[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Inflammation is a complex biologic response that is essential for eliminating microbial pathogens and repairing tissue after injury. AKI associates with intrarenal and systemic inflammation; thus, improved understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the inflammatory response has high potential for identifying effective therapies to prevent or ameliorate AKI. In the past decade, much knowledge has been generated about the fundamental mechanisms of inflammation. Experimental work in small animal models has revealed many details of the inflammatory response that occurs within the kidney after typical causes of AKI, including insights into the molecular signals released by dying cells, the role of pattern recognition receptors, the diverse subtypes of resident and recruited immune cells, and the phased transition from destructive to reparative inflammation. Although this expansion of the basic knowledge base has increased the number of mechanistically relevant targets of intervention, progress in developing therapies that improve AKI outcomes by modulation of inflammation remains slow. In this article, we summarize the most important recent developments in understanding the inflammatory mechanisms of AKI, highlight key limitations of the commonly used animal models and clinical trial designs that may prevent successful clinical application, and suggest priority approaches for research toward clinical translation in this area.
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 11/2015; DOI:10.1681/ASN.2015030261 · 9.34 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background:
Live donor kidney transplantation (LDKT), an optimal therapy for many patients with end-stage kidney disease, is underutilized, particularly by African Americans. Potential recipient difficulties initiating and sustaining conversations about LDKT, identifying willing and medically eligible donors, and potential donors' logistical and financial hurdles have been cited as potential contributors to race disparities in LDKT. Few interventions specifically targeting these factors have been tested.
We report the protocol of the Talking about Living Kidney Donation Support (TALKS) study, a study designed to evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral, educational and financial assistance interventions to improve access to LDKT among African Americans on the deceased donor kidney transplant recipient waiting list. We adapted a previously tested educational and social worker intervention shown to improve consideration and pursuit of LDKT among patients and their family members for its use among patients on the kidney transplant waiting list. We also developed a financial assistance intervention to help potential donors overcome logistical and financial challenges they might face during the pursuit of live kidney donation. We will evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions by conducting a randomized controlled trial in which patients on the deceased donor waiting list receive 1) usual care while on the transplant waiting list, 2) the educational and social worker intervention, or 3) the educational and social worker intervention plus the option of participating in the financial assistance program. The primary outcome of the randomized controlled trial will measure potential recipients' live kidney donor activation (a composite rate of live donor inquiries, completed new live donor evaluations, or live kidney donation) at 1 year.
The TALKS study will rigorously assess the effectiveness of promising interventions to reduce race disparities in LDKT.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: CD4(-)CD8(-)double negative (DN) αβ T cells are legitimate components of the normal immune system. However, they are poorly understood and largely ignored by immunologists because of their historical association with the lymphoproliferation that occurs in mice (lpr and gld) and humans (autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndromes patients) with impaired Fas-mediated apoptosis where they are considered abnormal T cells. We believe that the traditional view that DN T cells that cause lymphoproliferation (hereafter referred to as lpr DN T cells) are CD4 and CD8 T cells that lost their coreceptor, conceived more than two decades ago, is flawed and that conflating lpr DN T cells with DN T cells found in normal immune system (hereafter referred to as nDN T cells) is unnecessarily dampening interest of this potentially important cell type. To begin rectifying these misperceptions, we will revisit the traditional view of lpr DN T cells and show that it does not hold true in light of recent immunological advances. In lieu of it, we offer a new model proposing that Fas-mediated apoptosis actively removes normally existing DN T cells from the periphery and that impaired Fas-mediated apoptosis leads to accumulation of these cells rather than de novo generation of DN T cells from activated CD4 or CD8 T cells. By doing so, we hope to provoke a new discussion that may lead to a consensus about the origin of lpr DN T cells and regulation of their homeostasis by the Fas pathway and reignite wider interest in nDN T cells.Immunology and Cell Biology advance online publication, 25 November 2014; doi:10.1038/icb.2014.99.