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Masato Takei, Akira Obana, Takenori Inomata, Takao Tanaka, Tina Shiang, Yuan Bae, Tamiko Takemura, Akira Murakami
BACKGROUND: Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) is characterized by mesangial cell proliferation and is classified into types I, II and III based on structural changes in the glomerular capillary walls. The drusen-like deposits of MPGN type II have been studied, but the fundus changes in MPGN type III have yet to be clarified. We report a case of MPGN type III with multiple deposits in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). CASE PRESENTATION: A 40-year-old Japanese woman with MPGN type III developed numerous yellow-white patches in the central macula of both eyes...
March 6, 2018: BMC Ophthalmology
Fedaey Abbas, Mohsen El Kossi, Jon Kim Jin, Ajay Sharma, Ahmed Halawa
The glomerular diseases after renal transplantation can occur de novo, i.e ., with no relation to the native kidney disease, or more frequently occur as a recurrence of the original disease in the native kidney. There may not be any difference in clinical features and histological pattern between de novo glomerular disease and recurrence of original glomerular disease. However, structural alterations in transplanted kidney add to dilemma in diagnosis. These changes in architecture of histopathology can happen due to: (1) exposure to the immunosuppression specifically the calcineurin inhibitors (CNI); (2) in vascular and tubulointerstitial alterations as a result of antibody mediated or cell-mediated immunological onslaught; (3) post-transplant viral infections; (4) ischemia-reperfusion injury; and (5) hyperfiltration injury...
December 24, 2017: World Journal of Transplantation
Ahmad M Mansour, Luiz H Lima, J Fernando Arevalo, Miguel Hage Amaro, Virginia Lozano, Alaa Bou Ghannam, Errol W Chan
Purpose: To assess the evolution of retinal findings in patients with membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) by funduscopy, intravenous fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography. Observations: Three women and one man were followed for a period of 1.5-37 years. Four patients (8 eyes) had drusen detected at first fundus exam at age 24, 29, 50 and 55. Three patients (6 eyes) had diffuse thickening of Bruch's membrane, and two patients (3 eyes) had detachment of the retinal pigment epithelium with serous retinal detachment...
September 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
Naoki Nakagawa, Naoyuki Hasebe, Motoshi Hattori, Michio Nagata, Hitoshi Yokoyama, Hiroshi Sato, Hitoshi Sugiyama, Akira Shimizu, Yoshitaka Isaka, Shoichi Maruyama, Ichiei Narita
BACKGROUND: The incidence and age distribution of membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) vary throughout the world by race and ethnicity. We sought to evaluate the clinical features, pathogenesis, and age distribution of MPGN among a large nationwide data from the Japan Renal Biopsy Registry (J-RBR). METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of 593 patients with MPGN (types I and III) registered in the J-RBR between 2007 and 2015 was conducted. Clinical parameters, and laboratory findings at diagnosis were compared between children (< 20 years), adults (20-64 years), and elderly patients (≥ 65 years)...
December 6, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Shannon B Palombo, Eric C Wendel, Laura R Kidd, Farshid Yazdi, Mihran V Naljayan
. INTRODUCTION: The association of hepatitis C virus (HCV), cryoglobulinemia, and membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) is well known. Treatment of underlying HCV infection has greatly improved in recent years with the introduction of direct-acting antivirals (DAA), which have demonstrated curative sustained viral response (SVR) rates for select viral genotypes with the added benefit of less drug side effects. However, a mainstay of newer DAAs is sofosbuvir, which is contraindicated in patients with severe renal impairment...
2017: Clinical Nephrology. Case Studies
Kati Kaartinen, Leena Martola, Anne Räisänen-Sokolowski, Seppo Meri
There is a great lack of efficient treatments for membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) and recently emerged complement therapies have been proposed to be useful. We report a patient with a complement-mediated MPGN having recurrencies in kidney allografts and an unsuccessful treatment with complement inhibitor, eculizumab (anti-C5 monoclonal antibody). Nephritic factor (C3Nef), an autoantibody against C3bBb, in the patient serum activated C3 but not C5 showing that major damage was mediated by C3 activation with clearly less involvement of C5 explaining unresponsiveness to eculizumab...
