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Kidney Function Restoration Program

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Hemodialysis Hemofiltration and Intensive Care

Danaparoid was first used to anticoagulate non-HIT patients requiring hemodia-lysis in one of several clinical settings stable chronic renal failure (CRF) (ten Cate et al., 1985 Henny et al., 1990, von Bonsdorff et al., 1990) or intensive care unit (ICU) patients who developed postoperative acute renal failure (ARF) (Henny et al., 1983). Danaparoid was then used to treat very ill patients in intensive care settings who developed HIT during CRRT for ARF (Wester et al., 2000 LindhoffLast et al., 2001). Switching from UFH to danaparoid overcame the repeated deposition of fibrin on the hemodialysis filtration membranes, thus restoring the lifespan of the filters and allowing continuation of extracorporeal circuit use without further incident (Burgess and Chong, 1997 van Eps et al., 2000 LindhoffLast et al., 2001). Such fibrin deposition may also be secondary to UFH-induced platelet aggregation and microthrombus formation and, because HIT antibodies are often absent, this may be a...

Clinical manifestationdiagnosis of nephropathy

The major symptoms of glomerulonephritis are proteinuria and nephritic sediment. Clinically, a difference is made between nephrotic syndrome (loss of protein), acute nephritic syndrome (acantocytes as a sign of GN), rapid-progressive GN (loss of renal function in only a few days), asymptomatic proteinuria or hematuria and chronic GN.These entities are all treated differently and require the collaboration of a nephrologist. HIV-associated nephropathy (HIV-AN) is a form of glo-merulonephritis and is diagnosed in cases of nephrotic syndrome with edema, hy-poalbuminemia, hyperlipidemia and proteinuria of more than 3.5 g day. However, even a mild proteinuria is possible. The occurrence of proteinuria and erythrocytu-ria is pathognomonic for glomerulonephritis (GN) and, together with a nephritic sediment, usually confirms the diagnosis. Under a polarizing microscope, a trained eye can easily identify the renal (glomerular) origin of the erythrocytes, on the basis of glomerularly deformed...

Postinfectious glomerulonephritis

The most common form of renal disease in Germany is IGA nephropathy, which can also be triggered by an HIV infection, respiratory infections or infection with Hepatitis A. Post-infectious GN is treated specifically (see below) the underlying infection is treated simultaneously.

Indinavirassociated nephropathy

In the indinavir doses used in the past,. the cumulative occurrence of the symptomatic nephrolithiasis was indicated to be over 10 . .The renal side-effects ranged from asymptomatic crystalluria to renal failure Renal problems have become rarer with the boosted doses used today On abdominal x-ray, an indinavir stone is not usually apparent. However, in combination with calcium it can become radio-opaque, and could be confused with a calcium-oxalate-stone. Urate stones are transparent on x-rays. Elevation of creatinine under long-term indinavir therapy was already observed at the end of the 90s (Fellay 2001, Boubaker 2001). Typical signs of indinavir nephropathy include sterile leukocyturia and an echogenic transformation of the renal parenchyma in otherwise normal kidneys. Discontinuing indinavir leads to a normal function in most cases. One should pay heed to the possibility of tuberculosis in the urinary tract in sterile leukocyturia.

Heparininduced Thrombocytopenia In Hemodialysis Patients

Given the major role of unfractionated heparin (UFH) for anticoagulation in hemodialysis (HD), it is important to define the potential impact of immune heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) in contributing to morbidity and mortality in patients with dialysis-dependent renal failure.

HIVassociated nephropathy HIVAN

HIV-AN is characterized by rapid loss of renal function, which is especially observed in Afro-Americans. At the end of 2005, 56 HIV-positive dialysis patients were registered in Germany (new in 2005 9 dialysis patients with HIV and 3 HIV patients with a kidney transplant, Quasi Kidney Report 2006). The risk factors are genetic predisposition (97 Afro-Americans), male gender and drug abuse. Most patients have a poor immune status with < 100 CD4+ T-cells l (only 20 have normal ranges). Individual cases of sudden renal insufficiency within an acute HIV syndrome have been reported. But there seems to be no correlation with HIV viral load and the duration of the HIV infection. Nephrotic proteinuria usually presents clinically as more than 3.5 g day, but a minor proteinuria is also possible. Progression is fast and can lead to end-stage renal disease (dialysis) in less than 10 months (Szczech 2001). The blood pressure is normal or slightly increased the kidneys are within the normal size...

Kidney Cancer in Male Rats and a2Microglobulin Nephropathy

Alpha(a)-2-microglobulin (a-2mG) associated nephropathy has been evaluated as a mechanism of renal tubular cell carcinogenesis in male rats (16-18). The hypothesis supporting this mechanism is based on the finding that chemicals that induce a-2mG accumulation and renal carcinogenesis in male rats have not been shown to induce kidney tumors in animals that lack the ability to synthesize a-2mG in the liver. However, both data that are consistent and inconsistent with this hypothesis exist (16). 3. Additional aspects of the pathological sequence of lesions associated with a-2mG nephropathy are present. Typical lesions include single-cell necrosis, exfoliation of epithelial cells into the proximal tubular lumen, formation of granular casts, linear mineralization of papillary tubules, and tubule hyperplasia. If the response is mild, all of these lesions may not be observed however, some elements consistent with the pathological sequence must be demonstrated to be present. (The U.S. EPA...

Acute renal failure

Acute renal failure (ARF) is the sudden development of renal insufficiency resulting in the body's inability to excrete nitrogenous waste and maintain fluid and electrolyte balance. While a straightforward concept, defining renal failure in the clinical setting remains more challenging. Novis et al. reviewed 26 studies of post-operative renal failure and found no two studies utilized the same definition. That being said, commonly used definitions include an increase in serum creatinine by 20-50 over baseline, a creatinine clearance of less than < 50 , or the need for RRT.


Hirudin was the first anticoagulant to be used for hemodialysis, as performed by Haas (1924) in Germany. Because native hirudin preparations were crude and supply of leeches insufficient, hirudin was replaced by heparin to prevent clotting during dialysis. Management of these patients requires careful dosing and frequent monitoring. HIT patients with transient renal failure are difficult to manage with lepir-udin, because substantial dose adjustments are necessary, depending on the extent of renal failure. To reduce bleeding risk, we prefer administering a continuous iv infusion, starting at 0.005 mg kg h, with adjustments made according to the aPTT, while others use intermittent iv boluses of 0.005-0.01 mg kg (Fischer et al., 1999 Kern et al., 1999). Use of lepirudin in renal replacement therapy is reviewed in Chapter 18.

Renal failure

Acute renal failure Clinically, the patient is often confused and disorientated. Fluid balance is abnormal either with oedema and heart failure due to overload or dehydration from vomiting. The serum urea and creatinine will be raised and when the obstruction is released, a dramatic osmotic diuresis can occur, placing the patient in danger of dehydration unless careful fluid balance is maintained. The serum potassium may be raised and this can cause cardiac dysrhythmias and death. The potassium level must be treated urgently, either by dialysis or short-term measures such as shifting the potassium from the serum back into the cells using glucose and insulin intravenously, or calcium resonium to absorb it directly from the gut. Chronic renal failure Renal damage from such causes as diabetic nephropathy, glomerulonephritis, polycystic renal disease or poor recovery from a treated obstructive uropathy can lead to permanent loss of renal function. The remaining renal tissue may then be...

Clinical Development Of Hematopoietic Growth Factors

The clinical development of recombinant forms of HGF were directed by an extensive understanding of the biologic effects of these factors. The human gene encoding EPO was cloned in 1983 (22), and clinical development of epoetin alfa began soon after. Initial studies were focused on patients with an endogenous EPO deficiency, such as patients with severe chronic renal failure receiving dialysis. The effects of epoetin alfa were apparent in the first dose levels with an increase in hemoglobin concentration and hematocrit. A reduction in the requirement for red blood cell transfusions was ultimately proved in the pivotal phase 3 trial. Further studies focused on defining a safe rate of rise in hemoglobin and an appropriate target however, a conservative target rather than normalization of hematocrit was initially approved in the dialysis setting. In patients with underlying heart disease, the safety and benefits of correction to a normal hematocrit are still under investigation almost 20...

