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María Del Pino, Amado Andrés, Ana Ávila Bernabéu, Joaquín de Juan-Rivera, Elvira Fernández, Juan de Dios García Díaz, Domingo Hernández, José Luño, Isabel Martínez Fernández, José Paniagua, Manuel Posada de la Paz, José Carlos Rodríguez-Pérez, Rafael Santamaría, Roser Torra, Joan Torras Ambros, Pedro Vidau, Josep-Vicent Torregrosa
Fabry disease (FD) is a rare, X-linked disorder caused by mutations in the GLA gene encoding the enzyme α-galactosidase A. Complete or partial deficiency in this enzyme leads to intracellular accumulation of globotriaosylceramide (Gb3) and other glycosphingolipids in many cell types throughout the body, including the kidney. Progressive accumulation of Gb3 in podocytes, endothelial cells, epithelial cells, and tubular cells contribute to the renal symptoms of FD, which manifest as proteinuria and reduced glomerular filtration rate leading to renal insufficiency...
March 16, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Zhihui Lu, Nana Song, Bo Shen, XiaLian Xu, Yi Fang, Yiqin Shi, Yichun Ning, Jiachang Hu, Yan Dai, Xiaoqiang Ding, Jianzhou Zou, Jie Teng
BACKGROUND: The hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) target pathway plays pivotal renoprotective roles after acute kidney injury (AKI). Syndecan-1 serves as the co-receptor for HGF. Shedding of syndecan-1 is involved in various pathological processes. Thus, we hypothesized that IRI induced syndecan-1 shedding and inhibiting syndecan-1 shedding would protect against kidney injury by potentiating activation of the HGF receptor c-Met. METHODS: Expression of syndecan-1 and its sheddases were observed in kidneys of sham and I/R mice...
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Lee Ena, Jong Seung Lim, Ji Yeon Son, Yu Jin Park, Yong Hee Lee, Ji Yeong Kim, Seung Jun Kwack, Byung Mu Lee, Mee-Young Ahn, Hyung Sik Kim
Triclosan (TCS), a common antimicrobial ingredient, is present in many consumer products, including soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste. Owing to its widespread use, potential adverse effects on animals and humans may arise from lifetime exposure, but data on chronic prepubertal exposure of TCS are still lacking. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of subchronic TCS exposure (0.25, 25, 250, or 750 mg/kg) on target organ toxicity in prepubertal male rats. After daily administration of TCS to rats by oral gavage for 60 d, a significant reduction in body weight and relative weights of liver, kidneys, testes, and adrenal glands was observed in the 750-mg/kg (high dose) group...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
Ji Su Kim, Ji Yeon Son, Kyeong Seok Kim, Hyun Jung Lim, Mee-Young Ahn, Seung Jun Kwack, Young-Mi Kim, Kwang Youl Lee, Jaewon Lee, Byung Mu Lee, Hyung Sik Kim
The objective of this study was to elucidate the effect of hepatic damage on cisplatin (CDDP)-induced acute kidney injury (AKI). Thioacetamide (TAA, 150 mg/kg), a hepatotoxicant, was intraperitoneally (i.p.) injected to male Sprague-Dawley rats for 3 d prior to CDDP (5 mg/kg, i.p.) injection. All animals were sacrificed 5 d after CDDP treatment, and urine or blood was obtained to measure various parameters. No significant changes in serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) activity were observed after CDDP treatment...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
Diana Di Pinto, Marta Adragna
INTRODUCTION: Alagille syndrome (AS) is a cholestatic disease secondary to scarcity of interlobular bile ducts. It is associated with extrahepatic manifestations, and renal involvement is frequent. OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence, type and outcome of renal pathology in children with AS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The presence and outcome of renal pathology was retrospectively studied in 21 children who met AS criteria. RESULTS: Renal pathology was observed in 18 patients (85...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Shinya Fujie, Hiroyuki Matsubayashi, Hirotoshi Ishiwatari, Hiromasa Hazama, Takaaki Ito, Keiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ono
A 70-year-old man was referred to our hospital with exacerbation of diabetes. His blood tests showed elevated levels of serum IgG4 and HbA1c. Computed tomography of the pancreatic body demonstrated a weakly enhanced mass, 2 cm in size, with indistinct borders. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography revealed a narrowing of the main pancreatic duct (MPD) at the pancreatic body, a markedly dilated upstream duct, and a slightly dilated downstream duct. Endoscopic ultrasonography demonstrated an iso-hypoechoic heterogeneous mass, protruding and spreading in the pancreatic duct...
