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Julia Nemiroff, Nopasak Phasukkijwatana, Veronika Vaclavik, Aaron Nagiel, Eric R Holz, David Sarraf
PURPOSE: To describe the multimodal imaging findings, including optical coherence tomography angiography analysis, and spectrum of etiologies associated with Amalric triangular choroidal infarction. METHODS: This study is a multicenter, retrospective, observational case series review of the clinical and multimodal imaging findings for six patients with Amalric triangular choroidal infarction. RESULTS: Six patients (10 eyes) with Amalric triangular choroidal infarction were enrolled...
October 11, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Pankaj Beniwal, Lalit Pursnani, Sanjeev Sharma, R K Garsa, Mohit Mathur, Prasad Dharmendra, Vinay Malhotra, Dhanajai Agarwal
Studies published from centers across India have reported different and contradicting patterns of glomerular disease. In this retrospective study, we report our experience from a Tertiary Care Center in Northwest India. A total of 702 renal biopsies performed between 2008 and 2013 were reviewed of which 80 were excluded from the study because of having insufficient records or if the biopsies were taken from an allograft. The study included 411 males (66.1 %) and 211 females (33.9%) with an age range of 12-70 years (mean 30...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Haitao Wang, Fang Fang, Ying Sun, Songlan Wang, Yonghui Mao
BACKGROUND: Kimura disease is a rare chronic inflammatory disorder with peripheral eosinophilia and elevated serum IgE and is also frequently complicated by nephropathy. METHODS: We report a rare case of Kimura disease concomitant with lupus nephritis in a 72-year old male patient with recurrent unexplained lymphadenopathy, renal lesions, and immunologic abnormalities. RESULTS: The patient was successfully managed with gamma immunoglobulin, intravenous pulse methylprednisolone therapy, hydroxychloroquine, and prednisone...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Anna Julie Peired, Alessandro Sisti, Paola Romagnani
Mesenchymal stem cells form a population of self-renewing, multipotent cells that can be isolated from several tissues. Multiple preclinical studies have demonstrated that the administration of exogenous MSC could prevent renal injury and could promote renal recovery through a series of complex mechanisms, in particular via immunomodulation of the immune system and release of paracrine factors and microvesicles. Due to their therapeutic potentials, MSC are being evaluated as a possible player in treatment of human kidney disease, and an increasing number of clinical trials to assess the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of MSC-based therapy in various kidney diseases have been proposed...
2016: Stem Cells International
Ozan Ünlü, Stephane Zuily, Doruk Erkan
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is the association of thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity with antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). Thirty to forty percent of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients are tested positive for aPL, which may have an impact on the SLE presentation, management, and prognosis. Compared with SLE patients without aPL, those with aPL have a higher prevalence of thrombosis, pregnancy morbidity, valve disease, pulmonary hypertension, livedo reticularis, thrombocytopenia, hemolytic anemia, acute/chronic renal vascular lesions, and moderate/severe cognitive impairment; worse quality of life; and higher risk of organ damage...
June 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Laura Penna Rocha, Samuel Cavalcante Xavier, Fernanda Rodrigues Helmo, Juliana Reis Machado, Fernando Silva Ramalho, Marlene Antônia Dos Reis, Rosana Rosa Miranda Corrêa
INTRODUCTION: Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process in which epithelial cells may express mesenchymal cell markers with subsequent change in their functions, and it may be part of the etiopathogenesis of kidney disease. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the immunexpression of some EMT inducers and markers in frequent nephropathies in pediatric patients. METHODS: 59 patients aged 2-18 years old were selected and divided into 6 groups of frequent nephropathies in children and adolescents, as well as one control group...
September 22, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Robert Kölm, Monica Schaller, Lubka T Roumenina, Iga Niemiec, Johanna A Kremer Hovinga, Elham Khanicheh, Beat A Kaufmann, Helmut Hopfer, Marten Trendelenburg
Premature atherosclerosis and thrombotic complications are major causes of morbidity and mortality in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, the high incidence of these complications cannot be explained by traditional risk factors alone, suggesting direct effects of an activated immune system on hemostasis. The unexpected nucleotide sequence homology between SLE patient -: derived autoantibodies against complement C1q (Fab anti-C1q) and von Willebrand factor (VWF) led us to investigate a potential interaction between the complement and hemostatic systems on the level of initiating molecules...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
John A D'Elia, George Bayliss, Ray E Gleason, Larry A Weinrauch
Since angiotensin increases the expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI), mechanisms associated with an actively functioning renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system can be expected to be associated with increased PAI-1 expression. These mechanisms are present not only in common conditions resulting in glomerulosclerosis associated with aging, diabetes or genetic mutations, but also in autoimmune disease (like scleroderma and lupus), radiation injury, cyclosporine toxicity, allograft nephropathy and ureteral obstruction...