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Acute kidney injury (AKI) prolongs hospital stay and increases mortality in various clinical settings. Ischaemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), nephrotoxic agents and infection leading to sepsis are among the major causes of AKI. Inflammatory responses substantially contribute to the overall renal damage in AKI. Both innate and adaptive immune systems are involved in the inflammatory process occurring in post-ischaemic AKI. Proinflammatory damage-associated molecular patterns, hypoxia-inducible factors, adhesion molecules, dysfunction of the renal vascular endothelium, chemokines, cytokines and Toll-like receptors are involved in the activation and recruitment of immune cells into injured kidneys. Immune cells of both the innate and adaptive immune systems, such as neutrophils, dendritic cells, macrophages and lymphocytes contribute to the pathogenesis of renal injury after IRI, and some of their subpopulations also participate in the repair process. These immune cells are also involved in the pathogenesis of nephrotoxic AKI. Experimental studies of immune cells in AKI have resulted in improved understanding of the immune mechanisms underlying AKI and will be the foundation for development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic targets. This Review describes what is currently known about the function of the immune system in the pathogenesis and repair of ischaemic and nephrotoxic AKI.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background Although several strategies for treating early antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in kidney transplants have been investigated, evidence on treatment of late AMR manifesting after 6 months is sparse. In this single-center series, we present data on 23 consecutive patients treated for late AMR. Methods Late AMR was diagnosed using Banff 2007 criteria along with presence of donor-specific antibodies (DSA) and acute rise in serum creatinine (SCr). Response to therapy was assessed by improvement in SCr, histologic improvement, and decline in DSA strength. Results Overall, 17% (4/23) had documented nonadherence while 69% (16/23) had physician-recommended reduction in immunosuppression before AMR. Eighteen patients (78%) were treated with plasmapheresis or low-dose IVIg+rituximab; 11 (49%) with refractory AMR also received one to three cycles of bortezomib. While there was an improvement (P=0.02) in mean SCr (2.4 mg/dL) at the end of therapy compared with SCr at the time of diagnosis (2.9 mg/dL), this improvement was not sustained at most recent follow-up. Eleven (48%) patients had no histologic resolution on follow-up biopsy. Lack of histologic response was associated with older patients (odds ratio [OR]=3.17; P=0.04), presence of cytotoxic DSA at time of diagnosis (OR=200; P=0.04), and severe chronic vasculopathy (cv2) on index biopsy (OR=50; P=0.06). Conclusions A major setting in which late AMR occurred in our cohort was reduction or change in immunosuppression. Our data demonstrate an inadequate response of late AMR to current and novel (bortezomib) therapies. The benefits of therapy need to be counterweighed with potential adverse effects especially in older patients, large antibody loads, and chronic allograft vasculopathy.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: There is currently no standard protocol for the isolation of DN T cells from the non-lymphoid tissues despite their increasingly reported involvement in various immune responses. DN T cells are a unique immune cell type that has been implicated in regulating immune and autoimmune responses and tolerance to allotransplants(1-6). DN T cells are, however, rare in peripheral blood and secondary lymphoid organs (spleen and lymph nodes), but are major residents of the normal kidney. Very little is known about their pathophysiologic function(7) due to their paucity in the periphery. We recently described a comprehensive phenotypic and functional analysis of this population in the kidney(8) in steady state and during ischemia reperfusion injury. Analysis of DN T cell function will be greatly enhanced by developing a protocol for their isolation from the kidney. Here, we describe a novel protocol that allows isolation of highly pure ab CD4+ CD8+ T cells and DN T cells from the murine kidney. Briefly, we digest kidney tissue using collagenase and isolate kidney mononuclear cells (KMNC) by density gradient. This is followed by two steps to enrich hematopoietic T cells from 3% to 70% from KMNC. The first step consists of a positive selection of hematopoietic cells using a CD45+ isolation kit. In the second step, DN T cells are negatively isolated by removal of non-desired cells using CD4, CD8, and MHC class II monoclonal antibodies and CD1d α-galcer tetramer. This strategy leads to a population of more than 90% pure DN T cells. Surface staining with the above mentioned antibodies followed by FACs analysis is used to confirm purity.