Decline In Systems Redundancy With

Chronic renal failure is known to be associated with decreased number of endothelial progenitor cells (Choi et al., 2004). People with diminished numbers of nephrons in their kidneys are more likely to suffer from hypertension (Keller et al., 2003), and the number of glomeruli decreases with human age (Nyengaard and Bendtsen, 1992).

Useful Parameters and Landmarks

When length, weight, or head circumference deviate from the normal growth curve, further investigation is warranted. Many different pathological processes, some of which may be treatable, can lead to growth failure. Discrepancies in growth proportions may provide clues to the pathological process for instance, chronic infection and renal failure lead to relative loss in weight, while growth hormone deficiency and Cushing syndrome produce relative increase in weight. Usually, by two years of age a child has established a pattern of growth that will predictably follow percentile growth curves. These growth curves, on average, are similar for OFC, height, and weight. During the first year of life a child may change percentile growth curves as he or she establishes an extrauterine growth pattern.

Reversible Inhibitors

The rate and extent of inhibition of enzymes by reversible inhibitors also depend on the factors listed above. However, the rate of inhibition is very rapid (msec) as a noncovalent complex is formed. Also, the inhibition can be reversed by removing the inhibitor (by dialysis or gel filtration). Our attention in this chapter is focused on the reversible enzyme inhibitors. Defined kinetically, a reversible inhibitor is one that reacts with an enzyme in a reversible manner as shown in Eq. (32), where Ki is an equilibrium (dissociation) constant. Ki E E I.

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Contact with water contaminated by infected rat urine. The diagnosis should be suspected in those who participate in recreational water sports and subsequently develop an acute febrile illness complicated by jaundice and renal failure. Enterotoxigenic E. coli has a worldwide distribution and transmission, and spreads by the fecal-oral route via contaminated food or water sources. It is a major cause of gastroenteritis and traveler's diarrhea.

Issues in Analysis of Adherence Data

Analysis is influenced by the method of measurement chosen within a study. For the use of electronic monitoring, where the most detailed information is collected, several issues arise. First is the length of time that data are collected and summarized. Current technology permits the capture of data for 1 day up to 1-2 years. Thus it is important to examine the length of time that data need to be collated to reach a stable estimate of adherence (Houze, Sereika, DunbarJacob, unpublished). Deschamps and colleagues (2006) suggest that in HIV and in kidney transplant patients, an intervention effect of electronic monitoring can be found which decreased and stabilized over 35-50 days. Data can then be summarized over the relevant time period.

Biosurveillance Of The Healthcare System

A healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) is an infection that develops in a healthcare setting such as a hospital or as a result of medical treatment. HCAIs are also known as nosocomial infections. HCAI is a significant problem in healthcare. In 1992, the CDC estimated that there are at least two million HCAIs in hospitalized patients alone each year in the United States, costing 4.5 billion and causing 90,000 deaths, a third of which are probably preventable (Anonymous, 1992).5 Roughly an equal number of infections occur in long-term care facilities, dialysis centers, clinics and other settings (Martone et al.,1998).

NonB DNA Conformations Cause Rearrangements

The involvement of double-strand breaks (DSB) in genome instability is well-documented (15), but the initiating events that lead to their formation are not fully understood. Recently, an increasing amount of information has revealed a major causative role for non-B DNA conformations. Indeed, analyses of large deletions stimulated by a 2.5 kb poly(R*Y) sequence from intron 21 of the polycystic kidney disease 1 gene (PKD1), or by long (CTG*CAG)n repeats, in E. coli indicated that the breakpoints occurred invariably at nt abutting, or within, motifs capable of adopting non-B conformations (16,17). Because the same PKD1 tract also induced cell death in a supercoil-dependent manner (18), we concluded that the large deletions were mediated by supercoil-dependent non-B conformations. In addition, the presence of short (direct or inverted) homologies at the breakpoint junctions suggested a model whereby two distantly located non-B DNA conformations induced DSB repair and, hence, demarcated...

Peptide tryptophan 23dioxygenase

Tecoma stans leaf enzyme, optimum pH 5.2, utilizes two molecules of oxygen. Other substrates are 5-hydroxyindole, 5-bromoindole and 5-methylindole. It is not inhibited by thiols or by thiol-binding reagents, copper or non-haem iron chelators, nor by atebrin, which suggests that it is not a flavoprotein. It is inactivated by dialysis, but the cofactor has not been identified C170 .

Conclusion Policy Recommendation

Overt barriers to health care for minorities of color (e.g., racially segregated health clinics and hospitals) have largely disappeared. However, institutional discrimination remains. This ranges from the sharp underrepresentation of ethnic-minority physicians to informal norms and practices and official policies. This effectively restricts access for minorities, the poor, and the uninsured. Racial-discrimination barriers to health care are illegal. Nevertheless, barriers to equal access for the minority elderly persist. There is rationing of health care, for example, for such procedures as renal dialysis and heart transplant and a limit on the number of days for mental health services per year. There is also a preference for private-pay-insurance patients physicians claim that they do not profit off government-supported health care programs. Finally, there are restrictions on health care for the homeless and patients with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or mental illness.

Cardiovascular Effects

Because of effects noted with in vitro studies demonstrating that ginkgolides are capable of inhibiting platelet-activating factor (PAF), which is involved in platelet aggregation and inflammatory processes such as those seen in asthma, ulcerative colitis, and allergies (reviewed in 5,19,31), it has been suggested that bleeding parameters might be affected also. Several case reports of bleeding disorders among people receiving GB have been described (see Subheading 7.1.). However, at least in healthy volunteers, changes in platelet function or coagulation have not been substantiated. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 32 healthy male volunteers receiving EGb 761 at three doses (120, 240, and 480 mg day) for 14 days, no changes in platelet function or coagulation were noted (32). Similarly, Kohler and colleagues studied the influence of the same GBE (EGb 761) on bleeding time and coagulation in healthy volunteers (33). This double-blind, placebo-controlled study was carried...

The Genotoxic Mechanism

Male rat renal tumor most rodent kidney tumors are induced by genotoxic chemicals. A specific type of tumor, the renal tubule cell tumor in the male rat, has been proposed to be induced by regenerative cell proliferation as a result of chronic kidney damage (66). Unlike in other species, or even in female rats, the male rats produce a large amount of protein called a2u-globulin in the liver. Several kidney carcinogens in male rats such as d-limonene, tetrachloroethylene) are capable of binding to a2u-globulin. These bindings are believed to interfere with the degradation of a2u-globulin, which results in the accumulation of a2u-globulin in the lysosomes of renal proximal tubule cells. It is also possible, however, that undegraded a2u-globulin acts as a vector that carries the carcinogens to the kidney (67). Regardless, prolonged accumulation of a2u-globulin or a2u-globulin-chemical complexes in the kidney appears as hyaline droplets, which are toxic...

Renal replacement therapy

When the kidneys ultimately fail, RRT is needed. There are generally two forms of RRT utilized in the intensive care setting hemodialysis and hemofiltration. In hemodialysis, blood is pumped through a semi-permeable filter which is bathed in a dialysate fluid. Electrolytes and fluid move down a concentration gradient into the dialysate fluid and it is removed, carrying off potassium, phosphate, urea, water, etc. Hemodialysis utilizes rapid blood flow rates over a 2-4 h duration and is performed on a daily or every other day basis. As such, it is felt to be associated with hemodynamic instability and large fluid shifts, which may not be tolerated in an unstable patient. That being said, slower forms of dialysis (sustained low-efficiency dialysis, SLED), which occurs over a longer time period, up to 12 h, is now being utilized in some centers. Peritoneal dialysis is generally not utilized in the ICU. Hemofiltration was initially done by withdrawing blood from the arterial side and...

Intravenous Administration in Healthy Volunteers

Clearance of rHuEPO over a range of doses in healthy adults and patients with kidney disease, based on literature estimates. (From ref. 68.) Fig. 2. Clearance of rHuEPO over a range of doses in healthy adults and patients with kidney disease, based on literature estimates. (From ref. 68.)

