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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918487/clinical-risk-stratification-of-paediatric-renal-transplant-recipients-using-c1q-and-c3d-fixing-of-de-novo-donor-specific-antibodies
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Jon Jin Kim, Olivia Shaw, Chloe Martin, George Michaelides, Ramnath Balasubramaniam, Neil J Sebire, Nizam Mamode, Anthony Dorling, Robert Vaughan, Stephen D Marks
INTRODUCTION: We have previously shown that children who developed de novo donor-specific human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies (DSA) had greater decline in allograft function. We hypothesised that patients with complement-activating DSA would have poorer renal allograft outcomes. METHODS: A total of 75 children developed DSA in the original study. The first positive DSA sample was subsequently tested for C1q and C3d fixing. The primary event was defined as 50% reduction from baseline estimated glomerular filtration rate and was analysed using the Kaplan-Meier estimator...
September 16, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918471/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-versus-cardiopulmonary-bypass-during-lung-transplantation-a-meta-analysis
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Dimitrios E Magouliotis, Vasiliki S Tasiopoulou, Alexis A Svokos, Konstantina A Svokos, Dimitris Zacharoulis
BACKGROUND: We reviewed the available literature on patients undergoing lung transplantation supported by cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed in three databases, in accordance with the PRISMA guidelines. Meta-analyses were used to compare the outcomes of ECMO and CPB procedures. RESULTS: Seven observational studies met the inclusion criteria incorporating 785 patients...
September 16, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915690/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-reduced-calcineurin-inhibitor-dose-combined-with-mycophenolate-mofetil-in-liver-transplant-patients-with-chronic-renal-dysfunction
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Pusen Wang, Weitao Que, Hao Li, Lvnan Yan, Zhiren Fu, Qifa Ye, Guihua Chen, Kefeng Dou, Shichun Lu, Zhanyu Yang, Zhijun Zhu, Zhihai Peng, Lin Zhong
Calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) are frequently given at a reduced dose in combination with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) to avoid nephrotoxicity, but the optimal reduction in CNI dose has not been established. In this prospective, open-label, multicenter study, liver transplant recipients with chronic renal dysfunction who were administered a CNI-based immunosuppressive regimen were included in the intent-to-treat (ITT) population. The primary endpoint was declination in renal function, which was defined as a ≥ 20% decrease in the glomerular filtration rate during the year following regimen adjustment...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915665/the-ketogenic-diet-is-not-feasible-as-a-therapy-in-a-cd-1-nu-nu-mouse-model-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-with-features-of-stauffer-s-syndrome
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Silvia Vidali, Sepideh Aminzadeh-Gohari, René Günther Feichtinger, Renaud Vatrinet, Andreas Koller, Felix Locker, Tricia Rutherford, Maura O'Donnell, Andrea Stöger-Kleiber, Bridget Lambert, Thomas Klaus Felder, Wolfgang Sperl, Barbara Kofler
The ketogenic diet (KD), a high-fat low-carbohydrate diet, has shown some efficacy in the treatment of certain types of tumors such as brain tumors and neuroblastoma. These tumors are characterized by the Warburg effect. Because renal cell carcinoma (RCC) presents similar energetic features as neuroblastoma, KD might also be effective in the treatment of RCC. To test this, we established xenografts with RCC 786-O cells in CD-1 nu/nu mice and then randomized them to a control diet or to KDs with different triglyceride contents...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915230/albuminuria-and-endothelial-dysfunction-in-patients-with-non-diabetic-chronic-kidney-disease
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Meng-Jie Huang, Ri-Bao Wei, Jing Zhao, Ting-Yu Su, Qing-Ping Li, Xi Yang, Xiang-Mei Chen
BACKGROUND Albuminuria has been associated with cardiovascular events, but whether such an association can be explained by endothelial dysfunction is not fully understood. In this study, we examined the relationship between the urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR) and biomarkers of endothelial function in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). MATERIAL AND METHODS The cross-sectional associations of renal dysfunction and UACR with procoagulant and inflammatory factors were evaluated for 151 consecutive CKD (stage 3-5) patients...
