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Naohiro Toda, Hideki Yokoi, Kiyoshi Mori, Masashi Mukoyama
CCN2 has been shown to be closely involved in the progression of renal fibrosis, indicating the potential of CCN2 inhibition as a therapeutic target. Although the examination of the phenotypes of adult CCN2 knockout mice with renal diseases has yielded valuable scientific insights, perinatal death has limited studies of CCN2 in vivo. Conditional knockout technology has become widely used for the deletion of genes in the desired cell populations and time points through the use of cell-specific Cre recombinase-expressing mice...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Angelika Url, Verena Krutak, Anna Kübber-Heiss, Sonja Chvala-Mannsberger, Nadia Robert, Nora Dinhopl, Peter Schmidt, Chris Walzer
According to previous studies in captive cheetah ( Acinonyx jubatus ) populations, one of the most threatening diseases besides amyloidosis, myelopathy, veno occlusive disease, and gastritis, is renal failure. Contrary to captive cheetahs in North America and South Africa, morphological data concerning renal lesions in the cheetah European Endangered Species Program (EEP) are lacking. This study details the histological characterization as well as immunohistochemical and morphometrical analysis of nephropathies in 35 captive cheetahs from the EEP, which were necropsied between 1985 and 2003...
September 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Vincent Cottin, Elisabeth Bel, Paolo Bottero, Klaus Dalhoff, Marc Humbert, Romain Lazor, Renato A Sinico, Pasupathy Sivasothy, Michael E Wechsler, Matthieu Groh, Sylvain Marchand-Adam, Chahéra Khouatra, Benoit Wallaert, Camille Taillé, Philippe Delaval, Jacques Cadranel, Philippe Bonniaud, Grégoire Prévot, Sandrine Hirschi, Anne Gondouin, Bertrand Dunogué, Gérard Chatté, Christophe Briault, Christian Pagnoux, David Jayne, Loïc Guillevin, Jean-François Cordier
OBJECTIVE: To guide nosology and classification of patients with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) based on phenotype and presence or absence of ANCA. METHODS: Organ manifestations and ANCA status were retrospectively analyzed based on the presence or not of predefined definite vasculitis features or surrogates of vasculitis in patients asthma, eosinophilia, and at least one systemic organ manifestation attributable to systemic disease. RESULTS: The study population included 157 patients (mean age 49...
September 23, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
Patrice Cacoub, Anne Claire Desbois, Corinne Isnard-Bagnis, Dario Rocatello, Clodoveo Ferri
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with tremendous morbidity and mortality due to liver complications. HCV infection is also associated with many extrahepatic manifestations including cardiovascular diseases, glucose metabolism impairment, cryoglobulinemia vasculitis, B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Many studies have shown a strong association between HCV and CKD, by reporting (i) an increased prevalence of HCV infection in patients on haemodialysis, (ii) an increased incidence of CKD and proteinuria in HCV-infected patients, and (iii) the development of membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis secondary to HCV-induced cryoglobulinemia vasculitis...
October 2016: Journal of Hepatology
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
Wei Peng, Yi Tang, Zheng Jiang, Zi Li, Xuhua Mi, Wei Qin
BACKGROUND: Immunoglobin A nephropathy (IgAN), the most prevalent form of primary glomerulonephritis, represents the leading cause of kidney failure among East Asian populations. Immunosuppressive treatment regimen, except for a 6-month trial of corticosteroids, has not been approved by the KDIGO guideline yet. Specific and effective treatment is still lacking. We decided to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) in the treatment of IgAN. METHODS: Database from the Cochrane library, PubMed, Embase, CBM, CNKI, and CENTRAL databases were searched and reviewed up to March 2016...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
M Mizerska-Wasiak, A Turczyn, A Such, K Cichoń-Kawa, J Małdyk, M Miklaszewska, J Pietrzyk, A Rybi-Szumińska, A Wasilewska, A Firszt-Adamczyk, R Stankiewicz, M Szczepańska, B Bieniaś, M Zajączkowska, A Pukajło-Marczyk, D Zwolińska, K Siniewicz-Luzeńczyk, M Tkaczyk, K Gadomska-Prokop, R Grenda, U Demkow, M Pańczyk-Tomaszewska
IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common form of glomerulonephritis in pediatric population. The clinical presentation of the disease in children ranges from microscopic hematuria to end-stage kidney disease. The aim of the study was to retrospectively assess clinical and kidney biopsy features in children with IgAN. We assessed a cohort of 140 children, 88 boys, 52 girls with the diagnosis of IgAN in the period of 2000-2015, entered into the national Polish pediatric IgAN registry. The assessment included the following: proteinuria, hematuria, glomerular filtration rate (GFR), arterial blood pressure, and the renal pathological changes according to the Oxford classification and crescents formation, as modifiable and unmodifiable risk factors...