March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
B Yun, T Zhang, M A K Azad, J Wang, C J Nowell, P Kalitsis, T Velkov, D F Hudson, J Li
Increasing incidence of multidrug-resistant bacteria presents an imminent risk to global health. Polymyxins are 'last-resort' antibiotics against Gram-negative 'superbugs'; however, nephrotoxicity remains a key impediment in their clinical use. Molecular mechanisms underlying this nephrotoxicity remain poorly defined. Here, we examined the pathways which led to polymyxin B induced cell death in vitro and in vivo. Human proximal tubular cells were treated with polymyxin B (12.5-100 μM) for up to 24 h and showed a significant increase in micronuclei frequency, as well as abnormal mitotic events (over 40% in treated cells, p < 0...
March 20, 2018: Archives of Toxicology
Jun Zhang, Xiaohong Xiang, Shuangshuang Shu, Cuiling Zhang, Yuling Liang, Tingting Jiang, Wenying Zhang, Tingting Guo, Xiujie Liang, Xun Tang
It is well known that autophagy serves a crucial role in renal tubular epithelial cell (RTEC) injury in the pathogenesis of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The accumulation of advanced oxidation protein products (AOPPs) also participates in the progression of CKD. However, the effects of AOPPs on autophagy remain unknown. To clarify the underlying mechanism of RTEC injury in CKD, the effect of AOPPs on HK-2 cells, an RTEC cell line, was investigated. The results of the present study revealed that AOPP exposure downregulated the expression of B-cell lymphoma-2-interacting myosin-like coiled-coil protein 1, reduced the conversion of microtubule-associated proteins 1 light chain 3B (LC3)-I to LC3-II and the formation of autophagosomes, and lead to an accumulation of p62...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Mongkon Charoenpitakchai, Kulachet Wiwatwarayos, Nattapon Jaisupa, Muhamad Rusdi Ahmad Rusmili, Supachoke Mangmool, Wayne C Hodgson, Chetana Ruangpratheep, Lawan Chanhome, Janeyuth Chaisakul
Background: Envenoming by kraits (genus Bungarus ) is a medically significant issue in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Malayan krait ( Bungarus candidus ) venom is known to contain highly potent neurotoxins. In recent years, there have been reports on the non-neurotoxic activities of krait venom that include myotoxicity and nephrotoxicity. However, research on such non-neurotoxicity activities of Malayan krait venom is extremely limited. Thus, the aim of the present study was to determine the myotoxic, cytotoxic and nephrotoxic activities of B...
2018: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
Xingli Ji, Honglian Wang, Zhaojun Wu, Xia Zhong, Menglian Zhu, Yuwei Zhang, Ruizhi Tan, Yuhang Liu, Jianchun Li, Li Wang
BACKGROUND Fibrosis is the common pathological feature in most kinds of chronic kidney disease (CKD). TGF-β/Smads signaling is the master pathway regulating kidney fibrosis pathogenesis, in which Smad3 acts as the integrator of various pro-fibrosis signals. In this study, we analyzed the role of SIS3, a specific inhibitor of Smad3, in mouse unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) kidneys. MATERIAL AND METHODS UUO mice were intraperitoneally injected with 0.2 mg/kg/day or 2 mg/kg/day of SIS3 or control saline for 7 days, followed by analysis of structure injury, fibrosis status, inflammation, apoptosis, and TGF-β/Smads signaling activity...
March 20, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
A L Tan, M Lawson, J Preston, S Wood, A Griffin, H Rhee
Renal cancers are some of the most common solid organ malignancies found during follow-up of patients who have undergone renal transplantation (RT). In this case report, we describe a life-threatening spontaneous hemorrhage of a rare subtype of renal cell carcinoma in the native kidney of a 27-year-old man, 4 years after RT. After fluid resuscitation and stabilization, the patient underwent emergent open radical nephrectomy with the final histopathology reporting T1bN0Mx mucinous tubular and spindle cell (MTSC) carcinoma...
March 16, 2018: Transplantation Proceedings
Zaher A Radi, W Mark Vogel, Timothy LaBranche, Joseph A Dybowski, Marjorie A Peraza, Susan S Portugal, Daniel J Lettiere
Glomerulopathy and body weight gain were noted after chronic oral administration of a novel nonsteroidal dissociated agonist of the glucocorticoid receptor compound, fosdagrocorat, to beagle dogs fed an ad libitum diet. To further investigate the role of diet and treatment with either fosdagrocorat or the glucocorticoid comparator, prednisone, on renal safety, a 13-week investigative study was conducted in beagle dogs. Renal histopathology, clinical chemistry, urinalysis, glomerular filtration rate (GFR), body weight, heart rate, blood pressure (BP), and hematology were investigated in restricted- and ad libitum-fed dogs administered prednisone (2...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Toxicology
Ryan B Gil, Alberto Ortiz, Maria D Sanchez-Niño, Katerina Markoska, Eva Schepers, Raymond Vanholder, Griet Glorieux, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Silke S Heinzmann
Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a recognized global health problem. While some CKD patients remain stable after initial diagnosis, others can rapidly progress towards end-stage renal disease (ESRD). This makes biomarkers capable of detecting progressive forms of CKD extremely valuable, especially in non-invasive biofluids such as urine. Screening for metabolite markers using non-targeted metabolomic techniques like nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is increasingly applied to CKD research...
