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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643849/prevalence-of-exposure-of-heavy-metals-and-their-impact-on-health-consequences
#1
Kanwal Rehman, Fiza Fatima, Iqra Waheed, Muhammad Sajid Hamid Akash
Even in the current era of growing technology, the concentration of heavy metals present in drinking water is still not within the recommended limits as set by the regulatory authorities in different countries of the world. Drinking water contaminated with heavy metals namely; arsenic, cadmium, nickel, chromium, mercury, chromium, zinc and lead is becoming a major health concern for public and health care professionals. Occupational exposure to heavy metals is known to occur by the utilization of these metals in various industrial processes and/or contents including color pigments and alloys...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640982/mechanisms-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-mediated-vasoconstriction-of-rat-afferent-arterioles
#2
Zhengrong Guan, Fuchenchu Wang, Xiangqin Cui, Edward W Inscho
AIM: Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) influences resistance vessel function and is implicated in renal pathological processes. Previous studies revealed that S1P evoked potent vasoconstriction of the preglomerular microvasculature, but the underlying mechanisms remain incompletely defined. We postulated that S1P-mediated preglomerular microvascular vasoconstriction involves activation of voltage-dependent L-type calcium channels (L-VDCC) and the rho/rho kinase pathway. METHODS: Afferent arteriolar reactivity was assessed in vitro using the blood-perfused rat juxtamedullary nephron preparation and diameter was measured during exposure to physiological and pharmacological agents...
June 22, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640960/ferulic-acid-alleviates-symptoms-of-preeclampsia-in-rats-by-upregulating-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor
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Weiyan Gong, Jipeng Wan, Qing Yuan, Quanzhan Man, Xiaojing Zhang
Preeclampsia is a complication affecting pregnant women worldwide, which leads to maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of ferulic acid (FA) on an N(ω) -nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride (L-NAME) induced rat model of preeclampsia. L-NAME was administered to pregnant rats to induce preeclampsia. 48 rats were divided into three experimental groups (n=16 each): control group, preeclampsia group and preeclampsia with FA treatment (preeclampsia+FA). Physiological characteristics such as urine volume, total urine protein and blood pressure were assessed...
June 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640529/effect-of-everolimus-versus-calcineurin-inhibitors-on-quality-of-life-in-heart-transplant-recipients-during-a-3-year-follow-up-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-schedule
#4
A Relbo Authen, I Grov, K Karason, F Gustafsson, H Eiskjaer, G Rådegran, E Gude, K Jansson, G Dellgren, D Solbu, S Arora, A K Andreassen, L Gullestad
The SCHEDULE trial was a 12-month, randomized, open-label, parallel-group trial that compared everolimus (EVR; n=56) to conventional CsA (n=59) immunosuppression. Previously, we reported that EVR outperformed CsA in improving renal function and coronary artery vasculopathy, despite a higher rejection rate with EVR. The present study aimed to compare the effects of these treatments on quality of life (QoL). Within 5 postoperative days, patients (mean age 50±13 years, 27% women) were randomized to EVR or a standard CsA dosage (CsA group)...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640458/long-term-graft-survival-in-patients-with-chronic-antibody-mediated-rejection-with-persistent-peritubular-capillaritis-treated-with-intravenous-immunoglobulin-and-rituximab
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William R Mulley, Louis L Huang, Sharmila Ramessur Chandran, Anthony Longano, Liv A R Amos, Kevan R Polkinghorne, David J Nikolic-Paterson, John Kanellis
Chronic antibody mediated rejection (cAMR) is the major cause of premature renal allograft loss and is resistant to therapy with 12-month graft failure of up to 50% reported. We examined the duration of graft survival and associates of graft failure in patients with donor specific antibody positive cAMR and treatment-resistant peritubular capillaritis between June 2007 and October 2010. Those with advanced interstitial fibrosis (n=5) were excluded. Included patients (n=24) received treatment with high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin and fixed-dose rituximab (500mg)...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639740/declining-rates-of-hip-fracture-in-end-stage-renal-disease-analysis-from-the-2003-2011-nationwide-inpatient-sample
