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Lydia Sauer, Sven Peters, Johanna Schmidt, Dietrich Schweitzer, Matthias Klemm, Lisa Ramm, Regine Augsten, Martin Hammer
PURPOSE: To investigate the impact of macular pigment (MP) on fundus autofluorescence (FAF) lifetimes in vivo by characterizing full-thickness idiopathic macular holes (MH) and macular pseudo-holes (MPH). METHODS: A total of 37 patients with MH and 52 with MPH were included. Using the fluorescence lifetime imaging ophthalmoscope (FLIO), based on a Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis system, a 30° retinal field was investigated. FAF decays were detected in a short (498-560 nm; ch1) and long (560-720 nm; ch2) wavelength channel...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Anders Breinbjerg, Charlotte Siggaard Rittig, Niels Gregersen, Søren Rittig, Jane Hvarregaard Christensen
AIM: Bartter syndrome is an autosomal recessive inherited disease in which patients present with hypokalaemia and metabolic alkalosis. We present two apparently non-related cases with antenatal Bartter syndrome type I, due to a novel variant in the SLC12A1 gene encoding the bumetanide-sensitive sodium-(potassium)-chloride cotransporter 2 in the thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle. METHODS: Blood samples were received from the two cases and 19 of their relatives and deoxyribonucleic acid was extracted...
October 17, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Robin Satanovskij, Alhaddad Bader, Matthias Block, Victor Herbst, Wolfgang Schlumberger, Tobias Haack, Wolfgang Andreas Nockher, Uwe Heemann, Lutz Renders, Christoph Schmaderer, Susanne Angermann, Ming Wen, Thomas Meitinger, Jürgen Scherberich, Dominik Steubl
BACKGROUND: Uromodulin-associated Autosomal Dominant Tubulointerstitial Kidney Disease (ADTKD-UMOD) belongs to a group of autosomal dominant inherited diseases caused by mutations in the UMOD gene, which codes for uromodulin, a protein exclusively expressed in renal tubular cells of the ascending limb of the loop of Henle. The diagnosis is hampered by non-specific clinical, laboratory and histological findings. In this study, we evaluated serum uromodulin as diagnostic marker for ADTKD-UMOD in a family with a novel mutation in UMOD...
October 10, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Anita T Layton, Volker Vallon, Aurélie Edwards
The goal of this study was to investigate water and solute transport, with a focus on sodium transport (T$_{\rm Na}$) and metabolism along individual nephron segments under differing physiological and pathophysiological conditions. To accomplish this goal, we developed a computational model of solute transport and oxygen consumption (Q$_{\rm O2}$) along different nephron populations of a rat kidney. The model represents detailed epithelial and paracellular transport processes along both the superficial and juxtamedullary nephrons, with the loop of Henle of each model nephron extending to differing depths of the inner medulla...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Chaopin Yang, Yuan Sun, Tingting Zhi, Takashi Iwaki, Florian B Reyda, Tingbao Yang
Acanthobothrium ningdense n. sp. and Acanthobothrium guanghaiense n. sp. are described from the spiral intestine of the whip stingray, Dasyatis akajei (Müller & Henle). Acanthobothrium ningdense n. sp. is reported based on 38 cestode specimens collected at five locations along the Chinese coast, i.e. Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, Ningde and Xiamen, Fujian Province, Taishan, Guangdong Province and Sanya, Hainan Province between 2012 and 2015. Acanthobothrium ningdense n. sp. belongs to the "species category 4" characterised by Ghoshroy & Caira...
September 20, 2016: Zootaxa
Yuliya Kurlishchuk, Bozhena Vynnytska-Myronovska, Philipp Grosse-Gehling, Yaroslav Bobak, Friederike Manig, Oleg Chen, Sebastian R Merker, Thomas Henle, Steffen Löck, Daniel E Stange, Oleh Stasyk, Leoni A Kunz-Schughart
The moderate anticancer effect of arginine deprivation in clinical trials has been linked to an induced argininosuccinate synthetase (ASS1) expression in initially ASS1-negative tumors, and ASS1-positive cancers are anticipated as non-responders. Our previous studies indicated that arginine deprivation and low doses of the natural arginine analog canavanine can enhance radioresponse. However, the efficacy of the proposed combination in the presence of extracellular citrulline, the substrate for arginine synthesis by ASS1, remains to be elucidated, in particular for malignant cells with positive and/or inducible ASS1 as in colorectal cancer (CRC)...
September 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Shinji Sasaki, Kiyotoshi Hasegawa, Tomoko Higashi, Yutaka Suzuki, Sumio Sugano, Yasuaki Yasuda, Yoshikazu Sugimoto
BACKGROUND: Hydrallantois is the excessive accumulation of fluid within the allantoic cavity in pregnant animals and is associated with fetal mortality. Although the incidence of hydrallantois is very low in artificial insemination breeding programs in cattle, recently 38 cows with the phenotypic appearance of hydrallantois were reported in a local subpopulation of Japanese Black cattle. Of these, 33 were traced back to the same sire; however, both their parents were reported healthy, suggesting that hydrallantois is a recessive inherited disorder...
