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Bacterial LPS has diverse effects on the function of immune cells, in general, and macrophages, in particular. The intracellular molecular events that mediate the effects of LPS are unclear. We undertook a series of studies in thioglycollate-elicited murine peritoneal macrophages to evaluate the effect of LPS on expression of Egr-1, a member of the(More)
The Wilms' tumor suppressor, WT1, is a zinc finger transcriptional regulator which exists as multiple forms owing to alternative mRNA splicing. The most abundant splicing variants contain a nine-nucleotide insertion encoding lysine, threonine, and serine (KTS) in the H-C link region between the third and fourth WT1 zinc fingers which disrupts binding to a(More)
Upon interaction with activated endothelium, monocytes and neutrophils form complexes of myeloid-related protein 8 (MRP8) (S100A8) and MRP14 (S100A9), two members of the calcium-binding S100 family that are secreted during transendothelial migration. In a pilot study of 20 renal transplant recipients and a validation study of 36 renal transplant recipients,(More)
Because of its availability, ease of collection, and correlation with physiology and pathology, urine is an attractive source for clinical proteomics/peptidomics. However, the lack of comparable data sets from large cohorts has greatly hindered the development of clinical proteomics. Here, we report the establishment of a reproducible, high resolution(More)
Renal activity and smoldering disease is difficult to assess in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis (AAV) because of renal scarring. Even repeated biopsies suffer from sampling errors in this focal disease especially in patients with chronic renal insufficiency. We applied capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry toward(More)
The Wilms' tumor suppressor gene WT1 encodes a zinc-finger DNA-binding protein that functions as a transcriptional repressor. WT1 is expressed in a dramatic spatial and temporal pattern during kidney development and is thought to be critical during mesenchymal-epithelial conversion. The WT1 protein bound multiple sites in the WT1 promoter and functioned as(More)
BACKGROUND The anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides are a group of heterogeneous diseases. This study was undertaken to investigate the outcome of Wegener's granulomatosis (WG), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) and renal-limited vasculitis (RLV). Furthermore, we analysed the differences in patients with proteinase 3-ANCA(More)
BACKGROUND IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common chronic glomerular disease in adults. End-stage renal disease (ESRD) develops in about 30% of the patients. Early intervention and consequent therapy may prevent or at least delay the development of ESRD in these patients. Up to now, the diagnosis could only be achieved with a renal biopsy. METHODS The(More)
Increase of glomerular mesangial cells (MCs) is a prominent histopathological finding in many types of glomerulonephritis. We have shown previously that expression of the zinc-finger transcription factor, early growth response gene-1 (egr-1), is closely correlated with the proliferation of cultured MCs. To elucidate whether Egr-1 is required for MC(More)