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Carlos Menendez-Castro, Dörte Nitz, Nada Cordasic, Jutta Jordan, Tobias Bäuerle, Fabian B Fahlbusch, Wolfgang Rascher, Karl F Hilgers, Andrea Hartner
Neonatal nephron loss may follow hypoxic-ischemic events or nephrotoxic medications. Its long-term effects on the kidney are still unclear. Unlike term infants, preterm neonates less than 36 weeks gestational age show ongoing nephrogenesis. We hypothesized that nephron loss during nephrogenesis leads to more severe renal sequelae than nephron loss shortly after the completion of nephrogenesis. Rats show nephrogenesis until day 10 of life resembling the situation of preterm infants. Animals were uninephrectomized at day 1 (UNX d1) resulting in nephron reduction during nephrogenesis and at day 14 of life (UNX d14) inducing nephron loss after the completion of nephrogenesis...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Michelangelo Nigro, Davide Viggiano, Vincenzo Ragone, Tiziana Trabace, Annamaria di Palma, Michele Rossini, Giovambattista Capasso, Loreto Gesualdo, Giuseppe Gigliotti
BACKGROUND: The classical approach to the analysis of kidney biopsies is based on semi-quantitative scores of the amount of sclerosis, inflammatory infiltrate, fibrosis and vascular damage. However, advanced renal lesions may be accompanied by a paucity of clinical features and, conversely, important clinical abnormalities may be accompanied by minimal histopathological changes. The objective of this study is to correlate new, semiautomatic, quantitative features of kidney biopsies (e...
March 14, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Jia-Yue Zhang, Minxian Wang, Lei Tian, Giulio Genovese, Paul Yan, James G Wilson, Ravi Thadhani, Amy K Mottl, Gerald B Appel, Alexander G Bick, Matthew G Sampson, Seth L Alper, David J Friedman, Martin R Pollak
People of recent African ancestry develop kidney disease at much higher rates than most other groups. Two specific coding variants in the Apolipoprotein-L1 gene APOL1 termed G1 and G2 are the causal drivers of much of this difference in risk, following a recessive pattern of inheritance. However, most individuals with a high-risk APOL1 genotype do not develop overt kidney disease, prompting interest in identifying those factors that interact with APOL1 We performed an admixture mapping study to identify genetic modifiers of APOL1 -associated kidney disease...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Yue Yang, Zheng Zhang, Li Zhuo, Da-Peng Chen, Wen-Ge Li
Background: Chronic kidney disease has become a leading public health concern in China, as it is associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and costs. However, the overall situation regarding common glomerular diseases in China remains unclear. Hence, the aim of this study was to assess the national profile of the common types of glomerulonephritis in China. Methods: We searched Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, CNKI, SinoMed, VIP, and Wanfang databases for English and Chinese language articles from inception to September 2017...
March 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Lin Chen, Tian Yang, De-Wen Lu, Hui Zhao, Ya-Long Feng, Hua Chen, Dan-Qian Chen, Nosratola D Vaziri, Ying-Yong Zhao
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has emerged as a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Interstitial fibrosis, glomerulosclerosis and inflammation play the central role in the pathogenesis and progression of CKD to end stage renal disease (ESRD). Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) is the central mediator of renal fibrosis and numerous studies have focused on inhibition of TGF-β1 and its downstream targets for treatment of kidney disease. However, blockade of TGF-β1 has not been effective in the treatment of CKD patients...
March 5, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
V Muthu, R Ramachandran, R Nada, V Kumar, M Rathi, H S Kohli, V Jha, K L Gupta, V Sakhuja
The spectrum of biopsy-proven glomerular disease was studied from a single center in Northwestern India, among adolescents aged 13-19 years. From January 2009 to December 2012, a total of 177 patients with biopsy-proven glomerular disease were studied. The same pathologist reported all the biopsy specimens after subjecting to light, immunofluorescence, and electron microscopy. The clinical profile and laboratory findings of the patients were correlated with the histopathological spectrum of glomerular diseases...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Nephrology
Comfort Omoigemete Olurishe, Helen Ochuko Kwanashie, Abdulkadiri Umar Zezi, Nuhu Mohammed Danjuma, Bisalla Mohammed
OBJECTIVE: Sitagliptin (ST) and Moringa oleifera (MO) Lam (Moringaceae) are used concomitantly by diabetic patients, with no study ascertaining for potential favorable or otherwise renal implications. We investigated the effect of coadministration of ST and MO leaf extract on functional and morphological biomarkers of alloxan-induced diabetic nephropathy (DN). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Diabetes was induced with a single dose of 150 mg/kg of alloxan intraperitoneally...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Emily P Mitchell, Leon Prozesky, John Lawrence
The sustainability of captive cheetah populations is limited by high mortality due to chronic renal disease. This necropsy study, conducted on 243 captive cheetahs from one institution, investigated the relationships between focal palatine erosions, gastritis, enterocolitis, glomerulosclerosis, chronic renal infarcts, renal cortical and medullary fibrosis, and renal medullary amyloidosis at death. Associations between the individual renal lesions and death due to chronic renal disease and comparisons of lesion prevalence between captive bred and wild born and between normal and king coated cheetahs were also assessed...
