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This prospective, randomized controlled study was designed to examine the effects of oral adsorbent AST-120 on the progression of chronic renal failure (CRF) in patients on a strict low protein diet (LPD). Twenty-six patients with CRF (serum creatinine 3.0 to 8.6 mg/dl) on a LPD were randomly assigned to a control group (N = 13) or an AST-120 group (N =(More)
We investigated the effects of endothelins on receptor-mediated cyclic nucleotide metabolism in rat glomerulus, inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD), and also in cultured rat glomerular mesangial cells. Endothelin (ET)-3 dose-dependently stimulated cGMP accumulation in glomerulus, which was higher than that of ET-1 or ET-2. ETB receptor agonist IRL 1620(More)
We investigated immunohistochemical localization of V2 vasopressin receptor along the nephron using a specific polyclonal antibody. Staining was observed in some of thick ascending limbs and all of principal and inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD) cells. Not only basolateral but also luminal membrane was stained in collecting ducts, especially in(More)
We have previously demonstrated that indoxyl sulfate is a stimulating factor for the progression of glomerular sclerosis in uremic rats. In this study we determined if a low-protein diet or oral sorbent (AST-120) could reduce the serum and urine levels of indoxyl sulfate in 5/6-nephrectomized uremic rats and undialyzed uremic patients. The uremic rats were(More)
Radial arterial spasm in uremic patients undergoing construction of internal arteriovenous (AV) dialysis fistulas was investigated transcutaneously using ultrasonic Doppler flowmetry. In 5 of 15 patients, radial arterial blood flow was significantly decreased 5 min after anastomosing the radial cephalic vein with the radial artery (14.3 +/- 4.5%, mean +/-(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Diabetic nephropathy is one of the primary diseases of refractory renal failure and heads the list of patients undergoing dialysis. Therefore, it is very important to get treatment in incipient nephropathy. METHODS Twenty-seven patients in incipient diabetic nephropathy of type 2 diabetes mellitus who showed signs of microalbuminuria were(More)
We identified and quantified indoxyl-beta-D-glucuronide in uremic serum and urine to determine the metabolism of indoles including indoxyl sulfate in uremic patients. Serum levels of indoxyl-beta-D-glucuronide were markedly increased in undialyzed uremic patients, in patients on hemodialysis, and in patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis.(More)
We evaluated serum angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) activity and thyroid function to determine the importance as prognostic factors in acute renal failure (ARF). Among 37 ARF patients, 24 survived (recovered group) and 13 died (lethal group). Both serum thyroxine (T4) level and ACE activity were lower in ARF as a whole group (n = 37) than normal control(More)
We recently demonstrated that indoxyl sulfate is a stimulating factor for the progression of chronic renal failure (CRF). In this study we determined whether the urine or serum levels of indoxyl sulfate are related to the progression rate of CRF in undialyzed uremic patients. Fifty-five CRF patients with a serum creatinine of >2 mg/dl who had not been(More)
Radial arterial spasm in uremic patients undergoing construction of internal arteriovenous (AV) dialysis fistulas was investigated transcutaneously using ultrasonic Doppler flowmetry. In 6 of 16 control patients, the radial arterial blood flow was significantly decreased for 20 min after anastomosing, indicating vasospasm. Vasospasm did not occur in 15(More)