September 15, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914777/the-usefulness-of-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-in-the-assessment-of-early-kidney-transplant-function-and-complications
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Sara Álvarez Rodríguez, Vital Hevia Palacios, Enrique Sanz Mayayo, Victoria Gómez Dos Santos, Víctor Díez Nicolás, María Dolores Sánchez Gallego, Javier Lorca Álvaro, Francisco Javier Burgos Revilla
OBJECTIVES: The routine diagnostic method for assessment of renal graft dysfunction is Doppler ultrasound. However, contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) may provide more information about parenchymal flow and vascular status of kidney allografts. The aim of the study was to assess the effectiveness of CEUS in the immediate post-transplant period, focusing on acute vascular complications. A brief review of available literature and a report of our initial experience is made. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 15 kidney transplant (KT) cases with clinical suspicion of acute surgical complication were assessed with CEUS and conventional Doppler ultrasound (US)...
September 15, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914546/defibrotide-an-oligonucleotide-for-sinusoidal-obstruction-syndrome
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May T Aziz, Payal P Kakadiya, Samantha M Kush, Kylie Weigel, Denise K Lowe
OBJECTIVE: To review the efficacy and safety of defibrotide as well as its pharmacology, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics (PK), drug-drug interactions, dosing, cost considerations, and place in therapy. DATA SOURCES: A PubMed search was performed through August 2017 using the terms defibrotide, oligonucleotide, hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD), sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS), and hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Other data sources were from references of identified studies, review articles, and conference abstracts plus manufacturer product labeling and website, the Food and Drug Administration website, and clinicaltrials...
September 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912780/inflammatory-markers-for-arterial-stiffness-in-cardiovascular-diseases
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REVIEW
Ioana Mozos, Clemens Malainer, Jarosław Horbańczuk, Cristina Gug, Dana Stoian, Constantin Tudor Luca, Atanas G Atanasov
Arterial stiffness predicts an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Inflammation plays a major role in large arteries stiffening, related to atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, endothelial dysfunction, smooth muscle cell migration, vascular calcification, increased activity of metalloproteinases, extracellular matrix degradation, oxidative stress, elastolysis, and degradation of collagen. The present paper reviews main mechanisms explaining the crosstalk between inflammation and arterial stiffness and the most common inflammatory markers associated with increased arterial stiffness, considering the most recent clinical and experimental studies...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912187/pediatric-cardiomyopathies
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Teresa M Lee, Daphne T Hsu, Paul Kantor, Jeffrey A Towbin, Stephanie M Ware, Steven D Colan, Wendy K Chung, John L Jefferies, Joseph W Rossano, Chesney D Castleberry, Linda J Addonizio, Ashwin K Lal, Jacqueline M Lamour, Erin M Miller, Philip T Thrush, Jason D Czachor, Hiedy Razoky, Ashley Hill, Steven E Lipshultz
Pediatric cardiomyopathies are rare diseases with an annual incidence of 1.1 to 1.5 per 100 000. Dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathies are the most common; restrictive, noncompaction, and mixed cardiomyopathies occur infrequently; and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy is rare. Pediatric cardiomyopathies can result from coronary artery abnormalities, tachyarrhythmias, exposure to infection or toxins, or secondary to other underlying disorders. Increasingly, the importance of genetic mutations in the pathogenesis of isolated or syndromic pediatric cardiomyopathies is becoming apparent...
September 15, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911947/albumin-prevents-infections-in-patients-with-chronic-liver-failure-in-a-single-arm-feasibility-trial
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Louise China, Simon S Skene, Zainib Shabir, Alexander Maini, Yvonne Sylvestre, Kate Bennett, Scott Bevan, James O'Beirne, Ewan Forrest, Jim Portal, Steve Ryder, Gavin Wright, Derek W Gilroy, Alastair O'Brien
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Infections are life threatening to patients with acute decompensation and acute-on-chronic liver failure (AD/ACLF). Patients with AD/ACLF have prostaglandin E2-mediated immune suppression, which can be reversed by administration of albumin; infusion of 20% human albumin solution (HAS) might improve outcomes of infections. We performed a feasibility study to determine optimal trial design, assess safety, and validate laboratory assessments of immune function to inform design of a phase 3 trial...
