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Kate Smith, Zhenyu Li, Bohan Chen, Honggang Liang, Xinyi Zhang, Ruifei Xu, Zhilin Li, Huanfang Dai, Caijie Wei, Shuming Liu
Contamination of groundwater wells by arsenic is a major problem in China. This study compared arsenic removal efficiency of five sand-based point-of-use filters with the aim of selecting the most effective filter for use in a village in Shanxi province, where the main groundwater source had arsenic concentration >200 μg/L. A biosand filter, two arsenic biosand filters, a SONO-style filter and a version of the biosand filter with nails embedded in the sand were tested. The biosand filter with embedded nails was the most consistent and effective under the study conditions, likely due to increased contact time between water and nails and sustained corrosion...
October 22, 2016: Chemosphere
Maria Kalafateli, Fred Wickham, Maria Burniston, Evangelos Cholongitas, Eleni Theocharidou, Matteo Garcovich, James O'Beirne, Rachel Westbrook, Gioacchino Leandro, Andrew K Burroughs, Emmanuel A Tsochatzis
: Current expressions based on serum creatinine concentration overestimate kidney function in cirrhosis leading to significant differences between "true" and calculated glomerular filtration rate (GFR). We compared the performance of MDRD-4, MDRD-6 and CKD-EPI with "true" GFR and the impact of this difference on MELD calculation. We subsequently developed and validated a GFR equation specifically for cirrhosis and compared the performance of the new derived formula with existing GFR formulas...
October 25, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Lin Yan, Yi Li, Jiang-Tao Tang, Yun-Fei An, Li-Mei Luo, Bo Dai, Yun-Ying Shi, Lan-Lan Wang
OBJECTIVE: A genome-wide association study has identified several gene polymorphisms associated with loss of renal function. The effect of these variants on renal function in kidney transplant recipients receiving immunosuppressive treatment is unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of 189 kidney transplant recipients and their living donors were recruited from West China Hospital of Sichuan University, on whom we assessed the association of five single nucleotide polymorphisms with renal function after kidney transplantation...
October 24, 2016: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
Nicolas Roberto Robles, Carlos Calvo, Javier Sobrino, Eugenia Espinel, Rafael Esteban, Lourdes Mateos, Juan F Macias
OBJECTIVE: The RED LEVEL study (REnal Disease: LErcanidipine Valuable Effect on urine protein Losses) directly compares, in an explorative fashion, the effects of lercanidipine + enalapril and amlodipine + enalapril combinations on renal parameters in hypertensive subjects. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a 1 year, prospective, multi-center, randomized, open-label, blinded-endpoint (PROBE) study in hypertensive patients with albuminuria. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Renal function (albuminuria, serum creatinine, creatinine clearance, estimated glomerular filtration rate and proteinuria); blood pressure...
October 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Xiongjing Jiang, Meng Peng, Bin Li, Hui Dong, Wuqiang Che, Yubao Zou, Yuejin Yang, Runlin Gao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of renal artery stent combined with optimal medical therapy as treatment for renal artery stenosis. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted. Patients with severe atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis received percutaneous renal artery stent because of poorly controlled hypertension or preservation of renal function. The patients also received optimal medical therapy to achieve the blood pressure, lipid and blood glucose targets...
October 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Shun-Jin Hu, Bing Shu, Hua Jin, Xiao-Feng Li, Jia-Rong Mao, Ke-Jun Ren, Lei Gao, Li Yang, You-Wan Wu, Yong-Jun Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the renal protective effect of Tangshenkang Granule () in a rat model of diabetic nephropathy (DN). METHODS: Forty male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into control, DN, Tangshenkang and benazepril groups. DN model was established in the rats of DN, Tangshenkang and benazepril groups. Tangshenkang Granule solution and benazepril hydrochloride solution were intragastrically administered daily to the rats in the Tangshenkang and benazepril groups for 8 weeks, respectively...