August 30, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Zhi-Ying Li, Tian-Tian Ma, Min Chen, Ming-Hui Zhao
BACKGROUND: Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) comprises microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and eosinophilic GPA (EGPA). Myeloperoxidase (MPO) and proteinase 3 (PR3) are the main antigens for ANCA. AAV is a common multisystem autoimmune disease and most of the studies on AAV have been conducted in Western countries. Nowadays in China many efforts are made to investigate this disease. SUMMARY: This review highlights the progress in the prevalence, management and outcomes of AAV in Chinese patients...
March 2016: Kidney Diseases
Talal Alfaadhel, Daniel Cattran
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic membranous nephropathy (IMN) is a common cause of nephrotic syndrome (NS) in adults in Western countries. In 2012, the KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes) working group published guidelines for the management of glomerulonephritis, thus providing a template for the treatment of this condition. While being aware of the impact of the clinicians' acumen and that patients may choose a different therapeutic option due to the risks of specific drugs and also of the evolving guidelines, this review details our approach to the management of patients with IMN in a Western center (Toronto)...
September 2015: Kidney Diseases
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
Theophilus I Umeizudike, Jacob O Awobusuyi, Christiana O Amira, Taslim B Bello, Monica O Mabayoje, Adebowale O Adekoya, Olufemi O Adelowo, Mumuni A Amisu
BACKGROUND: The burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Nigeria is quite alarming. The prevalence of CKD ranges from 11 - 23.5%. Hypertension and chronic glomerulonephritis (CGN) remain the two leading causes of CKD in Nigeria. The etiology of CKD in many of these patients remains unknown, as few biopsies are done. In order to demystify the various glomerular diseases that culminate in CGN, performing a kidney biopsy offers a ray of hope. Few studies on renal biopsies have emanated from Nigeria; this study, however, is unique as the histopathological analysis involves light, immunofluorescence, and electron microscopies...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Fatiu A Arogundade, Muzamil O Hassan, Bolanle A Omotoso, Stephen O Oguntola, Oluyomi O Okunola, Abubakr A Sanusi, Adewale Akinsola
Kidney diseases have assumed epidemic proportions in both developed and developing countries, particularly chronic kidney disease (CKD). While treatment modalities are available and accessible in developed economies with improvement in outcomes, survival, and quality of life, they are either unavailable or inaccessible in nations with emerging economies, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with an attendant worsening outcome and survival for CKD patients. The epidemiology of CKD in SSA has revealed that it preferentially affects adults in their economically productive years, usually below the age of 50 years, with consequent drain on the economy...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Mohd Ashraf, Virender Kumar, Rifat Ara Bano, Khursheed Ahmed Wani, Javed Ahmed, Kaisar Ahmed
INTRODUCTION: Definite paucity of data pertaining to spectrum of renal and urinary tract diseases in our state and in various parts of India forms the basis of this study. Available data has emphasized more on specific clinical syndromes and chronic renal diseases rather than over all spectrums of renal and urinary tract diseases, that too in adult population. AIM: The present study a retrospective analysis, forms one of the basic data of paediatric nephrology and urology related disorders in our state...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Supraja Yeturi, Mary Cronin, Adam Robin, Campbell Lorna, Ann K Rosenthal
Pauci-immune crescentic glomerulonephritis is commonly seen in ANCA-associated vasculitis but it is rarely seen during the course of other connective tissue diseases like lupus or Sjogren's syndrome or MCTD. We report 3 cases of pauci-immune crescentic glomerulonephritis in patients with connective tissue disease other than vasculitis. We reviewed literature and made summary of previously reported cases of this rare entity. Clinical and laboratory features of these patients varied widely, but most of patients have met criteria for lupus...