September 11, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910791/inflammation-and-protein-energy-wasting-in-the-uremic-milieu
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Magdalena Jankowska, Gabriela Cobo, Bengt Lindholm, Peter Stenvinkel
Inflammation is normally a protective and physiological response to harmful stimuli, but typically becomes an uncontrolled, maladaptive, and persistent process in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Through a deleterious cascade of poorly controlled reactions mediated by biologically active molecules (also called middle molecular weight uremia retention solutes), inflammation associates with a range of complications including cardiovascular disease and protein-energy wasting (PEW). Persistent inflammation, which is central to the conceptual etiological models of PEW and the malnutrition, inflammation, and atherosclerosis syndrome, induces and reignites processes leading to PEW in a number of ways including stimulation of both direct and indirect mechanisms of muscle proteolysis...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910790/the-cardiovascular-burden-in-end-stage-renal-disease
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Mario Cozzolino, Andrea Galassi, Francesca Pivari, Paola Ciceri, Ferruccio Conte
It is well documented that chronic kidney disease patients have an extremely high risk of developing cardiovascular (CV) disease (CVD) compared to the general population. Declining renal function itself represents a continuum of CV risk, and in those individuals who survive to reach end-stage renal disease, the risk of suffering a cardiac event is uncomfortably and unacceptably high. Several pathophysiological pathways have been suggested to account for this, including endothelial dysfunction, dyslipidemia, inflammation, left ventricular hypertrophy, troponins, phosphate, vitamin D, fibroblast growth factor-23, and NT-proBNP...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904453/hospital-based-retrospective-study-of-cryptococcal-meningitis-in-a-large-cohort-from-india
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Karkal Ravishankar Naik, Aralikatte Onkarappa Saroja, Darshan Kiran Doshi
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcal meningitis is an important and a fatal neuroinfection. Early diagnosis and treatment is of utmost importance in reducing morbidity and mortality. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of patients with laboratory-confirmed cryptococcal meningitis seen in tertiary care hospital were reviewed. Details of demographic profile, clinical data, laboratory parameters, complications, and in-hospital mortality were studied. RESULTS: Among 97 patients with cryptococcal meningitis (79 men, 18 women), 88 were HIV-positive, two were diabetic, and seven were sporadic...
July 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904437/cryptococcal-infection-in-transplant-kidney-manifesting-as-chronic-allograft-dysfunction
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C Agrawal, V Sood, A Kumar, V Raghavan
Invasive fungal infections (IFIs) are a significant cause of morbidity in solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients. Common causes among them are Aspergillus, Candida, and Cryptococcus. Antifungal prophylaxis has led to decrease in overall incidence of IFI; however, there is very little decline in the incidence of Cryptococcal infections of SOT recipients because effective prophylaxis is not available against this infectious agent. Spectrum of manifestation of Cryptococcal infection varies in immunocompetent and immunocompromised host with subclinical and self-limiting with lungs being the primary site in immunocompetent and central nervous system as the most common site in an immunocompromised host...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904428/collapsing-glomerulopathy-a-troublemaker-for-the-renal-allograft-lessons-learnt
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K V Kanodia, A V Vanikar, L K Nigam, R D Patel, K S Suthar, H V Patel, H L Trivedi
Collapsing glomerulopathy (CG) is a well-recognized distinct morphological pattern of proliferative parenchymal injury leading to rapid graft failure. We conducted a single-center retrospective study to evaluate the prevalence, clinicopathological features, and prognosis of CG in renal transplant recepient. We analyzed 2518 renal allograft biopsies performed from 2007 to 2015 and correlated their clinicopathological features. The prevalence of CG was 0.83% (21 out of 2518) of allograft biopsies with a higher prevalence of 1...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904002/assessing-microvascular-function-in-humans-from-a-chronic-disease-perspective
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Alfons J H M Houben, Remy J H Martens, Coen D A Stehouwer
Microvascular dysfunction (MVD) is considered a crucial pathway in the development and progression of cardiometabolic and renal disease and is associated with increased cardiovascular mortality. MVD often coexists with or even precedes macrovascular disease, possibly due to shared mechanisms of vascular damage, such as inflammatory processes and oxidative stress. One of the first events in MVD is endothelial dysfunction. With the use of different physiologic or pharmacologic stimuli, endothelium-dependent (micro)vascular reactivity can be studied...
