Laura M C Barisoni

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Podocytes are highly differentiated, postmitotic cells, whose function is largely based on their complex cytoarchitecture. The differentiation of podocytes coincides with progressive expression of maturity markers, including WT-1, CALLA, C3b receptor, GLEPP-1, podocalyxin, and synaptopodin. In collapsing forms of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS),(More)
Primary coenzyme Q(10) (CoQ(10)) deficiency includes a group of rare autosomal recessive disorders primarily characterized by neurological and muscular symptoms. Rarely, glomerular involvement has been reported. The COQ2 gene encodes the para-hydroxybenzoate-polyprenyl-transferase enzyme of the CoQ(10) synthesis pathway. We identified two patients with(More)
We report the cloning and functional characterization of myopodin, the second member of the synaptopodin gene family. Myopodin shows no significant homology to any known protein except synaptopodin. Northern blot analysis resulted in a 3.6-kb transcript for mouse skeletal and heart muscle. Western blots showed an 80-kD signal for skeletal and a 95-kD signal(More)
A review of all native kidney biopsies at our center from 1974 to 1993 identified 43 cases of idiopathic focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) with predominantly collapsing features and lacking evidence of HIV-1 infection or intravenous drug use. No case was identified before 1979 and the incidence of this entity has progressively increased over the(More)
A spectrum of proteinuric glomerular diseases results from podocyte abnormalities. The understanding of these podocytopathies has greatly expanded in recent years, particularly with the discovery of more than a dozen genetic mutations that are associated with loss of podocyte functional integrity. It is apparent that classification of the podocytopathies on(More)
Collapsing glomerulopathy is a proliferative disease defined by segmental or global wrinkling of the glomerular basement membranes associated with podocyte proliferation. These lesions are particularly poor responders to standard therapies. First described as an idiopathic disorder or following HIV infection, it is now associated with a broad group of(More)
Collapsing glomerulopathy (CG) has become an important cause of ESRD. First delineated from other proteinuric glomerular lesions in the 1980s, CG is now recognized as a common, distinct pattern of proliferative parenchymal injury that portends a rapid loss of renal function and poor responses to empiric therapy. Notwithstanding, the rise in disorders that(More)
Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is a mass-forming chronic fibroinflammatory condition centered on the pancreatobiliary system and characterized by predominant immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-positive plasma cells. Recent reports have brought to light the multiorgan involvement of this disease. We describe a series of 5 cases of tubulointerstitial nephritis (TIN)(More)
BACKGROUND Mature podocytes are growth-arrested because of the expression of cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors. Under pathological conditions, podocytes may undergo mitosis, but not cell division. Exceptions to this rule are collapsing glomerulopathies (CGs), including HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN) and idiopathic CG, where podocytes undergo a(More)
HIV infection is associated with several renal syndromes, including acute renal failure. Chronic renal failure directly linked to HIV infection includes thrombotic microangiopathic renal diseases, immune-mediated glomerulonephritides, and HIV-associated nephropathy. A renal biopsy may be necessary for diagnosis. The development of HIV-associated nephropathy(More)