2018: PloS One
Julia Wijkström, Channa Jayasumana, Rajeewa Dassanayake, Nalin Priyawardane, Nimali Godakanda, Sisira Siribaddana, Anneli Ring, Kjell Hultenby, Magnus Söderberg, Carl-Gustaf Elinder, Annika Wernerson
In Sri Lanka, an endemic of chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) is affecting rural communities. The endemic has similarities with Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN) in Central America, however it has not yet been clarified if the endemics are related diagnostic entities. We designed this study of kidney biopsies from patients with CKDu in Sri Lanka to compare with MeN morphology. Eleven patients with CKDu were recruited at the General Hospital, Polonnaruwa, using similar inclusion and exclusion criteria as our previous MeN studies...
2018: PloS One
Orestes Foresto-Neto, Victor Ferreira Ávila, Simone Costa Alarcon Arias, Fernanda Florencia Fregnan Zambom, Lisienny Campoli Tono Rempel, Viviane Dias Faustino, Flavia Gomes Machado, Denise Maria Avancini Costa Malheiros, Hugo Abensur, Niels Olsen Saraiva Camara, Roberto Zatz, Clarice Kazue Fujihara
Recent studies suggest that NLRP3 inflammasome activation is involved in the pathogenesis of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Allopurinol (ALLO) inhibits xanthine oxidase (XOD) activity, and, consequently, reduces the production of uric acid (UA) and reactive oxygen species (ROS), both of which can activate the NLRP3 pathway. Thus, ALLO can contribute to slow the progression of CKD. We investigated whether inhibition of XOD by ALLO reduces NLRP3 activation and renal injury in the 5/6 renal ablation (Nx) model...
March 6, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Naro Ohashi, Shinsuke Isobe, Takashi Matsuyama, Sayaka Ishigaki, Naoko Tsuji, Tomoyuki Fujikura, Takayuki Tsuji, Akihiko Kato, Hideo Yasuda
Intrarenal renin-angiotensin system (RAS) activation plays an important role in the development of hypertension and renal damage. However, the association between daytime and night-time intrarenal RAS activation and renal structural damage in normotensive IgA nephropathy patients is unclear. We investigated the relationships between urinary angiotensinogen (U-AGT) excretion, which reflects intrarenal RAS activity, and renal structural damage (i.e., endocapillary and mesangial cell hypercellularity, arteriolar hyalinosis and arteriosclerosis levels, and global glomerulosclerosis and tubulointerstitial fibrosis percentages) in 27 normotensive IgA nephropathy patients (age 39...