Renal problems Tenofovir

Tenofovir has been approved since 2001 and is, like the two nephrotoxic drugs, adefovir and cidofovir, a nucleotide analog. Animal studies showed a dose-related nephrotoxicity. Severe renal toxicity occurs rarely, but a significant proportion of patients develop kidney dysfunction (Crane 2007, Sax 2007). In one study graded elevation of serum creatinine occurred in 2,2 of the patients (Nelson 2007) ). Acute renal failure and proximal tubulopathy with Fanconi's syndrome and nephrogenic diabetes insipidus and rarely hypophosphatemic osteomalacia have been reported Rollot 2003,Saumoy 2004). Proximal tubular damage manifests as proximal tubular acidosis, normoglycemic glycosuria, hypophosphatemia, hypouricemia, hypokalemia, generalized aminoaciduria, and proteinuria. Renal toxicity occurs after some months, rarely at the beginning of therapy (Hansen 2004, Izzedine 2004, Rifkin 2004). Risk factors include a relatively high tenofovir exposure, pre-existing renal impairment, low body weight,...

Tryptophan 5hydroxylase

Human enzyme is a dimer, molecular weight 87000. It acts on the keto isomer with optima at pH 4.5 and 7.8. It is activated by reducing agents such as ascorbate and is very sensitive to inacti-vation by peroxide. Iron- and copper-chelating reagents are inhibitory, and reactivation by dialysis indicates that the chelators do not remove the metal from the enzyme molecule. It exists in three forms with different pI between 6.5 and 7.5. These appear to be dimers of two monomeric forms A3128, A3129 . Rat liver enzyme, molecular weight 63 000 and pI 5.85, is inactivated by dialysis and other processes that remove small molecules, and is reactivated by Fe2+ and dichlorophenolindo-phenol A2702 . At birth, about 25 per cent of the enzyme is in an active form, and this increases to

Pharmacokinetics in Nephrology Patients Intravenous Administration

Most pharmacokinetic studies in this population have evaluated anemic patients receiving dialysis who were rHuEPO-naive. Few studies have been published in patients who retain some degree of kidney function. Since rHuEPO is a therapy for these patients, the studies are limited in their ability to investigate dose ranges or fixed dose regimens.

Other Pharmacokinetic Issues Related to Nephrology Patients

Most pharmacokinetic studies in the nephrology population have been conducted in patients receiving dialysis. In a study aimed at investigating the impact of varying degrees of renal dysfunction (range of creatinine clearances < 3 to > 80 mL min per 1.73 m2), Kindler et al. (81) administered epoetin beta at doses of 130-152 U kg iv in 10 previously untreated patients. They found no relationship between the degree of renal dysfunction and either terminal half-life or clearance. Using a 48-h urine collection, they also determined (by radioimmunoassay) that renal clearance contributed only 1.86 to total rHuEPO clearance. 7.5.2. Mode of Dialysis Loss of rHuEPO in the dialysate is minimal (89,93-95)). Additionally, although few direct comparisons are available, several authors have concluded that the mode of dialysis (i.e., hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) has no impact on the pharmacokinetics of rHuEPO administered either intravenously or subcutaneously (78,94-96). 7.5.3....

Program Management Instructions Coverage

It is important to draw distinctions between a clinical laboratory, a clinical facility, and an analytical facility. A clinical laboratory generally uses blood and or urine to conduct medical screening or diagnostic tests such as complete blood counts (CBC), liver function tests alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) or kidney function (blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine clearance, etc.) tests. Clinical laboratories are usually certified under programs based on the Clinical Laboratories Improvement Act (42 USC 263a), and are not routinely inspected by the FDA. A clinical laboratory may be visited during a BE study audit to confirm that reported screening or diagnostic laboratory work was indeed performed. The clinical facility and the analytical facility as described above are the laboratories that will be routinely inspected under this program.

Traditional Purification of HRP

In the traditional processes of HRP production pioneered by Theorell (1945) and Keilin and Hartree (1951), the common biochemical methods involved ammonium sulfate fractionation, organic solvent (acetone, ethanol, etc.) different precipitation, calcium phosphate gel adsorption, and corresponding dialysis and crystallization selected to achieve the HRP with RZ 2.3-3.04 (46-48).

Ethical Issues in the Quality of Care

Each day, again with or without full patient and family input, physicians decide who will receive an organ transplant, coronary angiography, end-stage renal dialysis (ESRD), or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Though it is true that third-party administrators (TPAs) and other designated reimbursement administrators are having increased input into such decisions, the physician remains the primary allocator. Estimates indicate that almost 75 of such decisions are in the hands of the individual physician (Ficarra, 1989, p. 208). 6. When end-stage renal dialysis was originally implemented, few individuals over the age of 65 were considered candidates because of the decreased potential for positive outcomes. Presently over 42 of new ESRD users are the elderly, but without any substantive data that outcome has improved (Moss, 1994). It is also probable that once reimbursement was approved, there was an increased willingness to provide the technology to the elderly.

Clinical Consequences Of Ischemiareperfusion

If the severity of the lesions provoked by the ischemia-reperfusion syndrome exceeds the metabolic capacity to deal with ischemia-reperfusion consequences (e.g. free radical scavenging potential), systemic manifestations develop that may ultimely be fatal. This is represented by hemodynamic shock, hyperkalemia, hypocalcemia, renal failure and ARDS.

Prolong Life Or Forgo Lifesustaining Treatments

The confluence of the factors of greater life expectancy, causes of death precipitating longer periods of disability and dying, and removal of death and dying from the home and the care of families to institutions have produced an unprecedented need to rebuke the unbridled use of life-sustaining technologies. As ethical debate has arisen over the last three decades, two opposing approaches have been used to treat dying patients either to prolong life or allow patients to die by refusing life-sustaining treatments. A significant reason for the latter was a realization that treatment to prolong life was standard and virtually always utilized and that death was even considered to be the enemy of medicine. Of course, prior to this century, physicians had fewer therapies from which to choose in their efforts to prolong life. As more options became available and technologies, such as respirators and dialysis machines, became widespread, health care professionals, as well as patients and...

Lithium Salts As Medication

Despite these attributes lithium has a narrow therapeutic window (blood serum levels 0.6 to 1.2 mM) above which side effects are invariably intolerable. Overdose can lead to severe neurological dysfunction and in some cases death. Non-CNS side effects of lithium (not uncommonly within therapeutic levels) include tremor, polyuria, polydipsia, nausea, and weight gain. Lithium can have adverse reactions with other drug classes including diuretics, NSAIDS, and other drugs that alter kidney function.

Staging Investigations And Prognostic Factors

At Charing Cross Hospital, the routine staging investigation performed on these patients after their initial orchiectomy is computed tomography (CT) of the thorax and abdomen (usually omitting the pelvis, except in patients who have had a previous orchiopexy), to minimize the radiation to these patients. Patients are all routinely monitored with the three serum tumor markers hCG, AFP, and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). Patients with pulmonary metastases routinely have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scan performed. Baseline renal function is measured by ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) clearance. In patients with poor-prognosis NSGCTs, initial organ failure can be a problem at the initiation of treatment. Renal failure from ureteric obstruction, liver failure, and severely compromised pulmonary function can all be problems that need addressing at the start of treatment.

Clinical spectrum and systemic manifestations

Usually, high and spiking fever begins this syndrome (Knowles et al., 1999 Begon and Roujeau, 2004). Fever precedes or is concomitant to the onset of the cutaneous manifestations. Fever and skin eruption are the most common clinical manifestations. Skin manifestations are usually a maculopapular exanthema with facial edema (periorbital), which may progress to an exfoliative dermatitis (erythroderma) (Fig. 1). Sometimes pustulosis, blistering, or oral ulceration may occur. Rarely, more serious conditions mimicking Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal ne-crolysis may develop. But these other serious adverse cutaneous reactions must be considered as a differential diagnosis. Involvement of mucous membranes is uncommon in DRESS. There is no correlation between the severity of cutaneous involvement and the systemic symptoms. Hepatitis involvement is frequently asymptomatic (cytolytic hepatitis or cholestasis) but jaundice, hepatic failure, and fulminant hepatitis may occur. Other...


In addition to its central effects, the administration of MPTP may lead to systemic effects that may prove detrimental to any animal during the induction of a parkinsonian state. For example, the peripheral conversion of MPTP to MPP+ in the liver could lead to toxic injury of the liver and heart. To address these potential peripheral effects of MPTP, squirrel monkeys were administered MPTP (a series of six subcutaneous injections of 2 mg kg, free-base, two weeks apart) and were given a comprehensive exam 1, 4, and 10 days after each injection. This exam included measurements of body weight, core body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, liver and kidney function, and white blood cell count. Biochemical markers of hepa-tocellular toxicity were evident within days of MPTP lesioning and persisted for several weeks after the last injection. In addition, animals had significant hypothermia within 48 hours after lesioning that persisted for up to 10 days after the last MPTP injection...

