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Mona Elhendawi, Jamie A Davies
Here, we present a detailed protocol on setting up embryonic renal organ cultures using a culture method that we have optimised for anatomical maturation and imaging. Our culture method places kidney rudiments on glass in a thin film of medium, which results in very flat cultures with all tubules in the same image plane. For reasons not yet understood, this technique results in improved renal maturation compared to traditional techniques. Typically, this protocol will result in an organ formed with distinct cortical and medullary regions as well as elongated, correctly positioned loops of Henle...
February 20, 2018: Bio-protocol
Kotoku Kawaguchi, Ryo Hatano, Mitsunobu Matsubara, Shinji Asano
Moesin is expressed in several types of cells including epithelial and endothelial cells. Several groups reported that moesin plays important roles in the regulation of the cellular motility, and the process of internalization of membrane proteins. However, the physiological roles of moesin in the kidney still remain unclear. Herein, we examined the physiological function of moesin in the kidney using moesin knockout (Msn-/y ) mice. There was no obvious abnormality in the renal morphology of Msn-/y mice. However, we found that Msn-/y mice exhibited mild hyperchloremia, and reduced glomerular filtration rate compared to wild type (WT) mice...
March 15, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Ahmed E Noreldin, Yaser Hosny Ali Elewa, Yasuhiro Kon, Katsuhiko Warita, Yoshinao Z Hosaka
Osteoblast activating peptide (OBAP) is a newly discovered peptide detected in the rat stomach, which has a major role in osteogenesis. Recently, we revealed its localization in the parietal cells of the rat stomach. There have been no data regarding OBAP expression in the kidney, despite its role in calcium reabsorption in renal tubules. The current study aimed to inspect the expression of OBAP in the kidney of twelve 10-week-old male C3H/HeNJc1 mice using immunohistochemistry, and immunoelectron microscopic localization...
March 10, 2018: Acta Histochemica
Ionut Negoi, Mircea Beuran, Sorin Hostiuc, Ruxandra Irina Negoi, Yosuke Inoue
The surgeon dissecting the base of the mesenterium, around the superior mesenteric vein (SMV) and artery, is facing a complex tridimensional vascular anatomy and should be aware of the anatomical variants in this area. The aim of this systematic review is to propose a standardized terminology of the superior mesenteric vessels, with impact in colon and pancreatic resections. We conducted a systematic search in PubMed/MEDLINE and Google Scholar databases up to March 2017. Forty-five studies, involving a total of 6090 specimens were included in the present meta-analysis...
March 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Miriam Zacchia, Giovanna Capolongo, Luca Rinaldi, Giovambattista Capasso
The thick ascending limb (TAL) of Henle's loop is a crucial segment for many tasks of the nephron. Indeed, the TAL is not only a mainstay for reabsorption of sodium (Na+ ), potassium (K+ ), and divalent cations such as calcium (Ca2+ ) and magnesium (Mg2+ ) from the luminal fluid, but also has an important role in urine concentration, overall acid-base homeostasis, and ammonia cycle. Transcellular Na+ transport along the TAL is a prerequisite for Na+ , K+ , Ca2+ , Mg2+ homeostasis, and water reabsorption, the latter through its contribution in the generation of the cortico-medullar osmotic gradient...
2018: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
Anushika Bose, Tobias Dürr, Reinhard A Klenke, Klaus Henle
Biodiversity-related impacts at wind energy facilities have increasingly become a cause of conservation concern, central issue being the collision of birds. Utilizing spatial information of their carcass detections at wind turbines (WTs), we quantified the detections in relation to the metric distances of the respective turbines to different land-use types. We used ecological niche factor analysis (ENFA) to identify combinations of land-use distances with respect to the spatial allocation of WTs that led to higher proportions of collisions among the worst affected bird-groups: Buntings, Crows, Larks, Pigeons and Raptors...
February 28, 2018: Scientific Reports
G Sakalauskienė, G Civinskienė, A Antuševas, P Civinskas
Edematous states caused by an excessesive extracellular fluid retention are major components of cardiovascular and renal disorders including chronic kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome, and heart failure. The use of diuretic drugs from various groups including loop duiretics are important means of pharmacological correction of these clinical conditions. Moreover, diuretics used to lower bood pressure as a part of antihypertensive treatment, reduce cardiovascular events. The response of patients to the dose of a diuretic is reflected by a sigmoid dose-response curve which can be affected by changes of sodium content in the body...