March 5, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Heba Mostafa Ahmed, Dina Ahmed Ezzat, Noha A Doudar, Mai Adel
INTRODUCTION: Early diagnosis of minimal change disease (MCD) is challenging in nephrotic children. CD80 is a protein expressed on the surface of podocytes associated with nephrotic syndrome and it is implicated in the induction of proteinuria. This study aimed to investigate the use of urinary CD80 for the diagnosis of MCD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Urinary CD80 levels were evaluated in 36 children with nephrotic syndrome and normal glomerular filtration rate. They were divided into three groups of MCD (n = 21), focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (n = 9), and other glomerulopathies (n = 6)...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases
Gabriel Cara-Fuentes, Miguel A Lanaspa, Gabriela E Garcia, Mindy Banks, Eduardo H Garin, Richard J Johnson
Minimal Change Disease (MCD) is the most common type of nephrotic syndrome in children. The etiology has remained unknown, although it is commonly thought to be due to an unknown circulating factor that triggers podocyte dysfunction. To date, several changes in podocytes have been reported in MCD, of which one is the expression of CD80, also known as B7.1, which is a costimulatory molecule that is normally expressed on antigen -presenting cells. Some studies suggest that subjects with steroid-sensitive MCD may express CD80 in their podocytes during relapse and that this expression is associated with high urinary levels of CD80...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Keizo Kanasaki
Emerging evidence suggests that dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors used to treat type 2 diabetes may have nephroprotective effects beyond the reduced renal risk conferred by glycemic control. DPP-4 is a ubiquitous protein with exopeptidase activity that exists in cell membrane-bound and soluble forms. The kidneys contain the highest levels of DPP-4, which is increased in diabetic nephropathy. DPP-4 inhibitors are a chemically heterogeneous class of drugs with important pharmacological differences. Of the globally marketed DPP-4 inhibitors, linagliptin is of particular interest for diabetic nephropathy as it is the only compound that is not predominantly excreted in the urine...
February 28, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Yuanmin Li, Jingping Liu, Guangneng Liao, Jie Zhang, Younan Chen, Lan Li, Li Li, Fang Liu, Bo Chen, Gang Guo, Chengshi Wang, Lichuan Yang, Jingqiu Cheng, Yangrong Lu
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a major complication of diabetes and represents the leading cause of end-stage renal disease. Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) treatment has been demonstrated to be effective in DN models by reducing albuminuria and attenuating glomerular injury; however, limited in-depth understanding of the underlying mechanism and a lack of clinical trials hinders its clinical use. Additionally, most of these experimental studies were conducted on the advanced stage of nephropathy, which is difficult to reverse and consequently showed limited therapeutic efficacy...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Claudio Ponticelli, Francesco Locatelli
Glucocorticoids exert anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive activities by genomic and nongenomic effects. The classic genomic effects are mediated by cytosolic glucocorticoid receptors that can upregulate the expression of anti-inflammatory proteins in the nucleus (transactivation) or repress the translocation of proinflammatory transcription factors from the cytosol into the nucleus (transrepression). The nongenomic effects are probably mediated by membrane glucocorticoid receptors. Glucocorticoid receptors are expressed also in podocytes and experimental data suggest that glucocorticoids may protect from podocyte injury...
February 23, 2018: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
J Lappalainen, N K J Oksala, D E Laaksonen, S Khanna, T Kokkola, K Kaarniranta, C K Sen, M Atalay
Impaired expression of heat shock proteins (HSPs) and increased oxidative stress may contribute to the pathophysiology of diabetes by disrupted tissue protection. Acute exercise induces oxidative stress, whereas exercise training up-regulates endogenous antioxidant defenses and HSP expression. Although diabetic nephropathy is a major contributor to diabetic morbidity, information regarding the effect of HSPs on kidney protection is limited. The present study evaluated the effects of 8-week exercise training on kidney HSP expression and markers of oxidative stress at rest and after acute exercise in rats with or without streptozotocin-induced diabetes...
February 23, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Shojiro Watanabe, Tomomi Aizawa, Hiroyasu Tsukaguchi, Koji Tsugawa, Kazushi Tsuruga, Akemi Shono, Kandai Nozu, Kazumoto Iijima, Kensuke Joh, Hiroshi Tanaka
Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing for clinical genetic testing have revealed novel disease-causing genes, such as Crumbs homolog 2 (CRB2) for early-onset steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS). We report the long-term clinicopathologic observation of a Japanese female patient with SRNS caused by a newly identified compound heterozygous mutation of CRB2 (p.Arg628Cys and p.Gly839Trp located in the 10th and 11th epidermal growth factor-like domains, respectively). She was initially examined during a mass urinary mass screening for 3...
February 23, 2018: Nephrology
Bedra Sharif, Moumita Barua
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The widespread adoption of next-generation sequencing by research and clinical laboratories has begun to uncover the previously unknown genetic basis of many diseases. In nephrology, one of the best examples of this is seen in focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and nephrotic syndrome. We review advances made in 2017 as a result of human and molecular genetic studies as it relates to FSGS and nephrotic syndrome. RECENT FINDINGS: There are more than 50 monogenic genes described in steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome and FSGS, with seven reported in 2017...
February 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
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