2016: BMC Genomics
Genjiro Kimura
Primarily, the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors suppress the cotransport of glucose and sodium from the tubular lumen of the proximal tubules to the blood, and excrete glucose into the urine. Therefore, glucose and caloric balances become negative, reducing both the blood glucose level and insulin secretion. On the other hand, the proximal tubular fluid, constituted with low chloride concentration because of SGLT2 inhibition, is transferred to the loop of Henle. Under low chloride conditions, the reabsorption mechanisms in the loop of Henle do not work, similar to when loop diuretics are given...
September 7, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Michael Hellwig, Sophia Witte, Thomas Henle
The Maillard reaction is important for beer color and flavor, but little is known about the occurrence of individual glycated amino acids in beer. Therefore, seven Maillard reaction products (MRPs), namely, fructosyllysine, maltulosyllysine, pyrraline, formyline, maltosine, MG-H1, and argpyrimidine, were synthesized and quantitated in different types of beer (Pilsner, dark, bock, wheat, and nonalcoholic beers) by HPLC-ESI-MS/MS in the multiple reaction monitoring mode through application of the standard addition method...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Philippe Borsa, Kang-Ning Shen, Irma S Arlyza, Thierry B Hoareau
Previous investigations have uncovered divergent mitochondrial clades within the blue-spotted maskray, previously Neotrygon kuhlii (Müller and Henle). The hypothesis that the blue-spotted maskray may consist of a complex of multiple cryptic species has been proposed, and four species have been recently described or resurrected. To test the multiple cryptic species hypothesis, we investigated the phylogenetic relationships and coalescence patterns of mitochondrial sequences in a sample of 127 new individuals from the Indian Ocean and the Coral Triangle region, sequenced at both the CO1 and cytochrome b loci...
September 2016: Comptes Rendus Biologies
Miriam Zacchia, Maria Luisa Abategiovanni, Spiros Stratigis, Giovambattista Capasso
BACKGROUND: Potassium (K(+)) is the major intracellular cation, with 98% of the total pool being located in the cells at a concentration of 140-150 mmol/l, and only 2% in the extracellular fluid, where it ranges between 3.5 and 5 mmol/l. A fine regulation of the intracellular-extracellular gradient is crucial for life, as it is the main determinant of membrane voltage; in fact, acute changes of K(+) plasma levels may have fatal consequences. SUMMARY: An integrated system including an 'internal' and 'external' control prevents significant fluctuations of plasma levels in conditions of K(+) loading and depletion...
June 2016: Kidney Diseases
Daniel G Bichet
β3-Adrenoreceptors and their importance to increase sodium reabsorption in the thick ascending loop of Henle and to increase water reabsorption in principal cells of the collecting duct are, for the first time, described here. This is an integrated brain response to dehydration perceived by osmosensitive cells in the hypothalamus and triggering through vasopressin axonal and dendritic release a coordinated response implicating vasopressin V2 receptors and β3-adrenoreceptors on the luminal membrane of cortical collecting duct cells...
September 2016: Kidney International
Martin Globisch, Meike Deuber, Thomas Henle
The lipid peroxidation product acrolein was semiquantitated by GC-MS (EI) in unheated and heated peanut oil, respectively, representing a model system for peanut roasting. Depending on the heating time, acrolein levels significantly increased from 0.2 to 10.7 mg/kg oil. As a result of heating N(α)-acetyl-l-lysine and acrolein, the pyridinium derivative 2-acetamido-6-(3-methylpyridin-1-ium-1-yl)hexanoic acid (MP-acetyl lysine) was identified. In addition, the lysine derivative 2-amino-6-[5-(hydroxymethyl)-3,6-dihydro-2H-pyridin-1-yl]hexanoic acid was identified after reduction and hydrolysis...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Jennifer P Ngo, Connie P C Ow, Bruce S Gardiner, Saptarshi Kar, James Todd Pearson, David W Smith, Roger G Evans
Countercurrent systems have evolved in a variety of biological systems that allow transfer of heat, gases and solutes. For example, in the renal medulla, the countercurrent arrangement of vascular and tubular elements facilitates the trapping of urea and other solutes in the inner medulla, which in turn enables the formation of concentrated urine. Arteries and veins in the cortex are also arranged in a countercurrent fashion, as are descending and ascending vasa recta in the medulla. For countercurrent diffusion to occur, barriers to diffusion must be small...