#6
Sun Moon Kim, Sai Liu, Jin Long, Maria E Montez-Rath, Mary B Leonard, Glenn M Chertow
The incidence of hip fracture in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is considerably higher than that in the general age- and sex-matched population. Although medical therapy for chronic kidney disease mineral bone disorder (CKD-MBD) has changed considerably over the last decade, rates of hip fracture in the entire ESRD population have not been well-characterized. Herein, we evaluated temporal trends in rates of hip fracture, in-hospital mortality, and costs of associated hospital stay in ESRD. We identified hospitalizations for hip fracture from 2003 to 2011 using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a representative national database inclusive of all ages and payers...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639257/large-scale-genome-wide-screening-of-circulating-micrornas-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-reveals-specific-signatures-in-late-stage-disease
#7
Estelle Chanudet, Magdalena B Wozniak, Liacine Bouaoun, Graham Byrnes, Anush Mukeriya, David Zaridze, Paul Brennan, David C Muller, Ghislaine Scelo
Circulating miRNAs have shown great promises as non-invasive diagnostic and predictive biomarkers in several solid tumors. While the miRNA profiles of renal tumors have been extensively explored, knowledge of their circulating counterparts is limited. Our study aimed to provide a large-scale genome-wide profiling of plasma circulating miRNA in clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). Plasma samples from 94 ccRCC cases and 100 controls were screened for 754 circulating micro-RNAs (miRNA) by TaqMan arrays. Analyses including known risk factors for renal cancer, namely age, sex, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption, highlighted that circulating miRNA profiles were tightly correlated with the stage of the disease...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637093/intra-abdominal-cooling-system-limits-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-during-robot-assisted-renal-transplantation
#8
Raphael P H Meier, Vincent Piller, Monika E Hagen, Charles Joliat, Jean-Bernard Buchs, Antonio Nastasi, Raphael Ruttimann, Nicolas C Buchs, Solange Moll, Jean-Paul Vallée, François Lazeyras, Philippe Morel, Leo Bühler
Robot-assisted kidney transplantation is feasible; however, concerns have been raised about possible increases in warm ischemia times. We describe a novel intra-abdominal cooling system to continuously cool the kidney during the procedure. Porcine kidneys were procured by standard open technique. Groups were as follow: Robotic renal transplantation with (n=11) and without (n=6) continuous intra-abdominal cooling and conventional open technique with intermittent 4°C saline cooling (n=6). Renal cortex temperature, magnetic resonance imaging and histology were analyzed...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636760/successful-management-of-refractory-diabetic-gastroparesis-with-long-term-aprepitant-treatment
#9
N Fountoulakis, J Dunn, S Thomas, J Karalliedde
BACKGROUND: People with gastroparesis who develop treatment-resistant (refractory) disease pose a difficult challenge, especially in the setting of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or post pancreas transplant. Aprepitant (a neurokinin-receptor antagonist) is licensed for the short-term treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea. There is lack of information on its long-term efficacy and safety in people with diabetic gastroparesis. CASE REPORT: Case 1 was 73-year-old man with Type 2 diabetes of 25 years' duration and ESRD requiring dialysis...
June 21, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636749/annual-direct-medical-costs-associated-with-diabetes-related-complications-in-the-event-year-and-in-subsequent-years-in-hong-kong
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F Jiao, C K H Wong, S C W Tang, C S C Fung, K C B Tan, S McGhee, R Gangwani, C L K Lam
AIM: To develop models to estimate the direct medical costs associated with diabetes-related complicationsin the event year and in subsequent years. METHODS: The public direct medical costs associated with 13 diabetes-related complications were estimated among a cohort of 128 353 people with diabetes over 5 years. Private direct medical costs were estimated from a cross-sectional survey among 1825 people with diabetes. We used panel data regression with fixed effects to investigate the impact of each complication on direct medical costs in the event year and subsequent years, adjusting for age and co-existing complications...
