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Huei-Fen Jheng, Motohiko Hirotsuka, Tsuyoshi Goto, Masayuki Shibata, Yasuki Matsumura, Teruo Kawada
SCOPE: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a major cause of end-stage renal disease. Here, we examined the effect of long-term consumption of a low-fat soy milk powder (LFSMP) on the diabetic kidney structure and function. METHODS AND RESULTS: KKAy mice were fed a casein- LFSMP-or high-fat soy mixture powder (HFSMP)-based diet for 4 months. Plasma and urine were subjected to a biochemical assay every 2-4 weeks. Renal morphology and protein expression were evaluated by histochemical staining and western blots...
October 17, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Shinya Kawamoto, Ryo Koda, Atsunori Yoshino, Tetsuro Takeda, Yoshihiko Ueda
Medullary cystic kidney disease (MCKD) is a hereditary disease associated with bilateral medullary polycysts and interstitial fibrosis. MCKD is typically associated with slowly progressive renal dysfunction. We herein report two rare elderly cases with enlarged kidneys and rapidly progressive renal dysfunction without myeloperoxidase anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (MPO-ANCA), PR3-ANCA, or anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) antibodies. Renal biopsies revealed extensive tubular dilatation and atrophy with interstitial fibrosis consistent with MCKD...
2016: Internal Medicine
Ming-Zhi Zhang, Xin Wang, Yinqiu Wang, Aolei Niu, Suwan Wang, Chenhang Zou, Raymond C Harris
Cytokines IL-4 and IL-13 play important roles in polarization of macrophages/dendritic cells to an M2 phenotype, which is important for recovery from acute kidney injury. Both IL-4 and IL-13 activate JAK3/STAT6 signaling. In mice with diphtheria toxin receptor expression in proximal tubules (selective injury model), a relatively selective JAK3 inhibitor, tofacitinib, led to more severe kidney injury, delayed recovery from acute kidney injury, increased inflammatory M1 phenotype markers and decreased reparative M2 phenotype markers of macrophages/dendritic cells, and development of more severe renal fibrosis after diphtheria toxin administration...
October 10, 2016: Kidney International
Rafael Coimbra Ferreira Beltrame, Maurício Friderichs, Bárbara Rayanne Fior, Pedro Guilherme Schaefer, Gustavo Gomes Thomé, Dirceu Reis da Silva, Elvino José Guardão Barros, Renato Seligman, Francisco Veríssimo Veronese
The IgG4-related disease has a wide clinical spectrum where multiple organs can be affected, and the diagnosis depends on typical histopathological findings and an elevated IgG4 expression in plasma cells in the affected tissue. We describe the clinical presentation and evolution of a patient with acute tubulointerstitial nephritis, severe kidney failure and systemic manifestations such as lymphadenomegaly and chronic pancreatitis. The diagnosis was confirmed by the clinical picture and kidney and lymph node histopathology, in which immunohistochemistry of the lymphoid tissue showed policlonality and increased expression of IgG4, with a IgG4/total IgG ratio > 80%...
July 2016: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
Zhi Su, Deborah Widomski, Ji Ma, Marian Namovic, Arthur Nikkel, Laura Leys, Lauren Olson, Katherine Salte, Diana Donnelly-Roberts, Timothy Esbenshade, Steve McGaraughty
BACKGROUND: Obese ZSF-1 rats display many features of human type II diabetes including nephropathy (DN). The study aimed to further understand the relevance of this model to DN, for which glomerular filtration rate (GFR), renal fibrosis and several urinary/tissue biomarkers was followed over 24 weeks in ZSF-1 rats. METHODS: Intact/sham or uninephrectomized male and female ZSF-1 rats were studied. GFR was measured by transdermal clearance of fluorescein isothiocyanate-sinistrin...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Nephrology
Ningning Liu, Lailai Li, Xin Zhu, Zhiqiang Ling, Jianguo Feng, Ying Hu, Yi Wang, Lijun Mou, Yi Wang
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide health problem with growing prevalence in developing countries. Renal tubular epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a critical step and key factor in the development of this condition. Renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis is a basic pathological change at the later stages of the disease. Therefore, blocking the development of EMT could be a critical factor in curing CKD. We have established a cell-based high-content screening (HCS) method to identify inhibitors of EMT in human proximal tubular epithelial (HK-2) cells by automatic acquisition and processing of dual-fluorescent labeled images...
