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# Nephron number

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#1
Farid Boubred, Laurent Daniel, Christophe Buffat, Michel Tsimaratos, Charles Oliver, Martine Lelièvre-Pégorier, Umberto Simeoni
BACKGROUND: Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a risk factor for hypertension (HT) and chronic renal disease (CRD). A reduction in the nephron number is proposed to be the underlying mechanism; however, the mechanism is debated. The aim of this study was to demonstrate that IUGR-induced HT and CRD are linked to the magnitude of nephron number reduction, independently on its cause. METHODS: Systolic blood pressure (SBP), glomerular filtration rate (GFR), proteinuria, nephron number, and glomerular sclerosis were compared between IUGR offspring prenatally exposed to a maternal low-protein diet (9% casein; LPD offspring) or maternal administration of betamethasone (from E17 to E19; BET offspring) and offspring with a normal birth weight (NBW offspring)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
#2
REVIEW
Saeed R Khan
Crystallization by itself is not harmful as long as the crystals are not retained in the kidneys and are allowed to pass freely down the renal tubules to be excreted in the urine. A number of theories have been proposed, and studies performed, to determine the mechanisms involved in crystal retention within the kidneys. It has been suggested that urinary transit through the nephron is too fast for crystals to grow large enough to be retained. Thus, free particle mechanism alone cannot lead to stone formation, and there must be a mechanism for crystal fixation within the kidneys...
November 28, 2016: Urolithiasis
#3
Christine A Klemens, Robert S Edinger, Lindsay Kightlinger, Xiaoning Liu, Michael B Butterworth
The epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) is the limiting entry point for Na(+) reabsorption in the distal kidney nephron and is regulated by numerous hormones, including the mineralocorticoid hormone aldosterone. Previously we identified ankyrin G (AnkG), a cytoskeletal protein involved in vesicular transport, as a novel aldosterone-induced protein that can alter Na(+) transport in mouse cortical collecting duct (mCCD) cells. However, the mechanisms underlying AnkG's regulation of Na(+) transport were unknown. Here we report that AnkG expression directly regulates Na(+) transport by altering ENaC activity in the apical membrane...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
#4
Vandréa Carla de Souza, Muriel Rabilloud, Pierre Cochat, Mario Bernardes Wagner, Clotilde Druck Garcia, Bruno Ranchin, Jean Iwaz, Luciano Selistre, Laurence Dubourg
BACKGROUND: The survival rates of renal transplant children are indeed on the rise, but it is still important to ensure that there is optimal renal function in these children in all their future growing years. The number of functioning nephrons and the graft ability to adapt to an increasing demand during body growth seem to be the most important factors for long-term allograft function. This study examined the long-term change in the glomerular filtration rate in a pediatric kidney transplant cohort and the importance of the recipient and donor ages in predicting transplant outcome...
November 29, 2016: American Journal of Nephrology
#5
S Brandon Hancock, Christos S Georgiades
The number of new cases of renal cell carcinoma has been steadily increasing since the 1960s, reaching 62,000 and 89,000 annually in the United States and Europe, respectively, in 2016. The current standard of care for early-stage disease is nephron-sparing surgery, which has a demonstrated long-term disease-free survival and an acceptable safety profile. Technical developments (thin, powerful probes and real-time image guidance systems) have allowed image-guided percutaneous ablation to become a viable option for stage I renal cell carcinoma...
November 2016: Cancer Journal
#6
Shuzhen Li, Sijie Cheng, Zhenzhen Sun, Harr-Keshauve Mungun, Wei Gong, Jing Yu, Weiwei Xia, Yue Zhang, Songming Huang, Aihua Zhang, Zhanjun Jia
Indoxyl sulfate (IS) is one of important uremic toxins and is markedly accumulated in the circulation of end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients, which might contribute to the damage of residual nephrons and progressive loss of residual renal function (RRF). Thus this study was undertaken to investigate the role of IS in modulating mesangial cell (MC) proliferation and the underlying mechanism. The proliferation of MCs induced by IS was determined by cell number counting, DNA synthase rate, and cell cycle phase analysis...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
#7
Khaoula Turki, Kamel Charradi, Habib Boukhalfa, Monia Belhaj, Ferid Limam, Ezzedine Aouani
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a syndrome characterized by progressive and irreversible deterioration of renal function linked to slow destruction of renal parenchyma, eventually terminating in death when sufficient number of nephrons are damaged. Oxidative stress is commonly observed in CKD patients resulting from an imbalance between overproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and impairment of defence mechanisms. Grape seed extract (GSE) is a polyphenolic mixture exhibiting antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties...