Journal of Visualized Experiments 05/2014; DOI:10.3791/51192 · 1.33 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although the United States possesses one of the most comprehensive transplant registries in the world, nationally representative data on how transplant care is structured and delivered is lacking. Therefore, we surveyed all 208 adult kidney transplant centers in the United States, excluding 37 pediatric and 58 inactive adult centers. Respondents were asked about the characteristics of their kidney transplant programs (25 items), the structure and process of care (18 items), coordination of care (10 items), and the characteristics of transplant physicians and surgeons (9 items).The survey was completed by directors of 156 transplant centers (75% response). The results demonstrated significant variation between centers in several domains. Sixty-five percent of transplant centers do not have a dedicated transplant pharmacist in outpatient care. Two thirds of transplant centers do not see the kidney transplant recipients at least monthly during the first year. Less than 30% of centers perform joint sit-down or walking rounds between nephrology and transplant surgery.There was significant variation in the structure and process of care in kidney transplantation. This implies variation in the use of resources at the transplant centers. This variation should be studied to determine best practices associated with optimal kidney allograft and patient survival.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression occurs through cis RNA regulatory elements by the action of trans factors, which are represented by non-coding RNAs (especially microRNAs) and the turnover and translation regulatory RNA binding-proteins (TTR-RBPs). These multifactorial proteins are a group of heterogeneous RBPs primarily implicated in controlling the decay and translation rates of target mRNAs. TTR-RBPs usually shuttle between cellular compartments (nucleus, cytoplasm) in response to various stimuli and undergo post-translational modifications such as phosphorylation or methylation to ensure their proper subcellular localization and function. TTR-RBPs are emerging as key regulators of a wide variety of genes influencing kidney physiology and pathology. This review summarizes the current knowledge of TTR-RBPs that influence renal metabolism. We will discuss the role of TTR-RBPs as regulators of kidney ischemia, fibrosis and matrix remodeling, angiogenesis, membrane transport, immunity, vascular tone, hypertension, acid-base balance, as well as anemia, bone mineral disease, and vascular calcification.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Accumulated to-date microarray data on ischemia reperfusion injury (IRI) of kidney represent a powerful source for identifying new targets and mechanisms of kidney IRI. In this study, we conducted a meta-analysis of gene expression profiles of kidney IRI in human, pig, rat, and mouse models, using a new scoring method to correct for the bias of overrepresented species. The gene expression profiles were obtained from the public repositories for 24 different models. After filtering against inclusion criteria 21 experimental settings were selected for meta-analysis and were represented by 11 rat models, 6 mouse models, and 2 models each for pig and human, with a total of 150 samples. Meta-analysis was conducted using expression-based genome-wide association study (eGWAS). The eGWAS results were corrected for a rodent species bias using a new weighted scoring algorithm, which favors genes with unidirectional change in expression in all tested species.
Our meta-analysis corrected for a species bias, identified 46 upregulated and 1 downregulated genes, of which 26 (55%) were known to be associated with kidney IRI or kidney transplantation, including LCN2, CCL2, CXCL1, HMOX1, ICAM1, ANXA1, and TIMP1, which justified our approach. Pathway analysis of our candidates identified "Acute renal failure panel" as the most implicated pathway, which further validates our new method. Among new IRI candidates were 10 novel (<5 published reports related to kidney IRI) and 11 new candidates (0 reports related to kidney IRI) including the most prominent candidates ANXA2, CLDN4, and TYROBP. The cross-species expression pattern of these genes allowed us to generate three workable hypotheses of kidney IRI, one of which was confirmed by an additional study.
Our first in the field kidney IRI meta-analysis of 150 microarray samples, corrected for a species bias, identified 10 novel and 11 new candidate genes. Moreover, our new meta-analysis correction method improved gene candidate selection by identifying genes that are model and species independent, as a result, function of these genes can be directly extrapolated to the disease state in human and facilitate translation of potential diagnostic or therapeutic properties of these candidates to the bedside.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Acute kidney injury (AKI) caused by ischemia-reperfusion is a major clinical problem in both native and transplanted kidneys. We had previously shown that deficiency of Nrf2, a potent bZIP transcription factor that binds to the antioxidant response element, enhances susceptibility to experimental ischemic AKI. Here we further explored the role of Nrf2 in AKI by amplifying Nrf2 activation in vivo and in vitro with the synthetic triterpenoid CDDO-imidazolide. Mice treated with CDDO-imidazolide and undergoing experimental bilateral ischemic AKI had improved survival and renal function. Treated mice had improved renal histology with a decrease in tubular injury, as well as a decrease in proinflammatory cytokine and chemokine production compared with vehicle-treated mice. In an exploration of protective mechanisms, we found an upregulation of Nrf2 target antioxidant genes in CDDO-imidazolide-treated mouse kidneys. Furthermore, Nrf2-deficient mice treated with CDDO-imidazolide had no significant improvement in mortality, renal function or histology, proinflammatory cytokine gene expression, and no significant increase in antioxidant gene expression. In vitro studies demonstrated that the renal epithelial cells were likely an important target of CDDO-imidazolide. Thus, activation of Nrf2 signaling with CDDO-imidazolide confers protection from AKI, and presents a new therapeutic opportunity for this common and serious condition.Kidney International advance online publication, 2 October 2013; doi:10.1038/ki.2013.357.