Properties Of The Protein

Analysis of a substantially purified form of the enzyme indicated that it contains 11 carbohydrate and 0.5 g-atoms of Fe 89,000. Moreover, treatment with EDTA caused removal of the Fe and complete loss of activity (1). Subsequent dialysis of the apopro-tein against dilute solutions of Fe2+ restored 70 of the original activity. However, treatment with other divalent metals did not restore any activity, with the exception of Cu2+ which yielded - 30 of the original activity (1). The active enzyme contains two DTNB-reactive sulfhydryl groups 89,000, whereas the denatured protein contains three reactive groups (1, 24). Kinetics of activity loss due to carboxymethylation with iodoacetate indicated that modification of one sulfhydryl group 89,000 caused complete inactivation (24).

Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome IRIS

How frequently does IRIS occur In our experience, a frequency of 5-10 in patients with less than 200 CD4 cells l is realistic. A high viral load before initiation of therapy or a rapid drop on HAART seems to be an important predictive factor for IRIS (Hoffmann 1999, Shelbourne 2005). However, the overall prevalence rate of 25 cited elsewhere seems slightly too high (French 2000). If only the patients, who for example were infected with mycobacteria or cryptococcus before HAART was started, are taken into account, rates of 30 were reached (Shelbourne 2005). Mycobacterial IRIS. For MAC, the number of published cases with fistular lymphadenitis, cutaneous or muscular abscesses, osteomyelitis, nephritis or meningitis is too large to be cited here. In a total of 83 patients starting HAART with a CD4-cell count of less than 200 l, we have seen 6 mycobacterioses, among these 4 MAC infections, within the first weeks of beginning therapy (Hoffmann 1999). Lymph node abscesses usually occur...

Complications Prognosis And Prevention

Preventive measures for patients other than the transplant and chemotherapy population require addressing the underlying risk factors for developing zygomycosis. Adequate control of diabetes, the use of iron chelators other than deferoxamine (such as substitution of hydroxypyridinone chelators for deferoxamine in patients who require such therapy), limitation of the use of aluminum-containing buffers in dialysis, and aggressive direct and culture-based detection of zygomycosis are among the best preventive measures. Keeping a high level of suspicion for zygomycosis in patients at risk can aid in early diagnosis and implementation of appropriate therapy.

Properties As Protein

The molecular weight of SOX purified from the cellfree extract is 45,000 daltons. The prosthetic group is a covalently bound FAD. The absorption spectrum of SOX purified from Streptomyces sp. H-7775 has a typical flavoprotein spectrum with the absorption maxima at 276, 358, and 455 nm and a shoulder at 480 nm (Fig. 2A,B). A hypsochromic shift of the second absorption band to 358 nm relative to that of ribo-flavin at 372 nm has also been observed. The spectrum is similar to those of flavoproteins with covalently bound flavin (11-14). With the addition of D-sorbitol, the peaks at 358 nm and 455 nm decrease owing to the reduction of flavin (Fig. 2C). This indicates that the flavin component is functionally involved in the oxidation of D-sorbitol. The fluorescence intensity of the purified SOX is pH dependent and is similar to that of FAD as in the case for choline oxidase, but different from that of FMN and riboflavin (14). The flavin prosthetic group could not be liberated from the...

Umbilical Hernia In Adults

Umbilical hernias are an important complication of cirrhosis and ascites the ascites should be controlled either medically or with a shunt before hernia repair is undertaken. Umbilical herniation is sometimes a consequence of chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). In all patients that are to initiate CAPD, any hernia that is found prior to the insertion of the catheter must be repaired.

Clinical Use of Danaparoid in Disorders Other Than HIT

Controlled clinical trials of danaparoid for the routine prophylaxis and treatment of venous thromboembolism in non-HIT patients have confirmed its efficacy as an antithrombotic agent. In eight prospective, randomized, controlled, and assessorblind studies, danaparoid was more effective than other standard antithrombotic agents (e.g., warfarin, dextran, low-dose UFH plus dihydroergotamine) in preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after total hip replacement (Hoek et al., 1992 Leyvraz et al., 1992 Org 10172 Report, 1994 Gent et al., 1996 Comp et al., 1998) or hip fracture surgery (Bergqvist et al., 1991 Gerhart et al., 1991). Danaparoid also compared favorably with LMWH in patients undergoing fractured hip surgery (TIFDED Study Group, 1999). In addition, prospective controlled studies have demonstrated the efficacy of danaparoid for DVT thromboprophylaxis after major thoracic and abdominal surgery for cancer (Cade et al., 1987 Gallus et al., 1993) and after spinal cord injury (Merli et...

Use in Children and Pregnant Women

Danaparoid has been used in a small number of pediatric patients (Saxon et al., 1999 Bidlingmaier et al., 2005 see Chapter 20). For 33 of 34 children aged between 2 wk and 17 yr, danaparoid was used for the treatment of HIT. Sixteen children were treated with danaparoid for various indications, including maintenance of catheter patency, renal failure, cardiac surgery, and thrombosis. In general, it was noted that children, particularly infants, often required higher doses of danaparoid than adults on a weight-adjusted basis. Twenty-six children survived (78.8 ), five died, and for two, there is no outcome information. The causes of death were thrombotic (one of three patients with a thrombotic event), bleeding (two of four patients with a major bleeding event), treatment withdrawn (one), and septicemia-induced multiple organ failure (one). Overall, danaparoid appeared safe and effective in children, except in cases requiring CPB, since this was associated with three of the four major...

Secondarytertiary hyperparathyroidism

Secondary hyperparathyroidism is a physiological response from the parathyroid glands to a chronically low calcium state, which in the UK is most commonly due to chronic renal failure. Surgical treatment depends on whether the patient is on a waiting list for renal transplantation. In that case, some residual parathyroid tissue should be preserved. Either a sub-total parathyroidectomy can be performed excising 3M glands leaving approximately 30 mg of parathyroid tissue at a site carefully marked, or alternatively total parathy-roidectomy and muscle implantation of 15-20 X 1mm3 cubes of parathyroid tissue. The usual site for implantation is the brachioradialis of the forearm not being used for haemo dialysis. If a successful renal transplant is not performed, approximately 20 of patients will develop hyper-function of the remaining piece of tissue requiring further surgery to this. Patients who are not for renal transplant should have a total parathyroidectomy performed. With either...

Treatment of Lung Cancer Associated Anemia 161 Transfusions

Another treatment option for the management of anemia is the administration of rHuEPO. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved rHuEPO in 1989 for anemia of chronic renal failure. Early randomized trials with rHuEPO in cancer- and chemotherapy-related anemia showed that rHuEPO therapy was associated with up to 50 reduction in the number of RBC transfusions, with, however, a lag in the clinical effect, as the reduction in needed transfusions reached statistical significance only if transfusions during the first month of therapy were excluded from analysis (64,76,77). A similar effect was shown for patients with lung cancer, in whom the time to Hb response (i.e., increase in 2.0 g dL) was a mean of 54 d (63). Later studies confirmed that rHuEPO, administered three times per week at a dose of 150 U kg, increases Hb concentrations, decreases the number of required RBC transfusions, and improves QOL, regardless of tumor type or chemotherapy (61-63,78). The sialic acid content of...

Details on individual vaccines

With levels < 100 IE l, the response is inadequate and an immediate booster should be performed followed by another antibody control. Immune response can be increased through repeated immunization, increased vaccine doses and adjuvants (Cooper 2005, Brook 2006). The increased-dose vaccines recommended e.g. for dialysis patients have lower failure rates in HIV patients (Fonseca 2005), and should be considered in non-responders.

Reversal Removal of Lepirudin

Bleeding is an important and potentially severe consequence of hirudin treatment (Antman, 1994 Neuhaus et al., 1994 Frank et al., 1999 Lubenow et al., 2005). As with all DTIs, no specific antidote is available. In a patient with minor bleeding and normal renal function, stopping the drug may be sufficient, since the drug concentration drops quickly. However, when bleeding is life-threatening or the patient has renal failure, cessation alone may not be adequate.