June 21, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632935/impact-of-preoperative-calculation-of-nephron-volume-loss-on-future-of-partial-nephrectomy-techniques-planning-a-strategic-roadmap-for-improving-functional-preservation-and-securing-oncological-safety
#11
Koon Ho Rha, Ali Abdel Raheem, Sung Yul Park, Kwang Hyun Kim, Hyung Joon Kim, Kyo Chul Koo, Young Deuk Choi, Byung Ha Jung, Sang Kon Lee, Won Ki Lee, Jayram Krishnan, Tae Young Shin, Jin-Seon Cho
OBJECTIVES: To assess the correlation of resected and ischaemised volume (RAIV), which is preoperatively calculated volume of nephron loss (VNL), with the amount of postoperative renal function (PRF) decline after minimally invasive partial nephrectomy (PN) in a multi-institutional dataset. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We identified 348 patients from March 2005 to December 2013 at six institutions. Data on all cases of laparoscopic (n = 85) and robotic PN (n = 263) performed were retrospectively gathered...
June 20, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627733/response-of-renal-tubular-cells-to-differential-types-and-doses-of-calcium-oxalate-crystals-integrative-proteome-network-analysis-and-functional-investigations
#12
Arada Vinaiphat, Siripat Aluksanasuwan, Juthatip Manissorn, Suchitra Sutthimethakorn, Visith Thongboonkerd
We have previously identified changes in the cellular proteome of renal tubular cells induced by low-dose (100 μg/ml) and high-dose (1,000 μg/ml) calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) and dihydrate (COD) crystals. However, the functional significance of such expression data remained unclear. In this study, we performed comparative analyses and functional investigations of four proteomic datasets to define potential mechanisms by which renal tubular cells responded to differential crystal types and doses. The data showed that high-dose induced greater changes than low-dose, whereas COM induced more changes than COD...
June 19, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627094/-spectrum-of-hepatitis-b-and-renal-involvement
#13
Apurva S Shah, Deepak N Amarapurkar
Renal involvement in hepatitis B occurs in various spectrums and its knowledge is important for clinicians in management of patients. The renal diseases most commonly associated with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection include membranous nephropathy, membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, and Polyarteritis nodosa. The widespread use of hepatitis B vaccination has decreased the incidence of HBV-related renal diseases. The incidence of HBV infection in dialysis patients has significantly decreased over the past few decades due to screening of blood products for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and hepatitis B core antibody, implementation of infection control measures and hepatitis B vaccination...
June 19, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622013/acetazolamide-usage-in-severe-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-pros-and-cons
#14
Rosemary Adamson, Erik R Swenson
Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase (CA) inhibitor sometimes used as a respiratory stimulant for patients with COPD with the goal of improving oxygenation, reducing carbon dioxide retention and aiding liberation from mechanical ventilation and/or attempting to correct a metabolic alkalosis. However, the net effect of CA inhibition is multifactorial and complex since CA is inhibited in many tissues that may negatively affect the patient with lung disease. The full impact of acetazolamide and other CA inhibitors depends critically on dosing, age, and pulmonary, renal, hepatic, hematological, and respiratory muscle function and reserves...
June 16, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621442/dendritic-cell-based-immunotherapy-evokes-potent-anti-tumor-immune-responses-in-cd105-human-renal-cancer-stem-cells
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Xiao-Fei Zhang, De-Sheng Weng, Ke Pan, Zi-Qi Zhou, Qiu-Zhong Pan, Jing-Jing Zhao, Yan Tang, Shan-Shan Jiang, Chang-Long Chen, Yong-Qiang Li, Hong-Xia Zhang, Alfred E Chang, Max S Wicha, Yi-Xin Zeng, Qiao Li, Jian-Chuan Xia
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are responsible for tumor initiation, progression, and resistance to therapeutic agents; they are usually less sensitive to conventional cancer therapies, and could cause tumor relapse. An ideal therapeutic strategy would therefore be to selectively target and destroy CSCs, thereby preventing tumor relapse. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of dendritic cells (DCs) pulsed with antigen derived from CD105+ human renal cell carcinoma(RCC) CSCs against renal cancer cells in vitro and in vivo...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617974/high-expression-of-heat-shock-proteins-and-heat-shock-factor-1-distinguishes-an-aggressive-subset-of-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
#16
Pao-Shu Wu, Yen-Hwa Chang, Chin-Chen Pan
AIMS: Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are a group of molecules induced by a variety of environmental and pathophysiologic stresses, including cancer. HSPs are implicated in the regulation of apoptosis and immunity in neoplasm. Transcription factor heat shock factor1 (HSF1) acts as the master regulator to control HSP expression, and therefore is involved in tumorigenesis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the expression and clinicopathologic relevance of HSPs and HSF1 in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC)...