October 10, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Aysel Taktak, Nermin Uncu, Banu Acar, Şemsa Çaycı, Arzu Ensari, Gökçe Gür, Adem Köksoy, Nilgün Çakar
Acute tubulointerstitial nephritis (TIN) is a common cause of acute renal impairment, characterized by the infiltration of inflammatory cells in the interstitium of the kidney. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 19 acute TIN patients attended to our Pediatric Nephrology department between April 1999 and April 2014. Nineteen patients (7 boys and 12 girls) were evaluated. The median age was 14 years (range 7-19). Five were diagnosed as TIN histopathologically, fourteen patients were diagnosed as clinically...
November 2015: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
Hideki Yokoi, Masashi Mukoyama
Renal fibrosis is characterized by glomerulosclerosis and tubulointerstitial fibrosis. Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) is postulated to play a central role in the development of both fibrotic processes. Extracellular matrix proteins, particularly type I collagen and fibronectin, accumulate in the tissue during renal fibrogenesis. CCN2, also known as connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), is increased in the setting of fibrosis and modulates a number of downstream signaling pathways involved in the fibrogenic properties of TGF-β...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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
Jin Zhang, Linfeng Zheng, Xiangning Yuan, Chunyan Liu, Qiongjing Yuan, Feifei Xie, Sisi Qiu, Zhangzhe Peng, Yiting Tang, Jie Meng, Jiao Qin, Gaoyun Hu, Lijian Tao
Mefunidone is a new pyridone agent that attenuates renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis. However, the signaling pathways involved in the effect of mefunidone on renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis have not been well explained. Inflammatory response initiates and promotes renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis, and the inhibitor of nuclear factor kappa-B kinase beta (IKKβ) is a master regulator of inflammation. This study is determined to clarify the influence of mefunidone on renal inflammation and the phosphorylation of IKKβ...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Eun-Sil Park, Michio Suzuki, Masanobu Kimura, Hiroshi Mizutani, Ryuichi Saito, Nami Kubota, Youko Hasuike, Jungo Okajima, Hidemi Kasai, Yuko Sato, Noriko Nakajima, Keiji Maruyama, Koichi Imaoka, Shigeru Morikawa
BACKGROUND: Feline morbillivirus (FmoPV) is a novel paramyxovirus found to infect domestic cats. FmoPV has been isolated in several countries in Asia and Europe and is considered to have genetic diversity. Also, it is suspected to be associated with feline renal diseases including tubulointerstitial nephritis (TIN), which affects domestic cats with a high incidence rate. RESULTS: To clarify the state of FmoPV infection among domestic cats in Japan, an epidemiological survey was conducted...
October 11, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Susanne Mühlich, Margot Rehm, Astrid Ebenau, Margarete Goppelt-Struebe
Changes in cell morphology that involve alterations of the actin cytoskeleton are a hallmark of diseased renal tubular epithelial cells. While the impact of actin remodeling on gene expression has been analyzed in many model systems based on cell lines, this study investigated human primary tubular epithelial cells isolated from healthy parts of tumor nephrectomies. Latrunculin B (LatB) and cytochalasin D (CytoD) were used to modulate G-actin levels in a receptor-independent manner. Both compounds (at 0.5μM) profoundly altered F-actin structures in a Rho kinase-dependent manner, but only CytoD strongly induced the pro-fibrotic factor CTGF (connective tissue growth factor)...
October 6, 2016: Cellular Signalling
Laura Penna Rocha, Samuel Cavalcante Xavier, Fernanda Rodrigues Helmo, Juliana Reis Machado, Fernando Silva Ramalho, Marlene Antônia Dos Reis, Rosana Rosa Miranda Corrêa
INTRODUCTION: Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process in which epithelial cells may express mesenchymal cell markers with subsequent change in their functions, and it may be part of the etiopathogenesis of kidney disease. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the immunexpression of some EMT inducers and markers in frequent nephropathies in pediatric patients. METHODS: 59 patients aged 2-18 years old were selected and divided into 6 groups of frequent nephropathies in children and adolescents, as well as one control group...
September 22, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Payaswini Vasanth, Michelle Parmley, Jose Torrealba, Tamim Hamdi
Tubulointerstitial nephritis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease has been linked to the use of 5-ASA derivatives. Various aspects of this theory have been challenged with a potential role for the underlying autoimmune disorder. Steroids are the mainstay of treatment and mycophenolate mofetil might be an effective alternative. We report a patient who responded well to mycophenolate despite continuing mesalamine, the suspected offending agent.