2016: Case Reports in Rheumatology
Tony Amin, P Toby Coates, Jeffrey Barbara, Paul Hakendorf, Nazmul Karim
Introduction. Postrenal transplant bone disease is a significant problem. Factors influencing postrenal transplant bone status include high dose acute and low dose long-term steroid use, persistent hypercalcaemia, and graft failure. In this study, we aimed to determine the prevalence of hypercalcaemia and to evaluate the risk factors for postrenal transplant hypercalcaemia in long-term renal transplant patients at our centre. Methods. This is a biochemical audit in which we studied renal transplant recipients from the Central Northern Adelaide Renal Transplant Services, South Australia...
2016: International Journal of Nephrology
Raimund H Pichler, Janna Huskey, Jolanta Kowalewska, Abdul Moiz, James Perkins, Connie L Davis, Nicolae Leca
BACKGROUND: Renal biopsy has been proposed to determine the cause or reversibility of renal failure for patients with end-stage liver disease and may be useful in the kidney allocation. Nevertheless, little data exist to validate the usefulness of kidney biopsies in this patient population. METHODS: We evaluated the utility of renal biopsies in a cohort of 59 consecutive liver transplant candidates with renal impairment of unclear etiology referred to determine the need for simultaneous liver kidney transplantation (SLK) versus liver alone transplantation (LAT)...
October 2016: Transplantation
Luxia Zhang, Li Zuo
INTRODUCTION: Understanding the status and trends of patients with ESKD is important to evaluate and predict its impact on the health care system in China. METHODS: Available publications and/or presentations from national and regional dialysis and transplantation registries were collected. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: A national report in 1999 revealed that the prevalence and incidence of dialysis in China were 33.2 per million population (pmp) and 15...
July 29, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Dileepa Senajith Ediriweera, Anuradhani Kasturiratne, Arunasalam Pathmeswaran, Nipul Kithsiri Gunawardena, Buddhika Asiri Wijayawickrama, Shaluka Francis Jayamanne, Geoffrey Kennedy Isbister, Andrew Dawson, Emanuele Giorgi, Peter John Diggle, David Griffith Lalloo, Hithanadura Janaka de Silva
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of robust epidemiological data on snakebite, and data available from hospitals and localized or time-limited surveys have major limitations. No study has investigated the incidence of snakebite across a whole country. We undertook a community-based national survey and model based geostatistics to determine incidence, envenoming, mortality and geographical pattern of snakebite in Sri Lanka. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The survey was designed to sample a population distributed equally among the nine provinces of the country...
July 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
John A Reynolds, Avi Z Rosenberg, Carolyne K Smith, Jamie C Sergeant, Gillian I Rice, Tracy A Briggs, Ian N Bruce, Mariana J Kaplan
Objective Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and impaired endothelial repair. Although vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased CVD risk in the general population, a causal relationship has not been demonstrated. We aimed to determine whether vitamin D deficiency directly modulates endothelial dysfunction and immune responses in a murine model of SLE. Methods Vitamin D deficiency was induced in lupus-prone MRL/lpr mice by dietary restriction for 6 weeks...
July 7, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Shahram Agah, Hossein Khedmat, Mohammad Ebrahim Ghamar-Chehred, Reza Hadi, Aghdas Aghaei
BACKGROUND: Gastric cancer (GC) is one of the most common Cancers in the world and Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection is considered a causative factor. The aim of this study was to determine the characteristics and the associated factors of (GC) in a small cohort. METHODS: Overall, 54 patients with diagnosed gastric cancer were followed-up at the Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences. 37 (68.5%) of them were positive for H pylori infection in histopathological evaluations...
2016: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
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