Jorge C Isaac

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Severe acute renal failure (ARF) remains a common, largely treatment-resistant clinical problem with disturbingly high mortality rates. Therefore, we tested whether administration of multipotent mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) to anesthetized rats with ischemia-reperfusion-induced ARF (40-min bilateral renal pedicle clamping) could improve the outcome through(More)
BACKGROUND Stem cell and leukocyte migration during homeostasis and inflammation is regulated by a number of chemokines. Stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) and its receptor CXCR4 are important mediators of leukocyte homeostasis. The postischemic kidney has been shown to recruit different leukocyte populations, including bone marrow-derived stem cells.(More)
Glomerulopathic light chains (LCs) are associated with two distinct mesangiopathies: AL (light-chain-related) amyloidosis and light-chain deposition disease (LCDD) with immunomorphologic features that are well documented in the literature. Even though both conditions are caused by monoclonal LCs, these entities differ dramatically in their morphologic(More)
Acute renal failure (ARF), resulting from ischemic or toxic insults, remains a major health care problem because of its grave prognosis and the limited effectiveness of available treatment modalities. On the basis of the recent demonstration that hematopoietic stem cells can differentiate into renal cells and the authors' observation here that ARF results(More)
The regulation of renal function by extracellular nucleotides encompasses alterations in glomerular hemodynamics, microvascular function, tubuloglomerular feedback, tubular transport, cell growth or apoptosis, and transport of water and solutes in the medullary collecting duct. Nearly all cells can release ATP or other nucleotides that are then rapidly(More)
This study was designed to determine if cytological detection of 5-methylcytosine (5MC) was feasible on prostate tumor sections and to determine if levels of 5MC differed in malignant compared to normal prostate tissue. We further sought to see if 5MC levels correlated with any clinical outcome data. Thirty prostate tumor sections were obtained from(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is involved in angiogenesis, wound healing and inflammation. VEGF exerts its effect via the tyrosine kinase receptors Flt-1 and KDR/Flk-1. We have previously shown that VEGF is up-regulated in a chronic cyclosporine (CsA) nephrotoxicity model. Our current study examined the role of angiotensin II (Ang II)(More)
Using morphological and molecular approaches, we characterized cisplatin-induced cell necrosis and apoptosis in rat kidney. Male Sprague-Dawley rats (n=5 per group) received a single intraperitoneal injection of either cisplatin (5 mg/kg) or saline, and were killed on day 5. Functionally, cisplatin-treated rats developed polyuric acute renal failure.(More)
C1q nephropathy is a distinct entity characterized by extensive and dominant C1q mesangial deposition with associated steroid resistant proteinuria in the absence of systemic lupus erythematosus. Several morphological patterns ranging from very subtle glomerular alterations to focal/segmental glomerulosclerosis and mesangial proliferative changes have been(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is involved in angiogenesis, wound healing, and inflammation and exerts its effect via tyrosine kinase receptors, fms-like tyrosine kinase (Flt-1) and fetal liver kinase (Flk-1 or KDR). We have previously shown that VEGF is up-regulated in a model of chronic cyclosporine (CsA) nephrotoxicity and that(More)