August 3, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Maria Ardiaca, Mark D Bennett, Andres Montesinos, Carles Juan-Sallés, Mario Soriano-Navarro
Two cases of renal klossiellosis were diagnosed by histopathology in pet sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps). In both cases, parasites were associated with tubular dilation and mild interstitial nephritis. Rare schizonts were seen in the proximal convoluted renal tubular epithelium, whereas all other life cycle stages were found within distal convoluted tubule cells or the urinary space of the structures distal to the loop of Henle. Conventional optical and transmission electron microscopies were used to assess the life stages of the parasite...
June 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Luca Zazzeron, Davide Ottolina, Eleonora Scotti, Michele Ferrari, Paola Bruzzone, Silvio Sibilla, Cristina Marenghi, Luciano Gattinoni, Pietro Caironi
BACKGROUND: Although the loop-diuretic furosemide is widely employed in critically ill patients with known long-term effects on plasma electrolytes, accurate data describing its acute effects on renal electrolyte handling and the generation of plasma electrolyte alterations are lacking. We hypothesized that the long-term effects of furosemide on plasma electrolytes and acid-base depend on its immediate effects on electrolyte excretion rate and patient clinical baseline characteristics...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
Tengis S Pavlov, Vladislav Levchenko, Daria V Ilatovskaya, Carol Moreno, Alexander Staruschenko
OBJECTIVE: The Dahl salt-sensitive rat is a well-established model of salt-sensitive hypertension. The goal of this study was to assess the expression and activity of renal sodium channels and transporters in the renin-deficient salt-sensitive rat. METHODS: Renin knockout (Ren(-/-)) rats created on the salt-sensitive rat background were used to investigate the role of renin in the regulation of ion transport in salt-sensitive hypertension. Western blotting and patch-clamp analyses were utilized to assess the expression level and activity of Na(+) transporters...
July 2016: Journal of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System: JRAAS
Manoocher Soleimani, Sharon Barone, Jie Xu, Saeed Alshahrani, Marybeth Brooks, Francis X McCormack, Roger D Smith, Kamyar Zahedi
Contribution of salt wasting and volume depletion to the pathogenesis of hypercalciuria and hyperphosphaturia is poorly understood. Pendrin/NCC double KO (pendrin/NCC-dKO) mice display severe salt wasting under basal conditions and develop profound volume depletion, prerenal renal failure, and metabolic alkalosis and are growth retarded. Microscopic examination of the kidneys of pendrin/NCC-dKO mice revealed the presence of calcium phosphate deposits in the medullary collecting ducts, along with increased urinary calcium and phosphate excretion...
2016: PloS One
Haifeng Tang, Yuping Zhu, Nardos Teumelsan, Shawn P Walsh, Aurash Shahripour, Birgit T Priest, Andrew M Swensen, John P Felix, Richard M Brochu, Timothy Bailey, Brande Thomas-Fowlkes, Lee-Yuh Pai, Caryn Hampton, Aaron Corona, Melba Hernandez, Joseph Metzger, Michael Forrest, Xiaoyan Zhou, Karen Owens, Vincent Tong, Emma Parmee, Sophie Roy, Gregory J Kaczorowski, Lihu Yang, Magdalena Alonso-Galicia, Maria L Garcia, Alexander Pasternak
ROMK, the renal outer medullary potassium channel, is involved in potassium recycling at the thick ascending loop of Henle and potassium secretion at the cortical collecting duct in the kidney nephron. Because of this dual site of action, selective inhibitors of ROMK are expected to represent a new class of diuretics/natriuretics with superior efficacy and reduced urinary loss of potassium compared to standard-of-care loop and thiazide diuretics. Following our earlier work, this communication will detail subsequent medicinal chemistry endeavors to further improve lead selectivity against the hERG channel and preclinical pharmacokinetic properties...
July 14, 2016: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Caryn Hampton, Xiaoyan Zhou, Birgit T Priest, Lee-Yuh Pai, John P Felix, Brande Thomas-Fowlkes, Jessica Liu, Martin Kohler, Jianying Xiao, Aaron Corona, Olga Price, Charles Gill, Kashmira Shah, Cordelia Rasa, Vince Tong, Karen Owens, James Ormes, Haifeng Tang, Sophie Roy, Kathleen A Sullivan, Joseph M Metzger, Magdalena Alonso-Galicia, Gregory J Kaczorowski, Alexander Pasternak, Maria L Garcia
The renal outer medullary potassium (ROMK) channel, located at the apical surface of epithelial cells in the thick ascending loop of Henle and cortical collecting duct, contributes to salt reabsorption and potassium secretion, and represents a target for the development of new mechanism of action diuretics. This idea is supported by the phenotype of antenatal Bartter's syndrome type II associated with loss-of-function mutations in the human ROMK channel, as well as, by cardiovascular studies of heterozygous carriers of channel mutations associated with type II Bartter's syndrome...
October 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
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