Kidney International 10/2013; 85(1). DOI:10.1038/ki.2013.357 · 8.56 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) recurs after kidney transplantation in more than 30% of cases and can lead to allograft loss. Serum soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is implicated in the pathogenesis of native and recurrent FSGS.
We conducted a retrospective study of 25 adults with posttransplantation FSGS. We investigated the relationship between suPAR levels and podocyte changes and the impact of therapy on podocyte structure. We assessed response to therapy by improvement in proteinuria, allograft function, and resolution of histologic changes.
A median (interquartile range) of 15 (10-23) plasmapheresis sessions was administered; 13 of the subjects also received rituximab. Median pretreatment suPAR levels were higher among those with severe (≥75%) versus those with mild (≤25%) podocyte foot process effacement (13,030 vs. 4806 pg/mL; P=0.02). Overall, mean±SD of proteinuria improved from 5.1±3.8 to 2.1±2.8 mg/dL (P=0.003), mean podocyte effacement decreased from 57%±33% to 22%±22% (P=0.0001), estimated glomerular filtration rates increased from median (interquartile range) of 32.9 (20.6-44.2) to 39.3 (28.8-63.4; P<0.0001), and suPAR levels decreased from a median of 6.781 to 4.129 pg/mL (P=0.02) with therapy.
Podocyte effacement is the first pathologic manifestation of FSGS after transplantation. The degree of podocyte effacement correlates with suPAR levels at time of diagnosis. Response to therapy results in significant reduction of suPAR levels and complete or significant improvement of podocyte effacement.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: A comprehensive assessment of the association of patients' renal replacement therapy (RRT) modality with their participation in life activities (physical function, travel, recreation, freedom, and work) is needed. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review of peer-reviewed published studies. SETTING & POPULATION: Adults undergoing RRT (hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, or transplantation). SELECTION CRITERIA FOR STUDIES: We searched PubMed, Cochrane Library, and EMBASE from January 1980 through April 2012 for English-language articles that compared participation in life activities among patients receiving: (1) hemodialysis compared with peritoneal dialysis, (2) hemodialysis compared with kidney transplantation, or (3) peritoneal dialysis compared with kidney transplantation. PREDICTOR: RRT modality. OUTCOMES: Reported rates of physical function, travel, recreation, freedom, and work-related activities by RRT modality. RESULTS: 46 studies (6 prospective cohort, 38 cross-sectional, and 2 pre-post transplantation) provided relevant comparisons of life participation activities among patients treated with hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and kidney transplantation. Studies were conducted in 1985-2011 among diverse patient populations in 16 distinct locations. A majority of studies reported greater life participation rates for patients with kidney transplants compared with patients receiving either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. In contrast, a majority of studies reported no differences in outcomes between patients receiving hemodialysis and patients receiving peritoneal dialysis. These results were consistent throughout the study period, across diverse populations, and among the subset of studies that performed appropriate adjustments for potential confounding factors. LIMITATIONS: Many studies included in the review had significant design weaknesses. CONCLUSIONS: Evidence suggests that patients with kidney transplants may experience better rates of life participation compared with patients receiving dialysis, whereas patients receiving hemodialysis and patients receiving peritoneal dialysis may experience similar rates of life participation. Rigorously performed studies are needed to better inform patients about the association of RRT with these important patient-reported outcomes.
American Journal of Kidney Diseases 05/2013; 62(5). DOI:10.1053/j.ajkd.2013.03.022 · 5.90 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cardiorenal syndrome type 5 (CRS-5) includes conditions where there is a simultaneous involvement of the heart and kidney from a systemic disorder. Given the wide spectrum of diseases that contribute to CRS-5, several pathophysiological mechanisms are invoked representing the response of the heart and kidney to the contributing disorder that is ongoing. The nature, duration and the underlying condition of the heart and kidney strongly influence the clinical course of CRS-5. In this paper we discuss the pathophysiology of CRS-5 in the setting of sepsis as a model system for CRS-5 providing a brief overview of strategies for monitoring and therapeutic intervention. We offer a framework for reference for considering other disorders leading to CRS-5 where the development of cardiac and renal dysfunction is more insidious.
Contributions to nephrology 05/2013; 182:174-194. DOI:10.1159/000349970 · 1.80 Impact Factor