Neurosecretory Dysfunction

We recently analyzed data collected from 300 24-h studies of spontaneous GH secretion (20-min sampling) in 272 children over a 7-yr period. Control subjects were defined as having a growth velocity standard deviation score (SDS) of > -1.0 and height SDS of > -3.0 of the mean for chronologic age without a recognizable syndrome, cranial irradiation, precocious puberty, or obesity. Subjects were further categorized by diagnosis for comparison, including chronic disease states, chronic renal failure, Noonan syndrome, obesity (BMI > 95th percentile for age), precocious puberty, cranial or craniospinal irradiation, and Turner syndrome (Fig. 5) (48,126). Fig. 5. Mean 24-h GH concentrations in a variety of conditions associated with growth retardation. (CONT, controls CDZ, chronic disease, including asthma, coeliac disease, and thalassemia CRF, chronic renal failure NS, Noonan syndrome OB, obesity PP, precocious puberty RAD, CNS irradiation TS, Turner syndrome). Reprinted with...

Stem Cells Of The Spleen

Diabetes is an insulin insufficiency disease that affects over 6 of the U.S. population. People with diabetes are at higher risk for heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and other chronic conditions. Diabetes cost the United States an estimated 132 billion in 2002 in direct medical and indirect expenditures (Hogan et al., 2003). Pancreatic P-cell death directly leads to Type I diabetes, causing a misregulation of glucose homeostasis. Patients with Type I, insulin-dependent diabetes require exogenous insulin therapy to regulate glucose levels. Neogenesis of P-cells could lead to an important mechanism of islet cell repopulation and restoration of normoglycemia. Two strategies for producing human islet cells have made

Ethical Issues Regarding Treatment Of Shortstatured Children

There is agreement about the treatment of the short-statured GH deficient child. What is controversial is the use of recombinant hGH in the treatment of the non-GH deficient child. This discussion is separate from the problems inherent in diagnosing GH deficiency as previously reviewed in this chapter. In the United States, Food and Drug Administration-(FDA) approved indications for hGH treatment at the time of preparation of this chapter include GH deficiency, growth failure associated with chronic renal failure and Turner Syndrome, wasting in AIDS and GH-deficient adults.

Introduction classifying diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a heterogeneous metabolic syndrome with several different causes characterized by chronic hyperglycaemia with partial or total lack of insulin secretion and a reduced sensitivity to the hormone in peripheral tissues. If monitored inadequately and associated with other lipid and protein disorders, long-term complications may develop in several organs and systems, resulting in both high morbidity and mortality rates. Many of the long-term complications can be attributed to microangiopathy such as retinopathy, in the worst case leading to reduced sight or blindness to nephropathy leading to insufficient kidney function and to neuropathy, leading to motor-sensitivity deficit, a predisposing factor to the formation of ulcers and articular deformations of the feet. However, the most important epidemiological and clinical complications are those derived from macroangiopathy, primarily responsible for causing cardiovascular pathologies (chronic ischaemic cardiopathy,...

B CPB and Vascular Surgery

Koster and colleagues (2000b) used lepirudin instead of heparin in 57 patients who had clinically diagnosed HIT and required CPB. The primary diagnoses included coronary artery disease (n 27, including eight cases of MI), valvular heart disease (n 14), combined coronary artery and valvular disease (n 9), thoracic aortic aneurysms (n 4), ventricular septal defect resulting from MI (n 2), and atrial tumor (n 1). In that study, anticoagulation was monitored with ECT, and lepirudin was maintained in the range of 3-4 mg mL. The dose requirement for CPB was 0.016-0.035 mg kg min (1.0-2.1 mg kg h), with concurrent 24-h blood drainage of 50-2200 mL. Elimination of the drug at the conclusion of CPB was augmented through modified zero-balanced ultrafiltration and forced diuresis. However, drug removal was dependent on the prevailing renal function. Four patients with impaired renal function showed prolonged elimination and bleeding. Of the 57 patients, 54 achieved full recovery and showed no...

Clinical significance of ABO antibodies

Transfusion of ABO incompatible red cells will almost always result in symptoms of haemolytic transfusion reaction and may cause disseminated intravascular coagulation, renal failure, and death. Signs of red cell destruction occasionally occurs following transfusion of group O blood to recipients of other ABO groups the result of destruction of the patient's red cells by transfused ABO antibodies. (See 573 for details on transfusion reactions.)

Essential Hypertension

The interactions between salt intake, sympathetic nerve activity, cardiovascular responses to sympathetic nerve activity, kidney function, and genetics make it difficult to sort out the cause-and-effect sequence that leads to essential hypertension. Current evidence suggests that the inability of the kidneys to properly eliminate salt and water is a shared characteristic in all cases of essential hypertension. Further, there is evidence that salt intake may be the single most important factor. Chimpanzees with their natural, low-salt diet, have low blood pressure. When given human levels of dietary salt, however, their blood pressure rises. Pre-literate people whose diet is natural and low in salt similarly exhibit low blood pressure that does not

Routine tests for renal impairment

A decrease in renal function in patients with an HIV infection could be interpreted as a symptomatic HIV infection, and antiretroviral therapy might be considered. The use of a contrast medium (CM) for the urinary tract should be avoided, especially in cases of renal insufficiency, proteinuria and all forms of low intravasal volume (including cirrhosis of the liver), in order to avoid causing CM-induced renal failure.

Reactivation transplantation Solid organ transplant

In 1992, Yoshikawa first published that 14 of kidney transplant recipients developed HHV-6 viremia in the first 2-4 weeks posttransplant and 55 showed an increase in anti-HHV-6 antibody titer in the first 3 months (Yoshikawa et al., 1992). Since then, Singh and Carrigan (1996), Singh and Patterson (2000), Ljung-man (2002), and Lautenschlager et al. (2000) have reported HHV-6 as an emerging pathogen in solid organ transplantation. HHV-6 is expressed in the early weeks posttransplant, often exacerbating the severity of other diseases in the transplant recipient (Des Jardin et al., 1998, 2001 Dockrell et al., 1997, 1999), including cytomegalovirus (CMV) (Humar et al., 2000 Boeckh and Garret, 2003). Management of the immunosuppressive regimen of transplant recipients has always required a balancing act to avoid the risks of infection and rejection. HHV-6 clearly poses heightened risks for the transplant recipient that is thoroughly reviewed by Ljungman in Chapter 22 and shown by others...

Renal safety of antiretroviral therapy

The spectrum of an allergic or autoimmune reaction in the kidney is no different from the skin or other internal organs. Reactions can be humoral or T-cell-mediated and can lead to renal insufficiency. The spectrum ranges from the type I immune reaction (acute interstitial nephritis after exposure to medication) to the type IV T-cell-mediated reaction (special forms of a chronic interstitial nephritis). It is, therefore, important to know that even the one-off use of an analgesic (e.g. ibuprofen) can lead to renal failure. In principle, this is possible with antiretroviral drugs. Any change of treatment should be followed by a check of renal function, after 14 days in the case of any noticeable renal changes, otherwise every 4 weeks in the first year. Acute renal failure or acute tubular necroses can also occur during treatment with aciclovir, ganciclovir, adefovir, aminoglycosides or pentamidine. Tubular dysfunctions may also be found with DDI, D4T or 3TC. An acute allergic...

Tubulotoxic damage Fanconis syndrome

When the substances filtered from the glomerulum in primary urine exceed the transport capacity of the reabsorbing tubular cells, they are excreted with the urine. The most prominent example is the glucose threshold of the kidneys (180 mg dl). However, a transport dysfunction in the tubular system can also be caused by drugs such as cidofovir, tenofovir and adefovir. This is then known as a secondary (drug-induced) Fanconi's syndrome and is distinguished by a malfunction of the tubular system without there necessarily being any impairment of the GFR. There is an increased amount of phosphate, amino acids and glucose in the urine, whereas phosphate in the blood is reduced. The loss of amino acids, phosphate, glucose, bicarbonate and other organic and inorganic substances, as well as water, can become clinically manifest in the form of increased urination, thirst or tiredness. In case reports, renal failure was above all described in patients with other reasons for renal insufficiency,...