October 2016: Clinical Kidney Journal
Chelsea Corradetti, Neelakshi R Jog, Stefania Gallucci, Michael Madaio, Siddharth Balachandran, Roberto Caricchio
Immune mediated nephropathy is one of the most serious manifestations of lupus and is characterized by severe inflammation and necrosis that, if untreated, eventually leads to renal failure. Although lupus has a higher incidence in women, both sexes can develop lupus glomerulonephritis; nephritis in men develops earlier and is more severe than in women. It is therefore important to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms mediating nephritis in each sex. Previous work by our lab found that the absence or pharmacological inhibition of Poly [ADP-ribose] polymerase 1 (PARP-1), an enzyme involved in DNA repair and necrotic cell death, affects only male mice and results in milder nephritis, with less in situ inflammation, and diminished incidence of necrotic lesions, allowing for higher survival rates...
2016: PloS One
Francesca Saccon, Mariele Gatto, Anna Ghirardello, Luca Iaccarino, Leonardo Punzi, Andrea Doria
Galectins are evolutionary conserved β-galactoside binding proteins with a carbohydrate-recognition domain (CRD) of approximately 130 amino acids. In mammals, 15 members of the galectin family have been identified and classified into three subtypes according to CRD organization: prototype, tandem repeat-type and chimera-type galectins. Galectin-3 (gal-3) is the only chimera type galectin in vertebrates containing one CRD linked to an unusual long N-terminal domain which displays non-lectin dependent activities...
September 23, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
Rossella Attini, Filomena Leone, Silvia Parisi, Federica Fassio, Irene Capizzi, Valentina Loi, Loredana Colla, Maura Rossetti, Martina Gerbino, Stefania Maxia, Maria Grazia Alemanno, Fosca Minelli, Ettore Piccoli, Elisabetta Versino, Marilisa Biolcati, Paolo Avagnina, Antonello Pani, Gianfranca Cabiddu, Tullia Todros, Giorgina B Piccoli
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy in women with advanced CKD becoming increasingly common. However, experience with low-protein diets in CKD patients in pregnancy is still limited. Aim of this study is to review the results obtained over the last 15 years with moderately restricted low-protein diets in pregnant CKD women (combining: CKD stages 3-5, proteinuria: nephrotic at any time, or > =1 g/24 at start or referral; nephrotic in previous pregnancy). CKD patients on unrestricted diets were employed for comparison...
2016: BMC Nephrology
Geetika Singh, Lavleen Singh, Ranajoy Ghosh, Devajit Nath, Amit Kumar Dinda
AIM: To describe the technique of immunofluorescence on paraffin embedded tissue sections and discuss the potential pitfalls with an in depth review of literature. METHODS: Immunofluorescence is integral to diagnostic renal pathology. Immunofluorescence on paraffin embedded renal biopsies (IF-P) after enzyme treatment has been described in literature, however has not found widespread use in renal pathology laboratories. In our laboratory proteinase K digestion of paraffin embedded renal biopsy material was standardized and applied prospectively in cases where immunofluorescence on fresh frozen tissue was non contributory or not possible...
September 6, 2016: World Journal of Nephrology
Ruitong Gao, Wenqing Yu, Yubing Wen, Hang Li
OBJECTIVE: Antiphospholipid-associated nephropathy (aPLN) is a severe condition in patients with lupus nephritis (LN). aPLN should be distinguished from other reasons for renal ischemia. The most important cofactor of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL), β2-glycoprotein I (β2GPI), was shown in vitro to bind endothelial cells and to induce a procoagulant phenotype. The objectives of this study were to investigate whether β2GPI expression was involved in patients with LN with aPLN and to determine its specificity...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
Ranjan Gupta, Akhilesh Yadav, Amita Aggarwal
Urinary MCP-1 (uMCP-1) levels reflect lupus nephritis (LN) disease activity. However, long-term prospective studies evaluating it as a biomarker are lacking. SLE patients with active nephritis (AN), active disease without nephritis (ANR), and inactive disease (ID) were enrolled. AN patients were followed up every 3 months for 1 year. Urine and serum samples were collected at baseline from all and at follow-up visits in AN group. Urine samples from healthy subjects (HC), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and diabetic nephropathy (DM) patients (20 each) served as controls...