March 14, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Dongwan Kim, Ara Jo, Kusuma Betha Cahaya Imani, Dowan Kim, Jin Woong Chung, Jinhwan Yoon
Stimuli-responsive hydrogel microfibers and microtubes are in great attention for the biomedical application due to their similarity with the native extracellular matrix. In this study, we prepared pH- and temperature-responsive hydrogel microfibers and microtubes using a microfluidic device through alginate-templated photopolymerization. Hydrogel monomer solutions containing N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAm) and sodium acrylate (SA) or allyl amine (AA) were irradiated with UV light to invoke in situ photopolymerization...
March 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Michelle E Maxson, Xenia Naj, Teresa R O'Meara, Jonathan D Plumb, Leah E Cowen, Sergio Grinstein
Candida albicans hyphae can reach enormous lengths, precluding their internalization by phagocytes. Nevertheless, macrophages engulf a portion of the hypha, generating incompletely sealed tubular phagosomes. These frustrated phagosomes are stabilized by a thick cuff of F-actin that polymerizes in response to non-canonical activation of integrins by fungal glycan. Despite their continuity, the surface and invaginating phagosomal membranes retain a strikingly distinct lipid composition. PtdIns(4,5)P2 is present at the plasmalemma but is not detectable in the phagosomal membrane, while PtdIns(3)P and PtdIns(3,4,5)P3 co-exist in the phagosomes yet are absent from the surface membrane...
March 19, 2018: ELife
Judith Sebestyen VanSickle, Tarak Srivastava, Uri S Alon
The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) plays an important role in the homeostasis of serum ionized calcium by regulating parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion and tubular calcium handling. Calcimimetics, which act by allosteric modulation of the CaSR, mimic hypercalcemia resulting in suppression of PTH release and increase in calciuria. Mostly used in children to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism associated with advanced renal failure, we have shown that calcimimetics can also be successfully used in children with bone and mineral disorders in which elevated PTH plays a detrimental role in skeletal pathophysiology in the face of normal kidney function...
March 19, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Hongwen Zhang, Fang Wang, Huijie Xiao, Yong Yao
Low-molecular-weight proteinuria is one of the characteristic clinical manifestations of renal tubular and interstitial diseases. Low-molecular-weight proteinuria is defined as excessive urinary loss of α1-microglobulin, β2-microglobulin, or other low-molecular-weight plasma proteins. The current study examined the ratio of urinary α1-microglobulin to microalbumin in 24 Chinese pediatric patients with renal tubular and interstitial diseases, including 10 patients with Dent disease, 2 patients with Lowe syndrome, 6 patients with acute tubulointerstitial nephritis (ATIN), 4 patients with acute tubulointerstitial nephritis with uveitis syndrome (TINU), and 2 patients with nephronophthisis (NPHP)...
February 2018: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
Jingxin Zhang, Guodong Deng, Lili Qiao, Hui Luo, Qiqi Liu, Ning Liang, Jian Xie, Jiandong Zhang
Galectin-3 is a multifunctional β-galactoside binding lectin associated with tumor progression. Previous studies confirmed the roles of galecin-3 overexpression and silencing in the biological behavior of Eca109 human esophageal cancer (EC) cells; galectin-3 may serve a critical role in the vasculogenic mimicry (VM) of tumors. Therefore, the present study examined the effects of galectin-3 knockdown using lentivirus vectors on VM in EC. Eca109 and EC9706 EC cells were transfected with a lentiviral vector to inhibit galectin-3 expression, or a control vector...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jifang Ma, Lei Zhang, Jianbing Hao, Naqi Li, Jie Tang, Lirong Hao
TGF-β1-induced excessive deposition of ECM and EMT process of tubular epithelial cells play critical roles in the development and progression of fibrosis in diabetic nephropathy (DN). Orai1 has been demonstrated to be involved in TGF-β1-induced EMT via TGF-β/Smad3 pathway. We are aimed to explore the effects of miR-93 on TGF-β1-induced EMT process in HK2 cells. In this study, our data showed that miR-93 was dramatically decreased in renal tissues of patients with DN and TGF-β1-stimulated HK2 cells. Moreover, the decreased level of miR-93 was closely associated with the increased expression of Orai1...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Nancy Kim, Roxanna Juarez, Angela D Levy
In patients with end-stage renal disease, the treatment of choice for most patients is renal transplantation. Complications that occur after kidney transplant can be broadly divided into vascular and non-vascular categories. Non-vascular complications can further be divided into surgical and medical categories. When evaluating renal transplant imaging, it is helpful to consider the occurrence of complications in a timeline from time of surgery. Ultrasound is often the first modality used for evaluation of renal transplants particularly in the early postoperative period...
March 17, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
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