Luis F. Quintana

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BACKGROUND The phenotype of renal involvement in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) vasculitis has a major influence on survival, and histological subgrouping of diagnostic renal biopsies has been proposed to aid in the prediction of renal outcome. We aimed to validate this histological subgrouping and to investigate the additional value of ANCA(More)
Despite optimal immunosuppressive therapy, more than 50% of kidney transplants fail because of chronic allograft dysfunction. A noninvasive means to diagnose chronic allograft dysfunction may allow earlier interventions that could improve graft half-life. In this proof-of-concept study, we used mass spectrometry to analyze differences in the urinary(More)
Vasculitides associated with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) serum positivity affecting small and medium-sized vessels are defined as ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Glomerulonephritis in AAV is characterized by focal necrosis, crescent formation, and few or no immunoglobulin deposits. In vitro and animal evidence suggests that ANCA play a(More)
The advent of quantitative proteomics opens new opportunities in biomedical and clinical research. Although quantitative proteomics methods based on stable isotope labeling are in general preferred for biomolecular research, biomarker discovery is a case example of a biomedical problem that may be better addressed by using label-free MS techniques. As a(More)
BACKGROUND Sirolimus (SRL) is a potent and specific immunosuppressive drug used in organ transplantation, as basic therapy or in combination with calcineurin inhibitors. Although SRL is a nonnephrotoxic drug, many reports have related its use with the development of proteinuria, especially after conversion. Therefore, the aim of this study was to elucidate(More)
INTRODUCTION Despite advances in therapeutics, graft loss associated with chronic allograft dysfunction (CAD) remains high. Urinary proteomic analysis is a noninvasive method that could be used to detect and evaluate CAD in renal transplant recipients. This study was aimed to establish the normal proteome map of stable transplant patients and to validate(More)
The arachidonic acid-derived metabolite 12-(S)hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (12(S)-HETE), catalyzed by 12-lipoxygenase (12-LOX, ALOX12), exhibits a variety of biological activities with implications in cardiovascular disease. Previous studies have shown higher urinary excretion of this metabolite in essential hypertension. The aim of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with end-stage renal disease have a reduced response to vaccination because of the general suppression of the immune system associated with uraemia. OBJECTIVES We evaluated the immune response and differential factors in the immunogenicity to an adjuvanted A(H1N1) pdm09 vaccine (Pandemrix(®) ) in four populations of renal patients(More)
Pregnancy-associated atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome is a systemic disease associated with high morbidity and mortality rates, caused by dysregulation of the alternative complement pathway, leading to uncontrolled complement activation resulting in thrombotic microangiopathy. This condition can be effectively treated by anti-C5 therapy, which controls(More)
UNLABELLED The aim was to study the influence of sirolimus (SRL) on body weight in a rat model and in kidney transplant patients. Wistar rats (15 weeks old) were either treated with vehicle (VEH; n = 8) or SRL (n = 7) 1.0 mg/kg three times per week for 12 weeks. Body mass and food intake were measured weekly. Adipocyte diameter was determined in(More)