2016: EXCLI journal
#8
REVIEW
Kieran M Short, Ian M Smyth
The mammalian kidney develops from a simple epithelial bud to an arborized network of tubules, which are fated to form the ureter, renal pelvis and collecting ducts. This process of ductal elaboration is achieved through an ancient developmental mechanism known as branching morphogenesis that is widely employed in glandular organs, the vasculature and lungs. It breaks up large solid tissues facilitating secretion, excretion and gas exchange, depending on the tissue. In the kidney, growth of the ureteric bud is driven by interactions between progenitor cells in the tips of the epithelial tree and their mesenchymal 'caps'...
December 2016: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
#9
REVIEW
Tibor Szarvas, Orsolya Módos, András Horváth, Péter Nyirády
In the last few years growing evidence highlighted the differences between upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) and urothelial bladder carcinoma (UBC) which cannot be explained solely by their different anatomical location. The aim of this review was to summarize current progress in UTUC research and to underline the differences and similarities between UTUC and UBC by focusing on epidemiology, etiology, staging and risk factors as well as on surgical and medical management. UBC and UTUC sharing common risk factors such as smoking and aromatic amines, while aristolochic acid exposure or familiar Lynch syndrome are rather specific for UTUC...
October 2016: Translational Andrology and Urology
#10
Patricio Lopez-Jaramillo
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are major causes of death and illness worldwide. In recent decades an increased prevalence of CVD mortality has been reported in low-medium income countries, which has been associated with changes in life styles, deficiencies in health systems and the persistence of social inequities.The metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of cardiometabolic risk factors, with insulin resistance and increased adiposity as its central features. Identifying individuals with metabolic syndrome is important due to its association with an increased risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
#11
Renaud Snanoudj, Marc-Olivier Timsit, Marion Rabant, Claire Tinel, Hélène Lazareth, Lionel Lamhaut, Frank Martinez, Christophe Legendre
Use of expanded criteria donor (ECD) kidneys, which are associated with a reduced graft survival rate, has become widely adopted in elderly recipients in an old-to-old allocation system. However, the results are frequently unsatisfactory, and a high proportion of these ECD kidneys are discarded. Dual kidney transplantation (DKT) is an underutilized way to expand the pool of ECD kidneys and to rapidly transplant elderly patients with satisfactory results because of the transplantation of double the nephronic mass...
September 29, 2016: Transplantation
#12
Selahattin Çaliskan, Emrah Özsoy, Selçuk Kaba, Orhan Koca, Metin Isak Öztürk
INTRODUCTION: Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis is a chronic destructive granulomatous inflammation of the kidney. This pathology was firstly described in 1916 and a small number of patient series were reported in the literature. In this study, we aimed to report the patients with xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis in our nephrectomy cases. METHODS: The patients who underwent nephrectomy and were diagnosed with xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis in our hospital database were reviewed retrospectively...