2016: Case Reports in Nephrology
Hyun Seon Kim, Sun Woo Lim, Long Jin, Jian Jin, Byung Ha Chung, Chul Woo Yang
BACKGROUND: The use of calcineurin inhibitors is a well-known risk factor for hyperuricemia in kidney transplant recipients. We evaluated the effect of febuxostat (Fx), a new uric acid-lowering drug, on hyperuricemia and renal injury in an experimental model of chronic tacrolimus (Tac)-induced nephropathy. METHODS: Chronic Tac nephropathy was induced by administering Tac (1.5 mg/kg/day) to rats on a low-salt diet (0.05%) with oxonic acid (OA, 2%, 0.2 g/kg/day) for 28 days...
October 5, 2016: Nephron
Giuseppina Federico, Michael Meister, Daniel Mathow, Gunnar H Heine, Gerhard Moldenhauer, Zoran V Popovic, Viola Nordström, Annette Kopp-Schneider, Thomas Hielscher, Peter J Nelson, Franz Schaefer, Stefan Porubsky, Danilo Fliser, Bernd Arnold, Hermann-Josef Gröne
Renal tubular atrophy and interstitial fibrosis are common hallmarks of etiologically different progressive chronic kidney diseases (CKD) that eventually result in organ failure. Even though these pathological manifestations constitute a major public health problem, diagnostic tests, as well as therapeutic options, are currently limited. Members of the dickkopf (DKK) family, DKK1 and -2, have been associated with inhibition of Wnt signaling and organ fibrosis. Here, we identify DKK3 as a stress-induced, tubular epithelia-derived, secreted glycoprotein that mediates kidney fibrosis...
January 21, 2016: JCI Insight
Nina E Diana, Saraladevi Naicker
The prevalence of HIV-associated chronic kidney disease (CKD) varies geographically and depends on the definition of CKD used, ranging from 4.7% to 38% globally. The incidence, however, has decreased with the use of effective combined antiretroviral therapy (cART). A wide variety of histological patterns are seen in HIV-associated kidney diseases that include glomerular and tubulointerstitial pathology. In resource-rich settings, there has been a plateau in the incidence of end-stage renal disease secondary to HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN)...
2016: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
Björn Tampe, Ulrike Steinle, Désirée Tampe, Julienne L Carstens, Peter Korsten, Elisabeth M Zeisberg, Gerhard A Müller, Raghu Kalluri, Michael Zeisberg
Acute kidney injury (AKI) and progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) are intrinsically tied syndromes. In this regard, the acutely injured kidney often does not achieve its full regenerative capacity and AKI directly transitions into progressive CKD associated with tubulointerstitial fibrosis. Underlying mechanisms of such AKI-to-CKD progression are still incompletely understood and specific therapeutic interventions are still elusive. Because epigenetic modifications play a role in maintaining tissue fibrosis, we used a murine model of ischemia-reperfusion injury to determine whether aberrant promoter methylation of RASAL1 contributes causally to the switch between physiological regeneration and tubulointerstitial fibrogenesis, a hallmark of AKI-to-CKD progression...
September 27, 2016: Kidney International
Juan Zhan, Kun Wang, Conghui Zhang, Chunxiu Zhang, Yueqiang Li, Ying Zhang, Xiaoyan Chang, Qiaodan Zhou, Ying Yao, Yanyan Liu, Gang Xu
Grape seed proanthocyanindin extract (GSPE) is a polyphenolic bioflavonoid derived from grape seeds and has been widely studied for its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antitumor activities. HMGB1 is a newly discovered danger-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) that has potent proinflammatory effects once released by necrotic cells. However, the effect of GSPE on the HMGB1, and the relationship of those two with acute kidney injury and chronic kidney fibrosis are unknown. This study aimed to investigate the impact of GSPE on acute kidney injury and chronic fibrosis...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Bancha Satirapoj, Kasemsan Aramsaowapak, Theerasak Tangwonglert, Ouppatham Supasyndh
Background. Tubulointerstitial injury is both a key feature of diabetic nephropathy and an important predictor of renal dysfunction. Novel tubular biomarkers related to renal injury in diabetic nephropathy could improve risk stratification and prediction. Methods. A total of 303 type 2 diabetic patients were followed up. The baseline urine values of cystatin-C to creatinine ratio (UCCR), angiotensinogen to creatinine ratio (UANG), NGAL to creatinine ratio (UNGAL), and KIM-1 to creatinine ratio (UKIM-1) were measured...
2016: Journal of Diabetes Research
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