October 24, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Mariam S Aboian, Jay F Yu, Ayushi Gautam, Chia-Hung Sze, Jeffrey K Yang, Jonathan Chan, Prasheel V Lillaney, Caroline D Jordan, Hee-Jeung Oh, David M Wilson, Anand S Patel, Mark W Wilson, Steven W Hetts
To report a novel method using immobilized DNA within mesh to sequester drugs that have intrinsic DNA binding characteristics directly from flowing blood. DNA binding experiments were carried out in vitro with doxorubicin in saline (PBS solution), porcine serum, and porcine blood. Genomic DNA was used to identify the concentration of DNA that shows optimum binding clearance of doxorubicin from solution. Doxorubicin binding kinetics by DNA enclosed within porous mesh bags was evaluated. Flow model simulating blood flow in the inferior vena cava was used to determine in vitro binding kinetics between doxorubicin and DNA...
December 2016: Biomedical Microdevices
Vassilios Atsaves, Maria G Detsika, Elpida Poulaki, Hara Gakiopoulou, Elias A Lianos
Although the protective role of HO-1 induction in various forms of kidney disease is well established, mechanisms other than heme catabolism to biliverdin, bilirubin and carbon monoxide have recently been identified. Unraveling these mechanisms requires the generation of appropriate animal models. The present study describes the generation of a HO-1 deficient Hmox1 (-/-) rat model and characterizes its renal and extrarenal phenotype. Hmox1 (-/-) rats had growth retardation and splenomegaly compared to their Hmox1 (+/+) littermates...
October 24, 2016: Transgenic Research
Kwame Yeboah, Eric Kyei-Baafour, Daniel A Antwi, Henry Asare-Anane, Ben Gyan, Albert G B Amoah
BACKGROUND: Impaired angiogenesis is amongst the underlining mechanisms of organ damage in diabetes and hypertensive patients. In diabetes and hypertensive patients without proteinuria and overt CVDs, we studied the levels of angiogenic growth factors, angiopoietin (Ang)-1, Ang-2 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and the relationship between these angiogenic growth factors and renal function, measured as estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). METHOD: In a case control design, 107 type 2 diabetes (T2DM) patients and 93 non-diabetes controls were recruited into the study...
2016: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
Drew A Hildebrandt, Eric D Irwin, Thomas E Lohmeier
Chronic electric activation of the carotid baroreflex produces sustained reductions in sympathetic activity and arterial pressure and is currently being evaluated for therapy in patients with resistant hypertension. However, patients with significant impairment of renal function have been largely excluded from clinical trials. Thus, there is little information on blood pressure and renal responses to baroreflex activation in subjects with advanced chronic kidney disease, which is common in resistant hypertension...
October 24, 2016: Hypertension
Graziano Colombo, Marco Clerici, Alessandra Altomare, Francesco Rusconi, Daniela Giustarini, Nicola Portinaro, Maria Lisa Garavaglia, Ranieri Rossi, Isabella Dalle-Donne, Aldo Milzani
: In this study, we assessed the oxidative damage occurring in plasma proteins when human blood was exposed to inflammatory concentrations of hypochlorous acid (HOCl). We used specific thiol labelling and Western blot analyses to determine protein thiol oxidation, as well as analytical gel filtration HPLC coupled to fluorescence detection to explore formation of high molecular weight (HMW) protein aggregates. Thiol-containing proteins oxidized by HOCl were identified by redox proteomics...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
Y Y Hyun, K B Lee, E J Rhee, C Y Park, Y Chang, S Ryu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Body composition contributes to the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and glomerular hyperfiltration. In adults with normal body mass index (BMI), the relationships of body composition with CKD and high estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) are largely unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed 10,734 adults from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES), whose body mass index (BMI) was within the normal range (18...
September 17, 2016: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
Yan Wang, Shan-Shan Li, Shi-Ping Na, Cheng-Yuan Yu, Ying Ji, Shi-Lei Zhao, Ru-Juan Xie, Yu-Shi Bao
BACKGROUND: This study aims to test the lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) mass and activity in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and to analyze their connection of Lp-PLA2 with the development of disease and with the occurrence of atherosclerosis in this population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, 59 patients older than 18 years and with a diagnosis of CKD were recruited. Kidney function was evaluated by serum creatinine, serum urea and estimated glomerular filtration rate according to Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration formula and clinical data were collected...
October 2016: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Derek Klarin, Robert T Lancaster, Emel Ergul, Daniel Bertges, Philip Goodney, Marc L Schermerhorn, Richard P Cambria, Virendra I Patel
OBJECTIVE: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) increases morbidity and mortality after vascular procedures and adversely affects late survival of patients. The presence of CKD also confers increased risk of stroke in patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis. Patients undergoing carotid intervention in the Vascular Study Group of New England database were stratified by CKD status referable to periprocedural and late outcomes. METHODS: All carotid artery stenting and carotid endarterectomies (CEAs) performed from 2003 to 2013 were stratified by CKD severity as mild (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] >60 mL/min/1...
