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steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome

Eugen Widmeier, Weizhen Tan, Merlin Airik, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
INTRODUCTION: Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) inevitably progresses to end-stage kidney disease, requiring dialysis or transplantation for survival. However, treatment modalities and drug discovery remain limited. Mutations in over 30 genes have been discovered as monogenic causes of SRNS. Most of these genes are predominantly expressed in the glomerular epithelial cell, the podocyte, placing it at the center of the pathogenesis of SRNS. Podocyte migration rate (PMR) represents a relevant intermediate phenotype of disease in monogenic causes of SRNS...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Imen Gorsane, I Helal, I Yacoub, F Ben Hamida, E Abderrahim, T Ben Abdallah
Focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a heterogeneous entity. Previous few studies have evaluated the efficacy of calcineurin inhibitors in primary FSGS and have suggested positive benefit. In this single-center, retrospective study (1975-2014), we report our experience in Tunisian adults with primary FSGS treated with cyclosporine A (CsA). It includes patients histologically proven FSGS and managed in the Charles Nicolle Hospital at Tunis, Tunisia. The dose of CsA was adjusted to maintain a whole blood trough level of 80-150 ng/mL...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Elisabeth M Hodson, Sophia C Wong, Narelle S Willis, Jonathan C Craig
BACKGROUND: The majority of children who present with their first episode of nephrotic syndrome achieve remission with corticosteroid therapy. Children who fail to respond may be treated with immunosuppressive agents including calcineurin inhibitors (cyclosporin or tacrolimus) and with non-immunosuppressive agents such as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi). Optimal combinations of these agents with the least toxicity remain to be determined. This is an update of a review first published in 2004 and updated in 2006 and 2010...
October 11, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Supamit Ukarapong, Gary Berkovitz, Kenneth McElreavey, Anu Bashamboo, Yong Bao
Mutation of the Wilms tumor suppressor gene (WT1) has been recognized as one of the etiologies of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS). The mutation is also responsible for gonadal dysgenesis in 46,XY individuals. Early recognition of the presence of Y chromosome is of particular importance because of the high risk of gonadal tumor. We present here three cases of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome with WT1 mutation and 46,XY karyotype. Patient 1 and 2 have intron splice site (IVS9+5G > A) mutation...
October 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Manal A Safan, Nesreen G Elhelbawy, Dina A Midan, Heba F Khader
BACKGROUND: The most common cause of nephrotic syndrome (NS) is idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS), also called nephrosis. Although most patients respond to steroid therapy, there is unequal response to treatment suggesting the involvement of genetic factors. The current study was conducted to evaluate the influence of two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in ABCB1 (C3435T and C1236T) on the steroid treatment response in INS children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Genotyping of ABCB1 C3435T and C1236T polymorphisms by real time PCR were conducted on 120 INS children, 80 steroid sensitive (SS) and 40 steroid resistant (SR)...
October 8, 2016: British Journal of Biomedical Science
Julia Hoefele, Markus J Kemper, Ulf Schoenermarck, Susanna Mueller, Hanns-Georg Klein, Anja Lemke
About 30% of children with nephrotic syndrome (NS) have inherited forms. Among them, mutations in Wilms tumor suppressor gene 1 (WT1) are a well characterized cause associated with steroid-resistant NS, Wilms tumor, and urogenital malformation in males. However, the role of WT1 mutations in adult-onset focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is unclear. We report the case of a 38-year-old female with FSGS. She had been diagnosed with streak ovaries during diagnostic workup for infertility. Mutational analysis identified the heterozygous mutation c...
October 5, 2016: Nephron
Yasser Gamal, Ahlam Badawy, Salwa Swelam, Mostafa S K Tawfeek, Eman Fathalla Gad
Glucocorticoids are primary therapy of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS). However, not all children respond to steroid therapy. We assessed glomerular glucocorticoid receptor expression in fifty-one children with INS and its relation to response to steroid therapy and to histopathological type. Clinical, laboratory and glomerular expression of glucocorticoid receptors were compared between groups with different steroid response. Glomerular glucocorticoid expression was slightly higher in controls than in minimal change early responders, which in turn was significantly higher than in minimal change late responders...
