LPS was investigated...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214764/recurrent-falls-and-its-risk-factors-among-older-men-living-in-the-veterans-retirement-communities-a-cross-sectional-study
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Cheng-Hao Hung, Chih-Jen Wang, Ting-Ching Tang, Liang-Yu Chen, Li-Ning Peng, Fei-Yuan Hsiao, Liang-Kung Chen
AIM: To evaluate the prevalence of recurrent falls and their risk factors among older men living in the Veterans Homes in Taiwan. METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled 871 residents and all participants received the comprehensive geriatric assessment, including Barthel Index, Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE), Geriatric Depression Scale-5 questions (GDS-5), Mini-Nutrition Assessment Short Form (MNA-SF), the status of urinary incontinence, stool incontinence, polypharmacy, past history of falls, multimorbidity, and medication history...
February 4, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212715/novel-biomarkers-of-heart-failure
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A Savic-Radojevic, M Pljesa-Ercegovac, M Matic, D Simic, S Radovanovic, T Simic
Although substantial improvements have been made in majority of cardiac disorders, heart failure (HF) remains a major health problem, with both increasing incidence and prevalence over the past decades. For that reason, the number of potential biomarkers that could contribute to diagnosis and treatment of HF patients is, almost exponentially, increasing over the recent years. The biomarkers that are, at the moment, more or less ready for use in everyday clinical practice, reflect different pathophysiological processes present in HF...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
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