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Ritwika Mallik, Sitansu Sekhar Nandi
We present a case of paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (PKD) in a 21 year old girl, with no family history of similar episodes. The episodes were short (lasting less than a minute), frequent, occurring 5 to 10 times a day, self-limiting dystonia of her right upper limb precipitated by sudden movement. She also had a past history of partial seizures with secondary generalization in her childhood. She responded to phenytoin, with cessation of events after 1 month of treatment. This case impresses upon the hypothesis stating the association between seizure activity and PKD probably due to a common foci of origin...
April 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Yu Mi Woo, Je Yeong Ko, Eun Ji Lee
Various polycystic kidney disease (PKD) animal models including Pkd1- or Pkd2-deficient mice have been developed and efficiently utilized to identify novel therapeutic targets as well as elucidate multiple mechanisms of cyst formation in PKD. Based on several successful in vivo studies, preclinical approaches using PKD animal models would shed light on the development of potential therapeutic strategies for PKD. Here, we provide an update on the current evidence obtained by the in vivo evaluation of PKD therapeutic candidates and discuss the effect of therapeutic targets...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Je Yeong Ko
The primary cilium is a microtubule-based organelle that is considered to be a cellular antennae, because proteins related to multiple signaling pathways such as Wnt, PDGFRα, Hh, and mechanosignaling are localized to the membrane of the primary cilium. In the kidney, primary cilia extend from the cell membrane to the lumen of renal tubules to respond to fluidic stress. Recent studies have indicated that the disruption of ciliary proteins including polycystin-1 (PC1), polycystin-2 (PC2), and members of the intraflagellar transport (IFT) family induce the development of polycystic kidney disease (PKD), suggesting that the malformation or absence of primary cilia is a driving force of the onset of PKD...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Hyowon Mun, Jong Hoon Park
Diverse signaling pathways have been reported to be associated with polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Cell proliferation is widely known to be an important pathway related to this disease. However, studies on the interactions of inflammation and fibrosis with polycystic kidney disease have been limited. Inflammation is one of the protective systems involved in the response to foreign molecules. In PKD, it was reported that the activity of signaling pathways associated with inflammation is increased. Also, fibrosis is the development of excess fibrous tissue in organ or tissue...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Michelle H T Ta, Kristina G Schwensen, Sheryl Foster, Mayuresh Korgaonkar, Justyna E Ozimek-Kulik, Jacqueline K Phillips, Anthony Peduto, Gopala K Rangan
The disease-modifying effects of target of rapamycin complex 1 (TORC1) inhibitors during different stages of polycystic kidney disease (PKD) are not well defined. In this study, male Lewis Polycystic Kidney Disease (LPK) rats (a genetic ortholog of human NPHP9, phenotypically characterised by diffuse distal nephron cystic growth) and Lewis controls received either vehicle (V) or sirolimus (S, 0.2 mg/kg by intraperitoneal injection 5 days per week) during the early (postnatal weeks 3 to 10) or late stages of disease (weeks 10 to 20)...
2016: PloS One
JiaFeng Huang, CuiLing Wu, Dan Liu, XingHao Yang, RiBang Wu, Jiang Zhang, ChangBei Ma, HaiLun He
C-terminal domains widely exist in C-terminal region of multidomain proteases. As a β-sandwich domain in multidomain protease, C-terminal domain plays an important role in proteolysis including regulation of the secretory process, anchoring and swelling the substrate molecule, presenting as an inhibitor for the preprotease and adapting the protein structural flexibility and stability. In this review, the diversity, structural characteristics and biological function of C-terminal protease domains are described...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Valentina Corradi, Fiorella Gastaldon, Carlotta Caprara, Anna Giuliani, Francesca Martino, Fiorenza Ferrari, Claudio Ronco
INTRODUCTION: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is one of the most common genetic diseases with a reported prevalence of 1:400 to 1:1000. Since the intact kidneys can compensate for the loss of glomerular filtration in ADPKD patients, renal insufficiency usually remains undetected until almost the fourth decade of life. Hereafter, reliable diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers to identify ADPKD progression are urgently needed. Several studies and systematic reviews tried to identify markers or predictors of rapid disease progression of ADPKD...