Tenofovir and the kidney

In view of the broad application of tenofovir, more attention must be devoted to long-term renal toxicity in the future. Based on 455,392 patient years, the incidence of unwanted renal occurrences at Gilead since drug approval amounted to 29.2 renal events per 100,000 patient years (Nelson 2006). However, unreliable notification performance means that this is not a realistic reflection of the true situation. The leading renal event when taking tenofovir is Fanconi's syndrome (Incidence 22.4 100,000 patient years).This was almost always diagnosed in conjunction with hypophosphatemia, glucosuria (renal diabetes mellitus with normal blood sugar), and a mild proteinuria. It occurs on average 7 months after beginning intake and disappears 4 to 8 weeks after discontinuing. (Izzedine 2004). An isolated case of hypophosphatemia without glucosuria in HIV cannot yet be defined as Fanconi's syndrome and can just as well be due to malnutrition, vitamin D deficiency, diuretics or alcohol and...

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a common disease of aged males. It is associated with low urinary tract syndrome and can result in serious complications including renal failure. The main pathophysiological factors, and consequently, therapeutic targets, are sex hormones and sympathetic activity. Testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, and estradiol play crucial roles, and their effects are influenced by several genetic factors.

Posttransplantation antibodies of graft origin

In 1971, Beck et al. 618 speculated that anti-A detected in the serum of a group A woman after transplantation of a lung from a group O donor may have been produced by lymphoreticular tissue transplanted with the lung. Since then there have been numerous accounts of apparent autoanti-A, -A1, or -B, following transplantation of kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, or spleen (review in 619 ). Typically these ABO antibodies are IgG, appear 7-10 days after transplantation, and last for about 1 month. They are often responsible for haemolysis and have caused acute renal failure and, in one case, death 619,620 . The IgG allotype of anti-A eluted from the red cells of a

Reversal of Argatroban

Clearance of argatroban by high-flux dialysis membranes is clinically insignificant (de Denus and Spinler 2003 Dager and White, 2003 Murray et al., 2004 Tang et al., 2005). Recombinant factor VIIa has been used to treat argatroban-treated patients with severe bleeding (Malherbe et al., 2004 Alsoufi et al., 2004), although this approach remains to be rigorously evaluated. Fresh frozen plasma has been used successfully following accidental overdose (Yee and Kuter, 2006).

Oxidations and reductions of substituent side chains and nonaromatic ring systems without altering chain length

Human umbilical cord plasma activity is about 2 per cent of the adult level A3403 . Plasma DBH activity shows a familial correlation A1336 . A diurnal rhythm has been observed for the serum enzyme, in which bed rest is partially responsible for a drop in activity. On a normal regime, a rise of 10 per cent after waking is followed by a steady maximal activity during the afternoon and a decline in the evening and night A1245 . Measurements of plasma enzyme in different human subjects by immunoassay shows a three-fold range, whereas measurement by activity shows a 150-fold range, suggesting that much of the enzyme is present in an inactive form A1158 . Dialysis increases activity, suggesting the

Developmental anomalies

The kidney can fail to develop from its primitive precursor, the metanephros, giving rise to a small dysplastic often cystic remnant. The ureter and trigone are normal. If renal dysplasia is bilateral, the neonate will be in renal failure (Potter's syndrome) and will die in utero.

Presentation And Clinical Course

Weil's disease is the most severe form of leptospirosis, occurring in approximately 5-10 of symptomatic infections. It is usually a progressive monophasic illness, although it can sometimes present as a biphasic illness. Initially, Weil's disease is indistinguishable from the anicteric form of the disease, but around 3-9 days after the onset of symptoms, jaundice, renal failure, and bleeding diathesis may become apparent. In addition to the signs and symptoms present in the anicteric form, severe and persistent fever, abdominal tenderness in the right upper quadrant, organomegaly, cough, chest pain, hemoptysis, epistaxis, petechiae, and ecchymoses commonly occur. Renal failure may occur. Adult respiratory distress syndrome, and multiple organ system failure can also occur in severe cases.

Factors Interfering with Assays

The presence of -glucosidase inhibitors in buffers or tissue extracts can interfere with solution assays, especially when extracts are not diluted much. In this case, endogenous substrates, substrate analog (aryl or alkyl glycosides), and glucose and its analog (e.g., < 5-gluco-nolactone) can competitively inhibit the hydrolysis of test substrate such that the enzyme activity is neither detected nor underestimated. This problem can be alleviated by diluting crude extracts 50- to 100-fold if they have high activity levels or removing interfering substances by precipitating the enzyme with ammonium sulfate (AS) and resolubilizing to the original volume and or dialysis.

Crush Injurycrush Syndrome

Earthquakes and manmade disasters are the leading causes of crush injuries and an increased incidence of crush syndrome. The estimated incidence are 20 and 2-5 , respectively. However, given the global climate of war and acts of terrorism, we should anticipate a rise in manmade disasters in the future. Bywaters and Beall offered the first classic description of crush syndrome in Londoners treated during the German Blitz in 1940-41. Zhi-Yong described its devastation in one of history's worst natural catastrophes, the 1973 Tangshan earthquake in China, where the death toll was 242,769 and the additional injured 164,851. The mechanism of injury is entrapment of victims under collapsed structures for periods of 4 hours or longer. In crush-injured victims, deaths within the first hours are caused by shock and hyperkalemia, while deaths days later are from myoglobinuric acute renal failure. Hyperkalemia with acute renal failure is the most immediate and life-threatening complication,...

Antibiotic Name Generic Notes

Patients who require long-term parenteral antibiotics may be candidates for completion of therapy at home, a subacute care unit, an extended care facility, a rehab unit or a dialysis center. All patients who may need CoPAT must be first seen and evaluated by an ID Consultation Service.

Bivalirudin for PCI in HIT

Avoids need for initial iv bolus rapid reversal of anticoagulation (useful if patient develops bleeding or if used for intraoperative anticoagulation)3 Minor renal excretion (20 ) means that risk of overdosing in renal failure less than with lepirudin less risk of postoperative bleeding (compared with lepirudin) if used for intraoperative anticoagulation (in case of postoperative renal insufficiency)b Simplifies transition to oral anticoagulation (compared with argatroban)

Metabolic Alkalosis due to Diuretics

Saline-resistant metabolic alkalosis or ''chloride-wasting nephropathy''. Ann Intern Med 1970 73 31 Hropot, M, Fowler, N, Karlmark, B, Giebisch, G. Tubular action of diuretics Distal effects on electrolyte transport and acidification. Kidney Int 1985 28 477

Testing Dietary Interventions in Autoimmune Prone Mice to Delay Aging and Age Associated Diseases

The most well-studied autoimmune-prone model examining the impact of CR on immune function is the autoimmune-prone (NZBxNZW)F1 (B W) mouse. This model is especially valuable since multiple organs have been examined, such as spleen, kidney, mesenteric lymph nodes, peripheral blood, and submandibular glands. The B W mouse is a good model to study the human disease Systemic Lupus Erythematosis. As in humans, autoantibodies can be found in young adult B W mice prior to the detection of clinical disease. The B W mice die from autoimmune renal disease (i.e., nephritis), which can be monitored by measuring proteinurea, at approximately 10 to 12 months of age. Feeding the B W mouse a 40 CR diet beginning at six weeks of age delayed autoimmune kidney disease by 30 (Jolly, 2004). The life span of the B W mice could be doubled when the corn oil (CO) based CR diet was substituted with fish oil (FO) (Jolly et al., 2001). It is equally important to note that CR typically does not impact T cell...

Autoimmune Prone Mice as a Model of Chronic Inflammation and Heart Disease

Nutrients serve as an excellent means to delay the onset of heart disease (Osiecki, 2004). The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are well-established anti-inflammatory nutrients (Fernandes and Jolly, 1998). Important in heart disease, dietary omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to suppress the expression of both ICAM-1 (De Caterina et al., 2000) and VCAM-1 (De Caterina et al., 1995) in endothelial cells. Proinflammatory cytokines like TNF-a and IFN-y are also found at sites of inflammation, and their levels can be reduced by dietary omega-3 fatty acid feeding in MRL-lpr mice (Venkatraman and Chu, 1999). We have specifically found that dietary omega-3 fatty acids can decrease IFN-y and TNF-a levels associated with nephritis in the kidneys of (NZBxNZW)F1 (B W) mice. Furthermore, dietary omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce IFN-y production in T-lymphocytes found in the

Bladder Bowel and Sexual Disturbances

Sphincter dyssynergia, may then lead to retention of urine and, particularly in males, to vesicoureteral reflux, with the threat of hydronephrosis and progressive renal failure (138). Retention of urine also increases the risk of urinary tract infection which, in turn, may suddenly precipitate urinary symptoms.