October 2016: Archives of Iranian Medicine
#13
Anita T Layton, Kamel Laghmani, Volker Vallon, Aurélie Edwards
Sodium and its associated anions are the major determinant of extracellular fluid volume, and the reabsorption of Na(+) by the kidney plays a crucial role in long-term blood pressure control. The goal of this study was to investigate the extent to which inhibitors of transepithelial Na(+) transport (TNa) along the nephron alter urinary solute excretion and TNa efficiency and how those effects may vary along different nephron segments. To accomplish that goal, we used the multinephron model developed in the companion study (28)...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
#14
Anita T Layton, Volker Vallon, Aurélie Edwards
The goal of this study was to investigate water and solute transport, with a focus on sodium transport (T$_{\rm Na}$) and metabolism along individual nephron segments under differing physiological and pathophysiological conditions. To accomplish this goal, we developed a computational model of solute transport and oxygen consumption (Q$_{\rm O2}$) along different nephron populations of a rat kidney. The model represents detailed epithelial and paracellular transport processes along both the superficial and juxtamedullary nephrons, with the loop of Henle of each model nephron extending to differing depths of the inner medulla...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
#15
Toralf Melsom, Vidar Stefansson, Jørgen Schei, Marit Solbu, Trond Jenssen, Tom Wilsgaard, Bjørn O Eriksen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Hyperfiltration at the single-nephron level has been proposed as an early stage of kidney dysfunction of different origins. Evidence supporting this hypothesis in humans is lacking, because there is no method of measuring single-nephron GFR in humans. However, increased whole-kidney GFR in the same individual implies an increased single-nephron GFR, because the number of nephrons does not increase with age. We hypothesized that an increase in GFR would be associated with an increased albumin-to-creatinine ratio in a cohort of the general population...
September 28, 2016: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
#16
REVIEW
Taro Tsujimura, Mana Idei, Masahiro Yoshikawa, Osamu Takase, Keiichi Hishikawa
The gene encoding bone morphogenetic protein-7 (Bmp7) is expressed in the developing kidney in embryos and also in the mature organ in adults. During kidney development, expression of Bmp7 is essential to determine the final number of nephrons in and proper size of the organ. The secreted BMP7 acts on the nephron progenitor cells to exert its dual functions: To maintain and expand the progenitor population and to provide them with competence to respond to differentiation cues, each relying on distinct signaling pathways...
September 26, 2016: World Journal of Stem Cells
#17
Matthew J Watson, Abhinav Sidana, Annerleim Walton Diaz, M Minhaj Siddiqui, Ryan A Hankins, Gennady Bratslavsky, W Marston Linehan, Adam R Metwalli
INTRODUCTION: Multifocal and hereditary kidney cancers often require repeated ipsilateral nephron sparing procedures with higher blood loss and complication rates compared to first time renal surgery. Consequently, many surgeons avoid minimally invasive techniques in the setting. We present the characteristics, complications, and short-term renal functional outcomes of patients who underwent a repeat robotic partial nephrectomy (rRPNx). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A database was retrospectively reviewed to identify patients who underwent robotic partial nephrectomies between January 2007 and December 2013...
November 2016: Journal of Endourology
#18
Patricio Lopez-Jaramillo
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are major causes of death and illness worldwide. In recent decades an increased prevalence of CVD mortality has been reported in low-medium income countries, which has been associated with changes in life styles, deficiencies in health systems and the persistence of social inequities.The metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of cardiometabolic risk factors, with insulin resistance and increased adiposity as its central features. Identifying individuals with metabolic syndrome is important due to its association with an increased risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
#19
Laurent Pinelli, Antoine Nissant, Aurélie Edwards, Stéphane Lourdel, Jacques Teulon, Marc Paulais
ClC-K2, a member of the ClC family of Cl(-) channels and transporters, forms the major basolateral Cl(-) conductance in distal nephron epithelial cells and therefore plays a central role in renal Cl(-) absorption. However, its regulation remains largely unknown because of the fact that recombinant ClC-K2 has not yet been studied at the single-channel level. In the present study, we investigate the effects of voltage, pH, Cl(-), and Ca(2+) on native ClC-K2 in the basolateral membrane of intercalated cells from the mouse connecting tubule...
September 2016: Journal of General Physiology
#20
REVIEW
Melissa H Little, Alexander N Combes, Minoru Takasato
The treatment of renal failure has seen little change in the past 70 years. Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are treated with renal replacement therapy, including dialysis or organ transplantation. The growing imbalance between the availability of donor organs and prevalence of ESRD is pushing an increasing number of patients to undergo dialysis. Although the prospect of new treatment options for patients through regenerative medicine has long been suggested, advances in the generation of human kidney cell types through the directed differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells over the past 2 years have brought this prospect closer to delivery...
October 2016: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
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