October 3, 2016: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
Marina Vivarelli, Manuela Colucci, Alice Bonanni, Martina Verzani, Jessica Serafinelli, Francesco Emma, Gianmarco Ghiggeri
BACKGROUND: Rituximab, a chimeric anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, is an effective treatment in steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (SDNS). However, some patients develop adverse reactions. CASE-DIAGNOSIS/TREATMENT: Patient 1, a 14-year-old boy with SDNS since the age of 2, was treated with oral prednisone, cyclosporine A (CsA) and mycophenolate mofetil. A first infusion of rituximab at age 12 years was well tolerated, but this was followed by a prolonged relapse unresponsive to oral prednisone, mycophenolate mofetil and CsA...
September 29, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
María Luisa Ceballos Osorio, Francisco Cano Schuffeneger
: Growth failure is one of the most relevant complications in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Among others, growth hormone (GH) resistance and bone mineral disorders have been identified as the most important causes of growth retardation. OBJECTIVES: 1. To characterize bone mineral metabolism and growth hormone bio-markers in CKD children treated with chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD). 2. To evaluate height change with rhGH treatment. PATIENTS AND METHOD: A longitudinal 12-month follow-up in prepuberal PD children...
September 19, 2016: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
Michelle N Rheault, Rasheed A Gbadegesin
Nephrotic syndrome (NS) is a common pediatric kidney disease and is defined as massive proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia, and edema. Dysfunction of the glomerular filtration barrier, which is made up of endothelial cells, glomerular basement membrane, and visceral epithelial cells known as podocytes, is evident in children with NS. While most children have steroid-responsive nephrotic syndrome (SSNS), approximately 20% have steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) and are at risk for progressive kidney dysfunction...
March 2016: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
Maija Suvanto, Jaakko Patrakka, Timo Jahnukainen, Pia-Maria Sjöström, Matti Nuutinen, Pekka Arikoski, Janne Kataja, Marjo Kestilä, Hannu Jalanko
BACKGROUND: Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) is a common cause of end-stage renal disease in children but also occurs as an adult-onset condition. In a subset of SRNS patients, pathogenic variants are found in genes coding for podocyte foot process proteins. The aim of this study was to define the role of pathogenic variants in Finnish patients with familial and sporadic SRNS. METHODS: We analyzed SRNS-related genes NPHS1, NPHS2, NEPH1, ACTN4, TRPC6, INF2, WT1, CD2AP, LAMB2, and PLCE1 for disease-causing variants using direct sequencing of exons and intron/exon boundaries in all members of a family with dominant SRNS with early onset and slow progression to end-stage renal disease...
August 29, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Daisuke Ogino, Taeko Hashimoto, Motoshi Hattori, Noriko Sugawara, Yuko Akioka, Gen Tamiya, Satoshi Makino, Kentaro Toyota, Tetsuo Mitsui, Kiyoshi Hayasaka
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August 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
Amal A Al-Eisa, Mohammad Z Haider
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D activity is controlled by vitamin D receptors (VDRs), which are affected by different genetic polymorphisms, including TaqI and Apal restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs), which have been reported to be associated with several diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency and the association of VDR gene polymorphisms with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS) and steroid responsiveness in Kuwaiti children. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Genotypes of the VDR TaqI gene polymorphism and the Apal gene polymorphism were analyzed using polymerase chain reaction-RFLP in 78 INS patients and 56 matched controls...
2016: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
Richard Y Kim, Brittany Rae, Rachel Neal, Chantal Donovan, James Pinkerton, Lohis Balachandran, Malcolm R Starkey, Darryl A Knight, Jay C Horvat, Philip M Hansbro
Corticosteroids are broadly active and potent anti-inflammatory agents that, despite the introduction of biologics, remain as the mainstay therapy for many chronic inflammatory diseases, including inflammatory bowel diseases, nephrotic syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. Significantly, there are cohorts of these patients with poor sensitivity to steroid treatment even with high doses, which can lead to many iatrogenic side effects. The dose-limiting toxicity of corticosteroids, and the lack of effective therapeutic alternatives, leads to substantial excess morbidity and healthcare expenditure...