Avoiding the Menace of Toxins in the Real World Outside the Laboratory

Our enthusiasm for using the toxins in biomedical research was tempered by news of a most tragic case of microcystin poisoning in 1996. More than 100 dialysis patients in Caruara, Brazil, were infused with microcystic water and most died of liver failure 26 . The scale of tumor promotion and liver damage worldwide is more difficult to assess. However, microcystin levels above the WHO limit (1 g liter) and suspected human and animal poisonings are often reported 8 .

Production and Purification of Laccase from Pycnoporus cinnabarinus

The isolation procedure follows that of Schliephake et al. (2000). Laccase was purified from 7.91 of culture fluid in two ultrafiltration steps followed by concentration, dialysis, and column chromatography on Sephadex G 75. Fractions absorbing at 614 nm were analyzed for laccases activity, pooled, dialyzed against 20 mM histidine buffer pH 6, and again concentrated. The concentrate was chromatographed on a 5 5 Mono Q anion exchange column with a sodium chloride gradient of 0-0.5 M over 50 min at 1 ml min. Fractions absorbing at 614 nm were pooled and stored at 85 C in the presence of a protease inhibitor mixture. A 45-fold increase in specific activity was obtained on purification. Capillary electrophoresis estimated purity at greater than 95 with minor peaks (areas 0.079 and 4.596 ) at longer elution times.

Adequate Anticoagulants for HD in HIT Patients

Patients with renal failure show plasma hypercoagulability as well as uremic platelet defects, both of which can be worsened by HD (Ambuhl et al., 1997 Sreedhara et al., 1995 Vecino et al., 1998). Therefore, selection of an appropriate anticoagulant in HD patients who also suffer from HIT is difficult. Studies of HIT patients treated with lepirudin suggest that AHAb sometimes reduce renal lepirudin clearance (Huhle et al., 1999 Eichler et al., 2000). Indeed, marked reduction of renal lepirudin clearance due to monoclonal AHAb has been demonstrated in rats with normal renal function (Fischer et al., 2003). This was accompanied by a significant increase of both maximal plasma concentration and area under the curve of the alternative anticoagulant when compared to non-AHAb-treated animals. In chronic renal failure patients undergoing HD this may not be an issue. However, even small reductions in residual renal function have been shown to account for relevant prolongation of r-hirudin...

TABLE 1 Mechanisms of Hoarseness

Primary treatment of Wegener's granulomatosis is pharmacologic. Steroids are usually effective. Second-line therapy includes cytotoxic drugs. Medical therapy may keep the disease in check, but often the disease progresses. In systemic disease, death results from pulmonary and or renal failure. Laryngeal stenosis may require endoscopic excision to relieve airway obstruction but may be complicated by scarring, with further voice impairment and recurrent obstruction (Fig. 1). Tracheotomy is an alternate way of relieving obstruction. Surgical management of stenosis and scarring may be attempted when there is no active disease, but it may be complicated by reactivation (1).

Final Recommendations

In complex procedures or institutions with minor experience in alternative anticoagulation strategies, risk reduction might be achieved best by combination of UFH with a short-acting potent antiplatelet agent in order to attenuate the HIT reaction. The safest class of agents appears to be prostaglandins as the elimination half-life is very short, and major bleeding complications appear to be uncommon. However, their potent hypotensive effect should be considered. The short-acting platelet GPIIb IIIa antagonist tirofiban may also be used for this purpose, if there is a low probability that the patient will develop perioperative renal failure.

Motivation of wtl suppressor function

The inactivation of wtl function may be seen as a consequence of genetic abnormalities of the gene. It is believed that up to 10-15 of Wilms' tumours may carry point mutations (Coppes et al., 1993 Gessler et al., 1994). Mutations occur in the coding sequence of the gene, but not in the wtl promoter (Grubb et al., 1995). Somatic mutation appears to be an early event. Nephrogenic nests are regarded as the precursors of Wilms' tumour. In two cases of Wilms' tumour where a somatic mutation was detected, an identical mutation has been found in the nephrogenic nests (Park et al., 1993). It has been reported that > 95 of Denys-Drash syndrome patients carry wtl mutations (Coppes et al., 1993). These occur in the zinc finger domain of wtl. Patients with Denys-Drash syndrome who develop Wilms' tumour, suffer from renal failure and show male pseudohermaphroditism and gonadal dysgenesis. These mutations totally abolish the DNA-binding ability of wtl protein (Little et al., 1995).

Lewis antibodies and renal transplantation

Kidney cells biosynthesize Lewis antigens 721 . The role of cytotoxic Lewis antibodies in kidney graft survival is controversial. In 1978, from a retrospective study of 255 kidney transplant recipients, Oriol et al. 793 found that 2-year graft survival rates were significantly lower in Le(a-b-) recipients than in Le- Anti-Lea, presumably of graft origin, has been blamed for renal failure in bone marrow transplant recipients 729,803 . Autoanti-LebH in an Le(a-b+) patient who had received two kidney transplants that had both been rapidly rejected, agglutinated the patient's own red cells and was inhibited by his own saliva 798,804 .

ACE Inhibition in Heart Failure

Coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, or diabetes, plus at least one other cardiovascular risk factor (hypertension, elevated total cholesterol level, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level, cigarette smoking, or microalbuminuria). Patients were excluded if they had heart failure, were known to have a low ejection fraction, were taking an ACE inhibitor or vitamin E, had uncontrolled hypertension or overt nephropathy, or had had a myocardial infarction or stroke within 4 weeks before the study began. During a mean follow-up of 5 years ramipril reduced the primary outcome (composite of myocardial infarction, stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes) from 17.8 to 14.0 (relative risk 0.78, 95 confidence interval 0.70 to 0.86 P< 0.001). Treatment with ramipril reduced the rates of death from cardiovascular causes and all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction, revascularisation procedures, cardiac arrest, heart failure, and complications related to...

Multicystic dysplastic kidney

This condition is distinguished from polycystic kidney disease which is a rare genetic disorder. Multicystic dysplasia is usually unilateral and may be detected by ultrasonography both ante- and post-natally. The cysts are unconnected and there is no functioning renal parenchyma. Many multicystic dysplastic kidneys will atrophy with age and may not require treatment. Nephrectomy is carried out for persistent and symptomatic (urinary infection) lesions. The risk of late malignancy is considered very unlikely.

Vesicoureteric reflux

Dominant inheritance with variable penetrance). The oblique course of an intravesical, submucosal ureteral segment normally functions as a valve, failure of which (e.g. a short ureteral tunnel) results in reflux. Vesicoureteric reflux is only harmful when complicated by infection. Repeated urinary infection is associated with renal scarring, loss of renal function and eventually hypertension and renal failure.

Statins Lipidlowering drugs

Theoretically statins f 3,6-8 NFV simvastatin (20 mg) f 506 SQV r 400 400 BID simvastatin (40 mg) f 3059 10 Case report rhabomyolyse, acute renal failure with ATV 400, sim-vastatin (80 mg) 17 NFV < FPV r < TPV r atorvastatin f (10 mg) 75 - 936 17. Schmidt GA, Hoehns JD, Purcell JL, et al. Severe rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure secondary to concomitant use of simvastatin, amiodarone, and atazanavir. J Am Board Fam Med 2007 20 411-6.

Posterior urethral valve

Posterior urethral valve is the most common life-threatening urological anomaly in the newborn. The common form of posterior urethral valve originates from the inferior margin of the verumontanum that extends anteriorly and distally as two leaflets rarely it presents as a perforated diaphragm. There are varying degrees of bladder outlet obstruction on micturition. Antenatal ultrasound could reveal oligohydram-nios, bilateral hydronephrosis, megaureters and a distended thick-walled bladder. Severe oligohydramnios can lead to pulmonary hypoplasia. The newborn boy may develop urosepsis, renal failure and rarely urinary ascites - the sick baby should be stabilized initially with appropriate fluid and electrolyte management, antibiotics and bladder catheteri-zation with a fine feeding tube. Older children can present with voiding dysfunction such as wetting, poor stream, acute urinary retention, etc. A micturating cystourethrogram typically shows a dilated posterior urethra with abrupt...