October 31, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Paraskevas Iatropoulos, Erica Daina, Manuela Curreri, Rossella Piras, Elisabetta Valoti, Caterina Mele, Elena Bresin, Sara Gamba, Marta Alberti, Matteo Breno, Annalisa Perna, Serena Bettoni, Ettore Sabadini, Luisa Murer, Marina Vivarelli, Marina Noris, Giuseppe Remuzzi
Membranoproliferative GN (MPGN) was recently reclassified as alternative pathway complement-mediated C3 glomerulopathy (C3G) and immune complex-mediated membranoproliferative GN (IC-MPGN). However, genetic and acquired alternative pathway abnormalities are also observed in IC-MPGN. Here, we explored the presence of distinct disease entities characterized by specific pathophysiologic mechanisms. We performed unsupervised hierarchical clustering, a data-driven statistical approach, on histologic, genetic, and clinical data and data regarding serum/plasma complement parameters from 173 patients with C3G/IC-MPGN...
January 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
H-Y Gao, C-X Han
OBJECTIVE: Over-proliferation of mesangial cells is the major pathological change of mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN). PTEN-PI3K/AKT pathway plays a role in regulating proliferation of mesangial cells. Anti-thymocyte serum nephritis (ATSN) is a widely used animal model for studying MPGN. This study established ATSN model, on which the role of PTEN-PI3K/AKT signal pathway in MPGN pathogenesis was investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ASTN rat model was established in parallel with control group...
August 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Yassine Bouatou, Jesper Kers, Marie S N Chevalier-Florquin, Nike Claessen, Tri Q Nguyen, Jeffrey Damman, Henrique Proença, Joris J T H Roelofs, Sandrine Florquin
AIMS: Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) has been reclassified from an electron microscopy to an immunofluorescence (IF) based semi quantitative classification with immunoperoxidase (IP) technique as a backup option when IF is not possible. However, no data are available on the interobserver variability, the correlation and the reclassification of MPGN based on these two techniques. METHODS & RESULTS: We retrospectively analyzed cases of type 1 MPGN...
September 7, 2017: Histopathology
Haesuk Park, Chao Chen, Wei Wang, Linda Henry, Robert L Cook, David R Nelson
We assessed the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients and the incidence reduction of CKD after receipt of HCV treatment. We also evaluated the risk of membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) and cryoglobulinemia in chronic HCV patients. A retrospective cohort analysis of the Truven Health MarketScan Database (2008-2015) in the United States was conducted. In a cohort of 56,448 HCV-infected patients and 169,344 propensity score (1:3)-matched non-HCV patients, we examined the association of HCV infection with the incidence of CKD...
September 5, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Rehan Shah, Mark S Segal, Michael J Wilkowski
Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) is a histopathologic diagnosis causing microscopic hematuria, nephrotic range proteinuria, and chronic renal failure. Current understanding divides pathogenesis into two broad categories: immune complex mediated and complement mediated (now termed C3 glomerulopathy). The term idiopathic immune complex-mediated MPGN would apply to a patient without an identifiable source of immune complex production and no evidence of C3 glomerulopathy. Presented is a patient with idiopathic immune complex mediated MPGN and her clinical course...
May 2017: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
Marina Noris, Giuseppe Remuzzi
The spectrum of immune-mediated glomerular diseases is wide, ranging from rare diseases with well-recognized genetic origins to more common and multifactorial diseases. Immune-mediated glomerular injury is complex and involves both the innate and the adaptive immune systems. In the past 20 years a huge effort has been undertaken to unravel the genetic basis of immune-mediated glomerular diseases. The discovery of abnormalities in genes encoding proteins of the alternative pathway of complement in more than 50% of patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and in approximately 20% of patients with membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN), has highlighted the role of this complement pathway in the pathogenesis of immune-mediated glomerular diseases...
September 2017: Seminars in Nephrology
Ghada A Ankawi, William F Clark
Historically, patients with kidney diseases caused by genetic or acquired dysregulation of the complement alternative pathway have been grouped into clinical syndromes, C3 glomerulopathy (C3GN/DDD) and thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), specifically atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). Recent data suggested that these diseases share a common pathophysiology and that patients can transition between glomerulopathies in this spectrum. Histopathologically, the main difference cited is the immunofluorescence (IF) findings, with C3 predominance in C3 glomerulopathy (compared with immunoglobulins and complements in immune complex-mediated membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN)) and negative IF in TMA...
