Jack F. M. Wetzels

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BACKGROUND Antibodies against HLA antigens cause refractory allograft rejection with vasculopathy in some, but not all, patients. METHODS We studied 33 kidney-transplant recipients who had refractory vascular rejection. Thirteen had donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies, whereas 20 did not. Malignant hypertension was present in 16 of the patients without(More)
The phospholipase A(2) receptor (PLA(2)R) is the major target antigen in idiopathic membranous nephropathy. The technique for measuring antibodies against PLA(2)R and the relationship between antibody titer and clinical characteristics are not well established. Here, we measured anti-PLA(2)R (aPLA(2)R) antibody titer and subclass in a well defined cohort of(More)
CONTEXT Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is prevalent in older individuals, but the risk implications of low estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and high albuminuria across the full age range are controversial. OBJECTIVE To evaluate possible effect modification (interaction) by age of the association of eGFR and albuminuria with clinical risk,(More)
CONTEXT Cardiovascular mortality is considered the main cause of death in patients receiving dialysis and is 10 to 20 times higher in such patients than in the general population. OBJECTIVE To evaluate if high overall mortality in patients starting dialysis is a consequence of increased cardiovascular mortality risk only or whether noncardiovascular(More)
We studied here the independent associations of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and albuminuria with mortality and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD). We performed a collaborative meta-analysis of 13 studies totaling 21,688 patients selected for CKD of diverse etiology. After adjustment for potential(More)
The soluble urokinase receptor (suPAR) promotes proteinuria and induces focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)-like lesions in mice. A serum suPAR concentration cutoff of 3000 pg/ml has been proposed as a clinical biomarker for patients with FSGS. Interestingly, several studies in patients with glomerulopathy found an inverse correlation between the(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Circulating autoantibodies against the M-type phospholipase A(2) receptor (anti-PLA(2)R) were recently identified in the majority of patients in the United States with idiopathic membranous nephropathy (iMN). The objectives of this study were to assess the prevalence of anti-PLA(2)R in a separate, European cohort of iMN patients(More)
Sir, Minimal change disease (MCNS) accounts for 70–90% of the cases of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome in children. Most patients respond to steroid therapy. However, the relapse rate is high and 50% of patients are steroiddependent or frequent-relapsers [1]. These patients are often treated with other immunosuppressive agents, such as cyclophosphamide or(More)
Regeneration of injured tubular cells occurs after acute tubular necrosis primarily from intrinsic renal cells. This may occur from a pre-existing intratubular stem/progenitor cell population or from any surviving proximal tubular cell. In this study, we characterize a CD24-, CD133-, and vimentin-positive subpopulation of cells scattered throughout the(More)
BACKGROUND A working group has defined five subtypes of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) based on light microscopic assessment (Columbia classification). Limited information is available on the prognostic and therapeutic implications of this classification in a European population. We conducted a retrospective analysis in 93 adult patients with(More)