Affected Organs And Cell Types In Polyomavirusassociated Disease And Persistent Virus Infection

Urogenital Diseases Associated with BKV and Asymptomatic Infection. BKV is a urotheliotropic virus, which was originally detected in the urine of a patient with ureteral stenosis after renal transplantation (RT) (Gardner et al., 1971). Nevertheless, studies from recent years suggest that interstitial tubular nephritis is the most frequent BKV-associated disease after RT (Mathur et al., 1997 Pappo et al., 1996 Purighalla et al., 1995). Clinical features may mimic graft rejection or drug toxicity (Binet et al., 1999 Randhawa et al., 1999), but histopathologic examination almost always shows interstitial infiltrates of plasma cells and lymphocytes, interstitial fibrosis, tubular atrophy, and large intranuclear inclusions in tubular epithelial cells. Cells of the transitional bladder epithelium were identified as target cells for BKV infection (Gerber et al., 1980). Virus isolation, DNA detection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), electronmicroscopy, immunohistologic staining of BKV...

Clinical Manifestations

The lesions are usually tender and the patient is usually unable to eat or drink. Patients with SJS appear acutely ill and may have generalized lymphadenopathy or even hepatosple-nomegaly. Arthralgias, hepatitis, nephritis, myocarditis, and gastrointestinal bleeding are occasionally seen.

Zebrafish as Model for Human Disease

We must understand their normal anatomy in order to detect pathology. In terms of serving as animal models for human disease, there are several examples. For instance, the recent cloning of the Huntington's disease gene homologue in zebrafish (Karlovich et al., 1998) has broad implications for the importance that a mature zebrafish model may provide towards understanding this disease's pathophysiology. A mutation in vHnfl has also been recently cloned in zebrafish, which is orthologous to a gene mutated in human polycystic kidney disease (PKD) (Sun et al., 2001). As in human disease, this zebrafish mutant forms cysts in its kidneys, representing a potential model of human glomerulocystic kidney disease. Zebrafish have also been found to express amyloid precursor protein (APP), presenilin (PS)-1, and apolipoprotein E (apoE), which have all been implicated in familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) (Leimer et al., 1999 Monnot et al., 1999). Zebrafish PS-1 has been found to promote aberrant...

Purification Of Laccases A Methods

The following method is a summary of the purification of laccases from Trametes villosa by Yaver et al. (49). The fungus was grown in a defined medium at room temperature. The defined medium depends on the type of fungi cultured. After 4 days, 1.3 mM (final concentration) 2,5-xylidine was added to induce laccase production. Cultures were allowed to grow another 24 h before filtering, high-speed centrifuga-tion, and concentrating the filtrate using an Amicon S1Y100 ultrafiltration membrane. After dialysis, the sample was subjected to IEC on a Q-Sepharose (Pharmacia) column equilibrated with 10 mM Tris (pH 7.7).

Purification of Subtilisin

For chromatography, purified crystalline subtilisin (5 mg mL) was dialyzed overnight against 20 mM acetate buffer, pH 5.9, containing 5 mM CaCl2. The dia-lyzed solution (4.8 mL) was loaded to the column (1 x 51 cm). The column was washed with the starting buffer (used in dialysis) until the A280 returned to the baseline. The bound subtilisin was eluted with 10 mM Tris-HCl buffer containing 5 mM CaCl2 and 0.1 M NaCl, pH 9 (Fig. 21, top). The enzyme was purified 1.4-fold (specific activity 41 U mg proteins 98 recovery).

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

SLE is a common autoimmune connective-tissue disease affecting 1 in 1000. It is much more prevalent in young females, with a female-to-male incidence of 9 1. It affects many organ systems. Skin rash is a very common presentation, typically appearing in the malar areas following sun exposure. Oral ulcerations develop in 40 of patients. Other systemic manifestations include myocarditis, nephritis, pneumonitis, and central nervous system (CNS) involvement.

Pharmacologic and Pharmacokinetic Considerations in Anticoagulant Selection

Direct, noncovalent, irreversible inhibitor of free and clot-bound thrombin Bioavailability after sc injection, 100 peak effect, 2-3 h Mean plasma distribution time after iv bolus, 2 h Mean plasma tv2, 1.3 h ty2 greatly prolonged in renal failure ( 200 h in nephrectomized patients)

Purification of Carboxypeptidases A and B

A precipitate formed containing 91 of the carboxypeptidase A activity, while only 1 of the carboxypeptidase B activity precipitated. The carboxypeptidase A precipitate was collected by centrifugation, dissolved in 10 LiCl, and crystallized by dialysis against distilled water (80). Chromatography of the crystalline enzyme on a column of DE-52 cellulose by the method of Petra and Neurath (81) resulted in a single symmetrical peak corresponding to carboxypeptidase Ajal (Fig. 25). The solution from dialysis for 36 h against 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 7.5, contained carboxypeptidase B. It was dialyzed overnight against 0.02 M Tris, pH 8.0, at a protein concentration not exceeding 0.5 mg mL. It was then applied to a 2.5 x 40 cm column of DE-52 cellulose which had been equilibrated with the same 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 7.5, except ZnCl2 was added to give 1 0 4 M concentration. After adding all the solution to the column, elution was achieved with a linear salt...

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Pharmacodynamics of Darbepoetin Alfa in Patients

Conversion of dialysis patients from established rHuEPO therapy to darbepoetin alfa was addressed in two large clinical trials. In both studies the safety profiles of the rHuEPO and darbepoetin alfa groups was similar. The first trial, in North America, enrolled 507 hemodialysis patients into a randomized double-blind study, comparing patients who continued on three-times-weekly rHuEPO with those converting to darbepoetin alfa (once weekly plus twice-weekly placebo) (124). After the 20-wk dose-titration phase, Hb concentration remained stable during the 8-wk follow-up phase and was comparable between the two groups. The second clinical trial, a European Australian multicenter study, included hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients who were randomized to darbepoetin alfa administered at either weekly intervals (if prior rHuEPO was given two or three times weekly) or at every-other-week dosing intervals (if prior rHuEPO dosing was weekly). The results suggested that that 97 of...


B. acidopullulyticus pullulanase, for example, can be purified from Promozyme (Novozymes North America, Inc., Franklinton, NC, U.S.A.), a commercially available source of the enzyme (10). After dialysis of Promozyme overnight against acetate buffer (50 mM, pH 5.0), the pullulanase can be precipitated by addition of cold acetone ( 20 C) to a final concentration of 50 (v v). The precipitate is collected by cen-trifugation at 10,000g for 30 min and dried in vacuo. The powder is dissolved in acetate buffer (20 mM, pH 5.0) and applied to a CM-Toyopearl 650 S column equilibrated with the same buffer. The enzyme is eluted with the acetate buffer containing a linear gradient of 0-0.5 M NaCl. Active fractions are pooled and concentrated, then applied to a Toyopearl HW-55S column equilibrated with acetate buffer (20 mM, pH 6.0) containing 0.8 M NaCl. Enzyme is eluted from the column using this buffer, and active fractions are pooled and concentrated, then dialyzed against phosphate buffer (20...

Step 3 Strong opioids

Drowsiness and a feeling of being 'drugged' can be troublesome. It should be confirmed that this is not due to causes other than morphine administration, for example renal failure, hypercalcaemia, cerebral metastases or the administration of psychotropic drugs. When caused by morphine, tolerance will usually develop, but if intractable psychostimulants, for example dexamphetamine can be used cautiously. Delirium and unsteadiness of gait may be problems in the elderly. Respiratory depression is not usual unless the

Animal Models In Myocardial Ischemia

However, it should be noted that the use of coronary venous samples for studying metabolism is decreasing because of recent developments in micro-dialysis, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and positron emission tomography (30-32).

Regulation Of 173hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase 1 Expression

Besides genetic alterations, abnormal regulation of gene transcription can result in changed protein expression and biological response. An example is the mouse gene for 17HSD8, also known as the ke6 gene, in which no nucleotide alterations have been detected but lack of the regulatory protein of which probably results in recessive polycystic kidney disease.47 To elucidate the mechanisms resulting in the expression, or possible overexpression, of 17HSD1, regulation of HSD17B1 expression in various cell types has been characterized.

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