January 2018: Kardiologiia
Yasmine Neirijnck, Antoine Reginensi, Kirsten Y Renkema, Filippo Massa, Vladimir M Kozlov, Haroun Dhib, Ernie Mhf Bongers, Wout F Feitz, Albertien M van Eerde, Veronique Lefebvre, Nine Vam Knoers, Mansoureh Tabatabaei, Herbert Schulz, Helen McNeill, Franz Schaefer, Michael Wegner, Elisabeth Sock, Andreas Schedl
Congenital abnormalities of the kidney and the urinary tract (CAKUT) belong to the most common birth defects in human, but the molecular basis for the majority of CAKUT patients remains unknown. Here we show that the transcription factor SOX11 is a crucial regulator of kidney development. SOX11 is expressed in both mesenchymal and epithelial components of the early kidney anlagen. Deletion of Sox11 in mice causes an extension of the domain expressing Gdnf within rostral regions of the nephrogenic cord and results in duplex kidney formation...
February 16, 2018: Kidney International
Benjamin A Sherer, Ling Chen, Misun Kang, Alex R Shimotake, Scott V Wiener, Tom Chi, Marshall L Stoller, Sunita P Ho
The development of new modalities for kidney stone prevention rests upon understanding the progression of mineralization within the renal pyramid. The progression from small foci of mineralization within the renal pyramid to larger interstitial plaques that ultimately lead to the formation of clinically detectable calcium-based stones on calcium phosphate stems will be presented through correlative microscopy approach. High resolution X-ray computed tomography (micro-XCT), electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) compositional analyses of interstitial plaques, stems, and attached stones were performed...
February 8, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Martin Alain Mune Mune, Samuel René Minka, Thomas Henle
Protein isolate was hydrolysed by Alcalase, thermolysin and trypsin. BBPH produced by Alcalase showed highest angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory properties (IC50: 52 µg/mL). Hydrolysates produced by Alcalase and thermolysin exhibited similar dipeptidyl peptidase-IV (DPP-IV) inhibitory activity (IC50: 1.73 mg/mL), while low inhibitory activity was observed for hydrolysate produced by trypsin. BBPH also showed protective effect against oxidative stress with significant 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical scavenging and ferrous chelating activity...
June 1, 2018: Food Chemistry
Andrew Scott Terker, Maria Castaneda-Bueno, Mohammed Zubaerul Ferdaus, Ryan J Cornelius, Kayla J Erspamer, Xiao-Tong Su, Lauren N Miller, James A McCormick, Wen-Hui Wang, Gerardo Gamba, Chao-Ling Yang, David H Ellison
With no lysine kinase 4 (WNK4) is essential to activate the thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC) along the distal convoluted tubule, an effect central to the phenotype of familial hyperkalemic hypertension. Although effects on potassium and sodium channels along the connecting and collecting tubules have also been documented, WNK4 is typically believed to have little role in modulating sodium chloride reabsorption along the thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle. Yet wnk4-/- mice (knockout mice lacking WNK4) do not demonstrate the hypocalciuria typical of pure distal convoluted tubule dysfunction...
February 7, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Laureano D Asico, Cuevas Santiago, Xiaobo Ma, Pedro A Jose, Ines Armando, Prasad R Konkalmatt
AAV9 vector provides efficient gene transfer in all segments of the renal nephron, with minimum expression in non-renal cells, when administered retrogradely via the ureter. It is important to restrict the transgene expression to the desired cell type within the kidney, so that the physiological endpoints represent the function of the transgene expressed in that specific cell type within kidney. We hypothesized that segment-specific gene expression within the kidney can be accomplished using the highly efficient AAV9 vectors carrying the promoters of genes that are expressed exclusively in the desired segment of the nephron in combination with administration by retrograde infusion into the kidney via the ureter...
January 30, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Philipp Henle, Kathrin S Bieri, Janosch Haeberli, Nele Arnout, Jan Victor, Mirco Herbort, Clemens Koesters, Stefan Eggli
PURPOSE: Studies on dynamic intraligamentary stabilization (DIS) of acute anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures reported failure rates similar to those of conventional ACL reconstruction. This study aimed to determine whether surgeon experience with DIS is associated with revision rates or patient-reported outcomes. The hypothesis was that more experienced surgeons achieved better outcomes following DIS due to substantial learning curve. METHODS: The authors prospectively enrolled 110 consecutive patients that underwent DIS and evaluated them at a minimum of 2 years...