November 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Dorin-Bogdan Borza
The glomerular basement membrane (GBM) is an essential component of the glomerular filtration barrier. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans such as agrin are major components of the GBM, along with α345(IV) collagen, laminin-521 and nidogen. A loss of GBM heparan sulfate chains is associated with proteinuria in several glomerular diseases and may contribute to the underlying pathology. As the major determinants of the anionic charge of the GBM, heparan sulfate chains have been thought to impart charge selectivity to the glomerular filtration, a view challenged by the negligible albuminuria in mice that lack heparan sulfate in the GBM...
September 6, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
G Camicia, S A Muñoz, A Allievi, A O Orden, S Perés Wingeyer, R Trobo, A Eimon, J C Barreira, E Schneeberger, J Sarano, J Hofman, G de Larrañaga, F Aranda
UNLABELLED: Objetives: Systemic lupus erythematosus is a multifactorial autoimmune disease and the glomerulonephritis is one of the most severe complications, which leads to severe persistent proteinuria, chronic renal failure, and end-stage renal disease. This multicenter study investigated the genetic associations of a non-synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphism in DNase I with the risk of lupus and its influence on development of nephropathy in an Argentinean population. METHODS: Using the Polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism method, the Q222R (+2373A→G; Gln244Arg) DNase I polymorphism was studied in 156 systemic lupus erythematosus patients and 170 healthy controls...
April 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
R J Turner, M Eikmans, I M Bajema, J A Bruijn, H J Baelde
Vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) is essential for maintaining the glomerular filtration barrier. Absolute renal levels of VEGF-A change in patients with diabetic nephropathy and inflammatory kidney diseases, but whether changes in the renal splicing patterns of VEGF-A play a role remains unclear. In this study, we investigated mRNA splicing patterns of pro-angiogenic isoforms of VEGF-A in glomeruli and whole kidney samples from human patients with kidney disease and from mouse models of kidney disease...
2016: PloS One
Frank Bienaimé, Christophe Legendre, Fabiola Terzi, Guillaume Canaud
The antiphospholipid syndrome is a common autoimmune disease caused by pathogenic antiphospholipid antibodies, leading to recurrent thrombosis and/or obstetrical complications. Importantly for nephrologists, antiphospholipid antibodies are associated with various renal manifestations including large renal vessel thrombosis, renal artery stenosis, and a constellation of intrarenal lesions that has been termed antiphospholipid nephropathy. This last condition associates various degrees of acute thrombotic microangiopathy, proliferative and fibrotic lesions of the intrarenal vessels, and ischemic modifications of the renal parenchyma...
August 20, 2016: Kidney International
S K Rampelli, N G Rajesh, B H Srinivas, K T Harichandra Kumar, R P Swaminathan, P S Priyamvada
There is limited data on the etiology, clinical and histopathological spectrum and outcomes of crescentic glomerulonephritis (CrGN) in adult Indian population. This prospective study was done to evaluate the etiology, clinicohistological patterns and predictors of outcome of CrGN in South Indian population. All the patients received standard protocol based immunosuppression in addition to supportive care. Immune-complex glomerulonephritis (ICGN) was the most common etiology (n = 31; 77.5%) followed by pauci-immune glomerulonephritis (PauciGN; n = 8; 20%) and anti-glomerular basement membrane disease (n = 1; 2...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Nephrology
Terry King-Wing Ma, Stephen P McAdoo, Frederick Wai-Keung Tam
Spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk), a 72 kDa cytoplasmic non-receptor protein-tyrosine kinase, plays an important role in signal transduction in a variety of cell types. Ever since its discovery in the early 1990s, there has been accumulating evidence to suggest a pathogenic role of Syk in various allergic disorders, autoimmune diseases and malignancies. Additionally, there is emerging data from both pre-clinical and clinical studies that Syk is implicated in the pathogenesis of proliferative glomerulonephritis (GN), including anti-glomerular basement membrane disease, anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated GN, lupus nephritis and immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN)...
2016: Nephron
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