July 2016: Clinical & Translational Immunology
Shuji Sai, Masaki Yamamoto, Rie Yamaguchi, Karen E Chapman, Teruaki Hongo
Childhood nephrotic syndrome, in which steroid-dependence occurs concurrently with steroid-resistance, requires aggressive therapy to prevent relapse. Predictive biomarkers that can be used to stratify treatment are urgently needed. Here we report that reciprocal regulation of the glucocorticoid metabolizing enzymes, 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase types 1 and 2, is associated with steroid-responsiveness and disease remission in childhood nephrotic syndrome, potentially providing a marker to identify patients in which aggressive therapy is required...
September 2016: Pediatrics
Syed Sajid Hussain Shah, Farkhanda Hafeez
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of tacrolimus versus cyclosporine (Calcineurin Inhibitors) in the management of childhood steroid-resistant nephritic syndrome (SRNS). STUDY DESIGN: Quasi-experimental study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Paediatric Nephrology at The Children's Hospital and Institute of Child Health, Lahore, from August 2014 to September 2015. METHODOLOGY: Patients of either gender aged 1 - 12 years, with the diagnosis of mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis (MesangioPGN), focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) or minimal-change disease (MCD) were included...
July 2016: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Andrew P Groves, Patrick Reich, Binayak Sigdel, T Keefe Davis
Pneumococcal-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome (pHUS) is a rare but severe complication of invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae infection. We report the case of a 12-year-old female with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome treated with adrenocorticotrophic hormone (H.P. Acthar(®) Gel), who developed pneumococcal pneumonia and subsequent pHUS. While nephrotic syndrome is a well-known risk factor for invasive pneumococcal disease, this is the first reported case of pHUS in an adolescent patient with nephrotic syndrome, and reveals novel challenges in the diagnosis, treatment and potential prevention of this complication...
August 2016: Clinical Kidney Journal
Alana M Karp, Rasheed A Gbadegesin
The pathogenesis of childhood-onset nephrotic syndrome (NS), disparity in incidence of NS among races, and variable responses to therapies in children with NS have defied explanation to date. In the last 20 years over 50 genetic causes of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) have been identified, and at least two disease loci for two pathologic variants of SRNS (focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and membranous nephropathy) have been defined. However, the genetic causes and risk loci for steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome (SSNS) remain elusive, partly because SSNS is relatively rare and also because cases of SSNS vary widely in phenotypic expression over time...
July 29, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Velibor Tasic, Zoran Gucev, Momir Polenakovic
Nephrotic syndrome is defined as the association of massive proteinuria, hypoalbuminaemia, edema, and hyperlipidemia. It is separated to steroid-sensitive or steroid-resistant (SRNS) forms in respect to the response to intensive steroid therapy. SRNS usually progresses to end-stage renal failure. According to the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Studies SRNS constitutes the second most frequent cause of ESRD in the first two decades of life. Unfortunately, there is no curative treatment for majority of patients...
2015: Prilozi (Makedonska Akademija Na Naukite i Umetnostite. Oddelenie za Medicinski Nauki)
Kazumoto Iijima, Mayumi Sako, Kandai Nozu
Idiopathic nephrotic syndrome is the most common chronic glomerular disease in children. At least 20 % of children with this syndrome show frequent relapses and/or steroid dependence during or after immunosuppressive therapies, a condition defined as complicated frequently relapsing/steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome (FRNS/SDNS). Approximately 1-3 % of children with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome are resistant to steroids and all immunosuppressive agents, a condition defined as refractory steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS); these SRNS children have a high risk of end-stage renal failure...
July 15, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
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