September 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903379/extracorporeal-shock-wave-treatment-attenuated-left-ventricular-dysfunction-and-remodeling-in-mini-pig-with-cardiorenal-syndrome
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Jiunn-Jye Sheu, Hani E E Ali, Ben-Chung Cheng, Hsin-Ju Chiang, Pei-Hsun Sung, Kuan-Hung Chen, Chih-Chao Yang, Yen-Ta Chen, John Y Chiang, Pao-Yuan Lin, Sarah Chua, Han-Tan Chai, Sheng-Ying Chung, Cheuk-Kwan Sun, Hon-Kan Yip
This study tested the hypothesis that extracorporeal shock wave (ECSW) treatment can improve ischemia-induced left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in mini-pig with co-existing chronic kidney disease (CKD). LV ischemia in mini-pigs was induced by applying an ameroid constrictor over mid-left anterior descending artery (LAD), while model of CKD was established by right nephrectomy with partial ligation of left renal arterioles 2 weeks before LAD constriction. Thirty mini-pigs were randomly divided into group 1 (sham-control), group 2 (LV-ischemia), group 3 (LV-ischemia + CKD), Group 4 [LV-ischemia + ECSW (applied 1200 shots at 0...
August 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901791/determinants-of-1-year-survival-in-critically-ill-acute-leukemia-patients-a-grrr-oh-study
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Márcio Tavares, Virginie Lemiale, Djamel Mokart, Frédéric Pène, Etienne Lengliné, Achille Kouatchet, Julien Mayaux, François Vincent, Martine Nyunga, Fabrice Bruneel, Antoine Rabbat, Christine Lebert, Pierre Perez, Anne-Pascale Meert, Dominique Benoit, Michael Darmon, Elie Azoulay
Acute leukemia (AL) is the most common hematological malignancy requiring intensive care unit (ICU) management. Data on long-term survival are limited. This is a post hoc analysis of the prospective multicenter data from France and Belgium: A Groupe de Recherche Respiratoire en Réanimation Onco-Hématologique [A Research Group on Acute Respiratory Failure in Onco-Hematological Patients (French)] Study, to identify determinants of 1-year survival in critically ill AL patients. A total of 278 patients were admitted in the 17 participating ICUs...
September 13, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901643/renal-function-monitoring-in-heart-failure-what-is-the-optimal-frequency-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
A Al-Naher, D J Wright, M A J Devonald, M Pirmohamed
The second most common cause of hospitalisation due to adverse drug reactions in the UK is renal dysfunction due to diuretics, particularly in patients with heart failure, where diuretic therapy is a mainstay of treatment regimens. Therefore the optimal frequency for monitoring renal function in these patients is an important consideration for preventing renal failure and hospitalisation. This review looks at the current evidence for optimal monitoring practices of renal function in patients with heart failure according to national and international guidelines on the management of heart failure (AHA/NICE/ESC/SIGN)...
September 13, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901264/inhibition-of-proliferation-and-induction-of-apoptosis-by-thymoquinone-via-modulation-of-tgf-family-p53-p21-and-bcl-2%C3%AE-in-leukemic-cells
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Mona Diab Assaf, Josiane Semaan, Marwan El-Sabban, Soad K Al-Jaouni, Rania Azar, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Steve Harakeh
The rationale of the current study was to investigate whether the inverse association between vitamin D deficiency and parathyroid hormone levels is age-dependent and whether it has any role in modulating renal function and insulin resistance. To test this hypothesis, we have carried out a hospital based study enrolling 848 subjects (558 men and 290 women) with the mean age of 50.9±15.9 y. Vitamin D deficiency was predominant irrespective of age group (p=0.21) and gender (p=0.12). An inverse association between vitamin D and PTH was observed (r= -0...
September 12, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
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