June 15, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616731/renal-nerve-stimulation-for-treatment-of-neurocardiogenic-syncope-a-review-from-perspective-of-commercialization-potential
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B O'Brien, H Zafar, F Sharif
A strong evidence of outcomes for vasovagal syncope is not easily identified. It would seem reasonable that the proposed Mayo Clinic technology would be reserved for cases with severe recurrent or refractory syncope. However, recurrence levels are relatively low, and while some predictive methods have been proposed, recurrence is also influenced by the interaction that occurs during screening and examinations, i.e. recurrence diminishes once an initial diagnosis has been made. Finally, a key factor in being able to identify suitable patients relates to understanding the relative significance of the vasodepression and cardioinhibitory components-the therapy is best suited to patients that have a significant level of both components...
June 14, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613436/the-incremental-cost-of-incompatible-living-donor-kidney-transplant-a-national-cohort-analysis
#18
David Axelrod, Krista L Lentine, Mark A Schnitzler, Xun Luo, Huiling Xiao, Babak J Orandi, Allan Massie, Jacqueline Garonzik-Wang, Mark D Stegall, Stanley C Jordan, Jose Oberholzer, Ty B Dunn, Lloyd E Ratner, Sandip Kapur, Ronald P Pelletier, John P Roberts, Marc L Melcher, Pooja Singh, Debra L Sudan, Marc P Posner, Jose M El-Amm, Ron Shapiro, Matthew Cooper, George S Lipkowitz, Michael A Rees, Christopher L Marsh, Bashir R Sankari, David A Gerber, Paul W Nelson, Jason Wellen, Adel Bozorgzadeh, A Osama Gaber, Robert A Montgomery, Dorry L Segev
Incompatible living donor kidney transplant (ILDKT) has been established as an effective option for end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients with willing but HLA incompatible live donors, reducing mortality and improving quality of life. Depending upon antibody titer, ILDKT can require highly resource intensive procedure including intravenous immunoglobulin, plasma exchange and/or cell depleting antibody treatment as well as protocol biopsies and DSA testing. This study sought to compare the cost and Medicare reimbursement, exclusive of organ acquisition payment, for ILDKT recipients (N=926) with varying antibody titers to matched compatible transplants (N=2762) performed between 2002-2011...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613412/myoendothelial-coupling-through-cx40-contributes-to-edh-induced-vasodilation-in-murine-renal-arteries-evidence-from-experiments-and-modelling
#19
Jens Christian Brasen, Cor de Wit, Charlotte Mehlin Sorensen
Regulation of renal vascular resistance plays a major role in controlling arterial blood pressure. The endothelium participates in this regulation as endothelial derived hyperpolarization plays a significant role in smaller renal arteries and arterioles but the exact mechanisms are still unknown AIM: to investigate the role of vascular gap junctions and potassium channels in the renal endothelial derived hyperpolarization. METHODS: in interlobar arteries from wild-type and connexin40 knock-out mice we assessed the role of calcium activated small (SK) and intermediate (IK) conductance potassium channels...
June 14, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613403/opposite-actions-of-urotensin-ii-and-relaxin-2-on-cellular-expression-of-fibronectin-in-renal-fibrosis-a-preliminary-experimental-study
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Valeria Cernaro, Maria Antonietta Medici, Federica Bianco, Domenico Santoro, Antonio Lacquaniti, Adolfo Romeo, Silvia Lucisano, Antoine Buemi, Michele Buemi
Our aim was to evaluate the role of urotensin II, urantide (urotensin II receptor antagonist) and relaxin-2 on the cellular expression of fibronectin as a surrogate marker for renal fibrosis. We employed LLC-PK1 renal tubular epithelial cells and assessed the influence on the fibrotic process of the above-mentioned substances by using anti-fibronectin antibodies in western blot analysis. The addition of urotensin II increased fibronectin expression. Urantide reduced the positivity for fibronectin caused by urotensin II (P<0...
June 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
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