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A prospective randomised trial was carried out in 14 patients with severe 'idiopathic' acute crescentic glomerulonephritis. The mean percentage of crescents was 78 per cent and 11 patients were anuric at presentation. Eight patients received pulses of methylprednisolone, immunosuppressive drugs and anticoagulants and six the same therapeutic regimen plus(More)
Renal transplant recipients have disproportionately high rates of arteriosclerotic outcomes, and recent studies provided controlled evidence that clinically stable renal transplant recipients have an excess prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia. Few studies suggest that hyperhomocysteinemia may be a cardiovascular risk factor in renal transplant recipients. In(More)
AIMS To determine the respective roles of donor and recipient factors in the subsequent development of hypertension after renal transplantation. PATIENTS AND METHODS All the patients transplanted between January 1990 and December 1999 who still had a functioning graft 1 year post-transplant (n = 321) were retrospectively studied. Blood pressure was(More)
Metabolic syndrome (MS) and obesity participate in the pathogenesis of kidney disease. We explored the impact of MS and post-transplant weight gain on graft survival. Two hundred ninety-two renal transplant recipients (RTRs) were included in the study. Various parameters (e.g. anthropometric, biological) were measured at the time of transplantation as well(More)
BACKGROUND Insulin resistance with compensatory hyperinsulinaemia has been reported in adult polycystic kidney disease (APKD) patients. Diabetes mellitus is a common complication following transplantation and previous studies have demonstrated that inadequate insulin secretion was a prerequisite for the development of post-transplant diabetes mellitus(More)
Apoptotic leukocytes are endowed with immunomodulatory properties that can be used to enhance hematopoietic engraftment and prevent graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). This apoptotic cell-induced tolerogenic effect is mediated by host macrophages and not recipient dendritic cells or donor phagocytes present in the bone marrow graft as evidenced by selective(More)
A French kindred with autosomal dominant hereditary renal amyloidosis was found to have a novel mutation in the fibrinogen Aalpha-chain gene. In this kindred, renal disease appeared early in life and led to terminal renal failure at an early age. Renal transplantation resulted in rapid destruction of the allograft by amyloid deposition within 2 years.(More)
Plaque-forming cell (PFC) assays were used to investigate in vitro the immunoregulatory mechanism operating in the self-limiting anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) autoantibody response of Brown Norway (BN) rats given HgCl2. The peak splenic PFC response occurred at day 9; thereafter the response fell sharply and was rarely detected after day 12. In(More)
Urinary TNF-alpha excretion correlates with proteinuria in patients with membranous nephropathy (MGN). Pentoxifylline suppresses or reduces the production of TNF-alpha. Between April, 1999 and August, 2000, we did a single-centre, prospective, pilot study to assess the effects of pentoxifylline (1200 mg/day) on proteinuria in patients with idiopathic MGN.(More)