August 10, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
L Aresu, V Martini, S L Benali, C Brovida, R E Cianciolo, R Dalla Riva, D Trez, J J Van Der Lugt, A Van Dongen, E Zini
BACKGROUND: The European Veterinary Renal Pathology Service (EVRPS) is the first Web-based registry for canine renal biopsy specimens in Europe. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: The aim was to verify whether differences exist between the clinical and laboratory presentation of dogs with nephropathy according to renal pathological findings, as defined by light and electron microscopy of renal biopsy specimens submitted to EVRPS. ANIMALS: Renal biopsy specimens of dogs were collected from the archive of the service (n = 254)...
September 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
H Rafik, M El Amrani, D El Kabbaj
Type 1 membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) is an uncommon manifestation of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated renal disease in patients coinfected with hepatitis C virus. We report a case of MPGN characterized by nephrotic syndrome associated with HIV without hepatitis C coinfection. The patient had a favorable response to highly active antiretroviral therapy and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors. Recognition of the MPGN lesion in HIV infection devoid of hepatitis C coinfection must be considered...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Nephrology
V A Yurova, L A Bobrova, N L Kozlovskaya, Yu V Korotchaeva, A G Serova, L V Kozlov, S S Andina, K A Demyanova, A M Kuchieva, S V Roshchupkina
AIM: To compare the clinical manifestations membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) in its idiopathic variant, lupus nephritis (LN), and C3 glomerulopathy (C3-GP), by comparing them with changes in the complement system. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The clinic of nephrology followed up 42 patients with different types of MPGN in 2013 to 2015. The study included 35 patients divided into 3 groups: 1) 8 patients with C3-GP, 2) 13 with idiopathic MPGN; 3) 14 with Class IV LN...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
Yin Ding, Weiwei Zhao, Tao Zhang, Hao Qiang, Jianping Lu, Xin Su, Shuzhen Wen, Feng Xu, Mingchao Zhang, Haitao Zhang, Caihong Zeng, Zhihong Liu, Huimei Chen
Despite distinct renal lesions, a series of rare glomerular nephropathies are reportedly mediated by complement overactivation. Genetic variations in complement genes contribute to disease risk, but the relationship of genotype to phenotype has not been straightforward. Here, we screened 11 complement genes from 91 patients with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), C3 glomerulopathy (C3G) and membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis type I (MPGN I), and identified the concomitant presence of three missense variations located within the human complement Factor H (CFH) gene cluster...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
Maria Angeles Baker, Seth J Davis, Pengyuan Liu, Xiaoqing Pan, Anna Marie Williams, Kenneth A Iczkowski, Sean T Gallagher, Kaylee Bishop, Kevin R Regner, Yong Liu, Mingyu Liang
MicroRNAs contribute to the development of kidney disease. Previous analyses of microRNA expression in human kidneys, however, were limited by tissue heterogeneity or the inclusion of only one pathologic type. In this study, we used laser-capture microdissection to obtain glomeruli and proximal tubules from 98 human needle kidney biopsy specimens for microRNA expression analysis using deep sequencing. We analyzed specimens from patients with diabetic nephropathy (DN), FSGS, IgA nephropathy (IgAN), membranoproliferative GN (MPGN) ( n =19-23 for each disease), and a control group ( n =14)...
October 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Mayur Suryawanshi, Swapnil Karnik, Sanjeet Roy
INTRODUCTION: Primary glomerular disease presenting with adult onset nephrotic syndrome are a major cause of chronic renal failure worldwide. The spectrum of renal disease presenting with nephrotic syndrome has undergone a gradual change globally over the course of time. However, there still exist regional differences in the incidence of primary glomerular diseases causing adult onset nephrotic syndrome. AIM: To observe the spectrum of renal diseases presenting with adult onset nephrotic syndrome with comparative analysis of changing trends over the last five decades with regards to Western and Indian literature...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Sharada Rane, Prerana Mutyal, Nicholas Dcunha, Mayur Parkhi, Meenal Jadhav
INTRODUCTION: Study of renal Immunofluorescence (IF) is an ancillary but essential technique in evaluation of renal biopsies in glomerulopathies and also it enlightens on the pathogenesis of nephrotic syndrome. AIM: To determine the role of IF in evaluating definite subtyping and diagnosis of adult onset nephrotic syndrome and attempting clinicopathological correlation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 52 patients of adult onset nephrotic syndrome were evaluated clinically and with pertinent investigations; and subjected to USG guided percutaneous renal biopsy which was processed and stained for light microscopy and for immunofluorescence by direct method (DIF) using antibodies against IgG, IgM, IgA and C3...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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