November 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Tobias Hey, Niada Bajraktari, Jörg Vogel, Claus Hélix Nielsen, Jes la Cour Jansen, Karin Jönsson
Raw municipal wastewater from a full-scale wastewater treatment plant was physicochemically pretreated in a large pilot-scale system comprising coagulation, flocculation, microsieve and microfiltration operated in various configurations. The produced microsieve filtrates and microfiltration permeates were then concentrated using forward osmosis (FO). Aquaporin Inside(TM) FO membranes were used for both the microsieve filtrate and microfiltration permeates, and Hydration Technologies Inc.-thin-film composite membranes for the microfiltration permeate using only NaCl as the draw solution...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Technology
Jing Li, Aping Niu, Chun-Jiao Lu, Jing-Hui Zhang, Muhammad Junaid, Phyllis R Strauss, Ping Xiao, Xiao Wang, Yi-Wei Ren, De-Sheng Pei
Landfill leachate (LL) is harmful to aquatic environment because it contains high concentrations of dissolved organic matter, inorganic components, heavy metals, and other xenobiotics. Thus, the remediation of LL is crucial for environmental conservation. Here, a potential application of the forward osmosis (FO) filtration process with ammonium bicarbonate (NH4HCO3) as a draw solution (DS) was investigated to remediate membrane bioreactor-treated LL (M-LL). After the leachate treatment, the toxicity and removal efficiencies of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were evaluated using zebrafish and cultured human cells...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Bruna Bellincanta Nicoletto, Thaiana Cirino Krolikowski, Daisy Crispim, Luis Henrique Canani
Progranulin has been recognized as an adipokine related to obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). There are scarce data regarding progranulin and kidney disease, but there are some data linking diabetic kidney disease (DKD) and increased progranulin levels. We aimed to better describe the relationship between serum and urinary progranulin levels and DKD in T2DM. This is a case-control study including four groups of subjects: 1) Advanced DKD cases: T2DM patients with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <60 mL/min/1...
2016: PloS One
Imelda Ryona, Jack Henion
Despite many benefits including simple point-of-care sample collection, reduced costs, and simplified shipping and storage, dried blood spot (DBS) techniques have faced adoption resistance such as the hematocrit (Hct) effects and the established preference for bioanalysis of plasma rather than whole blood. One way to potentially circumvent these challenges is to adopt the concept of a dried plasma spot (DPS) technique. One approach to accomplishing this is through an on-card red blood cell (RBC) filtration to generate plasma from whole blood without the need for centrifugation...
October 24, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Nina Kimer, Julie Steen Pedersen, Troels Malte Busk, Lise Lotte Gluud, Lise Hobolth, Aleksander Krag, Søren Møller, Flemming Bendtsen
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE: Decompensated cirrhosis is characterized by disturbed systemic and splanchnic hemodynamics. Bacterial translocation from the gut is considered the key driver in this process. Intestinal decontamination with rifaximin may improve hemodynamics. This double-blind, randomized, controlled trial investigates the effects of rifaximin on hemodynamics, renal function and vasoactive hormones. METHODS: We randomized 54 stable out-patients with cirrhosis and ascites to rifaximin 550 mg BD (n=36) or placebo BD (n=18)...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Giorgina B Piccoli, Federica Ventrella, Irene Capizzi, Federica N Vigotti, Elena Mongilardi, Giorgio Grassi, Valentina Loi, Gianfranca Cabiddu, Paolo Avagnina, Elisabetta Versino
Low-protein diets (LPDs) are often considered as contraindicated in diabetic patients, and are seldom studied. The aim of this observational study was to provide new data on this issue. It involved 149 diabetic and 300 non-diabetic patients who followed a LPD, with a personalized approach aimed at moderate protein restriction (0.6 g/day). Survival analysis was performed according to Kaplan-Meier, and multivariate analysis with Cox model. Diabetic versus non-diabetic patients were of similar age (median 70 years) and creatinine levels at the start of the diet (2...
October 21, 2016: Nutrients
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