February 5, 2018: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Janosch Häberli, Laurenz Jaberg, Kathrin Bieri, Stefan Eggli, Philipp Henle
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to perform an in-depth analysis of the frequency and cause of secondary interventions subsequent to primary anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair with dynamic intraligamentary stabilization (DIS). METHODS: Between July 2009 and June 2014, 455 patients underwent DIS treatment. The minimum follow-up was 21months (mean 28months, range 21-64months). RESULTS: A total of 215 (48.2%) reinterventions were performed in 190 (42...
January 29, 2018: Knee
Tsai-Hung Wu, Ko-Jen Li, Chia-Li Yu, Chang-Youh Tsai
Tamm-Horsfall protein (THP), or uromodulin (UMOD), is an 80-90-kDa phosphatidylinositol-anchored glycoprotein produced exclusively by the renal tubular cells in the thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle. Physiologically, THP is implicated in renal countercurrent gradient formation, sodium homeostasis, blood pressure regulation, and a defense molecule against infections in the urinary system. Investigations have also revealed that THP is an effective binding ligand for serum albumin, immunoglobulin G light chains, complement components C1 and C1q, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, IL-8, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, and interferon-γ through its carbohydrate side chains for maintaining circulatory and renal immune homeostasis...
January 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yan Liu, Xiaojie Tan, Wenbin Liu, Xi Chen, Xiaomei Hou, Dan Shen, Yibo Ding, Jianhua Yin, Ling Wang, Hongwei Zhang, Yongwei Yu, Jianguo Hou, Timothy C Thompson, Guangwen Cao
BACKGROUND: We previously showed that the expression of follistatin-like protein 1 (FSTL1) was significantly down-regulated in metastatic clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). In this study, we aimed to characterize the role of FSTL1 in the development of ccRCC. METHODS: The effects of FSTL1 on cell activity and cell cycle were investigated in ccRCC cell lines with altered FSTL1 expression. Gene expression microarray assays were performed to identify the major signaling pathways affected by FSTL1 knockdown...
January 22, 2018: Chinese Journal of Cancer
Yan Liu, David Goldfarb, Tarek M El-Achkar, John C Lieske, Xue-Ru Wu
Expression of Tamm-Horsfall protein (THP or uromodulin) is highly restricted to the kidneys' thick ascending limb (TAL) of loop of Henle. Despite the unique location and recent association of THP gene mutations with hereditary uromodulin-associated kidney disease and THP single nucleotide polymorphisms with chronic kidney disease and hypertension, the physiological function(s) of THP and its pathological involvement remain incompletely understood. By studying age-dependent changes of THP knockout (KO) mice, we show here that young KO mice had significant salt and water wasting but were partially responsive to furosemide, due to decreased luminal translocation of Na-K-Cl cotransporter 2 (NKCC2) in the TAL...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Glenn Yiu, Zhe Wang, Christian Munevar, Eric Tieu, Bradley Shibata, Brittany Wong, David Cunefare, Sina Farsiu, Jeffrey Roberts, Sara M Thomasy
Nonhuman primates are important preclinical models of retinal diseases because they uniquely possess a macula similar to humans. Ocular imaging technologies such as spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) allow noninvasive, in vivo measurements of chorioretinal layers with near-histological resolution. However, the boundaries are based on differences in reflectivity, and detailed correlations with histological tissue layers have not been explored in rhesus macaques, which are widely used for biomedical research...
March 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Andreas Wartak, Marco Augustin, Richard Haindl, Florian Beer, Matthias Salas, Marie Laslandes, Bernhard Baumann, Michael Pircher, Christoph K Hitzenberger
We introduce multi-directional optical coherence tomography (OCT), a technique for investigation of the scattering properties of directionally reflective tissue samples. By combining the concepts of multi-channel and directional OCT, this approach enables simultaneous acquisition of multiple reflectivity depth-scans probing a mutual sample location from differing angular orientations. The application of multi-directional OCT in retinal imaging allows for in-depth investigations on the directional reflectivity of the retinal nerve fiber layer, Henle's fiber layer and the photoreceptor layer...
December 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
Steffen Syrbe, Heidrun Kuhrt, Ulrich Gärtner, Gunnar Habermann, Peter Wiedemann, Andreas Bringmann, Andreas Reichenbach
Previous studies on the ultrastructure of the primate foveola suggested the presence of an inverted cone-like structure which is formed by 25-35 specialized Müller cells overlying the area of high photoreceptor density. We investigated the ultrastructure of the Müller cells in the foveola of a human and macaque retina. Sections through the posterior poles of an eye of a 40 years-old human donor and an eye of an adult cynomolgus monkey (Macaca fascicularis) were investigated with transmission electron microscopy...
December 11, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
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