October 4, 2016: Minerva Medica
Liang Zhang, Cuntao Yu, Qian Chang, Xinjin Luo, Juntao Qiu, Shen Liu
The aim of the present study was to compare the gene expression profiles in aortic dissection (AD) and healthy human aortic tissue samples by DNA microarray analysis in order to screen the differential genes. In total, five AD and four healthy aortic specimens were selected; the total RNA was extracted and reverse transcribed into cDNA and in vitro transcribed into aRNA, followed by microarray hybridization for analysis. Thereafter, the transcription levels of six differential genes, myosin light chain kinase (MYLK), polycystin 1, transient receptor potential channel interacting (PKD-1), myosin heavy chain 11 (MYH11), superoxide dismutase 3, extracellular (SOD3), filamin A (FLNA), and transgelin (TAGLN), screened from the expression profiles were quantitatively verified...
October 2016: Biomedical Reports
Eri Ishikawa, Hidetaka Kosako, Tomoharu Yasuda, Masaki Ohmuraya, Kimi Araki, Tomohiro Kurosaki, Takashi Saito, Sho Yamasaki
Thymic selection shapes an appropriate T cell antigen receptor (TCR) repertoire during T cell development. Here, we show that a serine/threonine kinase, protein kinase D (PKD), is crucial for thymocyte positive selection. In T cell-specific PKD-deficient (PKD2/PKD3 double-deficient) mice, the generation of CD4 single positive thymocytes is abrogated. This defect is likely caused by attenuated TCR signalling during positive selection and incomplete CD4 lineage specification in PKD-deficient thymocytes; however, TCR-proximal tyrosine phosphorylation is not affected...
2016: Nature Communications
Clara Aicart Ramos, Sophia Dan Qing He, Marianne Land, Charles S Rubin
Protein kinase D (PKD) isoforms are protein kinase C effectors in signaling pathways regulated by diacylglycerol (DAG). Important physiological processes (including secretion, immune responses, motility and transcription) are placed under DAG control by the distinctive substrate specificity and subcellular distribution of PKDs. Potentially, broadly co-expressed PKD polypeptides may interact to generate homo- or hetero-multimeric regulatory complexes. However, the frequency, molecular basis, regulatory significance and physiological relevance of stable PKD-PKD interactions are largely unknown...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Jacek Rysz, Anna Gluba-Brzózka, Beata Franczyk, Maciej Banach, Piotr Bartnicki
INTRODUCTION: Despite progress in the understanding of pathogenetic mechanisms of organ cyst formation in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, current treatment methods are insufficient. Experimental studies and clinical trials target at inhibition of cysts development and to slowing CKD progression. AREAS COVERED: The purpose of this analysis is to overview available literature regarding treatment of ADPKD. The most important recent events concerning ADPKD treatment are: the results of TEMPO 3/4 study and the registration of tolvaptan in the treatment of patients with CKD stage I-III and rapidly progressive ADPKD by EMA...
October 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Luca Carraro, Lorenzo Mari, Hanna Hartikainen, Nicole Strepparava, Thomas Wahli, Jukka Jokela, Marino Gatto, Andrea Rinaldo, Enrico Bertuzzo
BACKGROUND: Proliferative kidney disease (PKD) affects salmonid populations in European and North-American rivers. It is caused by the endoparasitic myxozoan Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, which exploits freshwater bryozoans and salmonids as hosts. Incidence and severity of PKD in brown trout populations have recently increased rapidly, causing a decline in fish catches and local extinctions in many river systems. PKD incidence and fish mortality are known to be enhanced by warmer water temperatures...
2016: Parasites & Vectors
Jiangfeng Liu, Weiling Wang, Ming Liu, Limin Su, Hong Zhou, Yin Xia, Jianhua Ran, Herbert Y Lin, Baoxue Yang
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a monogenetic disease that still lacks effective therapy. Repulsive guidance molecule b (RGMb), a co-receptor for bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and a ligand for neogenin, is expressed in renal tubular epithelial cells. Previous studies showed that RGMb plays negative roles in several types of tumors and prevents the immune system from over activation. The present study was designed to explore the effects of RGMb in ADPKD development. We found that expression of RGMb in kidney was less in PKD mice than wild-type mice...
December 2016: Cellular Signalling
Bartolomeo Gorgoglione, Mohamed H Kotob, Mansour El-Matbouli
Fredericella sultana (Bryozoa: Phylactolaemata) is a primary host in the two-host life cycle of the myxozoan parasite Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, the etiological agent of Proliferative Kidney Disease (PKD) in salmonids. Overtly infected F. sultana colonies were collected from River Kamp (Lower Austria), following the first PKD outbreak affecting autochthonous brown trout (Salmo trutta) in Austria. Zooids cultured under unfavourable conditions, e.g. hypertrophication or sudden temperature changes, disconnected their funiculus from the bottom of the body wall, contracted their retractor muscle and packed all organs into a pear-shaped capsule...
October 2016: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
Kazeem Olalekan, Andy Fox, Rodney Gilbert
BACKGROUND: Unlicensed medications are used all the time in the management of diseases in childhood. Tolvaptan (Jinarc®) is a vasopressin V2-receptor antagonist licensed for use to slow the progression of cyst development and renal insufficiency of ADPKD in adults with CKD stage 1 to 3 with evidence of rapidly progressing disease. Studies of animal models implicate the antidiuretic hormone arginine vasopressin and its messenger cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) as promoters of kidney-cyst cell proliferation and luminal fluid secretion...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
T A Mo, A Jørgensen
The malacosporean Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae was detected in kidneys from Atlantic salmon parr in 64 of 91 sampled Norwegian rivers. Using real-time PCR, this parasite was found to be present in Atlantic salmon parr in rivers along the whole coast, from the northernmost and southernmost areas of the country. In addition, T. bryosalmonae was found in kidneys from brown trout parr in 17 of 19 sampled rivers in south-east Norway, and in Arctic charr sampled in the River Risfjordelva, located at the northernmost edge of the European mainland...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Fish Diseases
Fu-Jung Hsiao, Wan-Yu Hsu, Wei-Ta Chen, Rou-Shayn Chen, Yung-Yang Lin
Paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (PKD) is a rare group of hyperkinetic movement disorders characterized by brief attacks of choreoathetosis or dystonia. To clarify the alterations of the functional connectivity within the somatosensory network in PKD patients, magnetoencephalographic (MEG) responses to paired median-nerve electrical stimulation were recorded in 10 PKD patients treated by carbamazepine or oxcarbamazepine and 22 age-matched controls. In patients, MEG recordings were obtained during drug-on and -off periods...
August 11, 2016: Clinical EEG and Neuroscience: Official Journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ENCS)
Weihua Qiu, Susan F Steinberg
Protein kinase D (PKD) consists of a family of three structurally related enzymes that are co-expressed in the heart and have important roles in many biological responses. PKD1 is activated by pro-hypertrophic stimuli and has been implicated in adverse cardiac remodeling. Efforts to define the cardiac actions of PKD2 and PKD3 have been less successful at least in part because conventional methods provide a general screen for PKD activation but are poorly suited to resolve activation patterns for PKD2 or PKD3...
August 8, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Robert O'Hagan, Maureen M Barr
Intraflagellar Transport (IFT) is driven by molecular motors that travel upon microtubule-based ciliary axonemes. In the single-celled alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, movement of a single anterograde IFT motor, heterotrimeric kinesin-II, is required to generate two identical motile flagella. The function of this canonical anterograde IFT motor is conserved among all eukaryotes, yet multicellular organisms can generate cilia of diverse structures and functions, ranging from simple threadlike non-motile primary cilia to the elaborate cilia that make up rod and cone photoreceptors in the retina...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Mengjie Liu, Rachel R Richardson, Simon J Mountford, Lei Zhang, Matheus H Tempone, Herbert Herzog, Nicholas D Holliday, Philip E Thompson
Traceable truncated Neuropeptide Y (NPY) analogues with Y1 receptor (Y1R) affinity and selectivity are highly desirable tools in studying receptor location, regulation, and biological functions. A range of fluorescently labeled analogues of a reported Y1R/Y4R preferring ligand BVD-15 have been prepared and evaluated using high content imaging techniques. One peptide, [Lys(2)(sCy5), Arg(4)]BVD-15, was characterized as an Y1R antagonist with a pKD of 7.2 measured by saturation analysis using fluorescent imaging...
September 21, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
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