Nicoletta Serpieri

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BACKGROUND Aging is characterized by a decline in renal function and by a susceptibility to renal diseases. However it is not clear whether the observed changes are solely hemodynamic, structural or both. We evaluated renal function, functional reserve (RFR) and morphology in healthy elderly individuals. METHODS Healthy participants (n=19) were divided(More)
Although several reports suggest an antifibrogenic effect of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), an increased deposition of matrix induced by HGF has also been reported. These conflicting effects could result from a diverse proliferative state of the target cells. Aim of the present study was to evaluate HGF effects on growth arrested (quiescent) and actively(More)
Vascular accesses are essential for effective dialysis treatment. Arteriovenous fistulas, grafts and central venous catheters are the options available to the nephrologist, but they all have their pros and cons. All of the 3 types of vascular access share the same complications but at different rates, and their costs vary enormously, with on balance the(More)
BACKGROUND Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is a major cause of acute renal failure in kidney transplantation; however, the mechanisms of kidney damage and repair are not yet clear. So far no treatment has been effective to prevent I/R injury. In the present study we evaluated the effect of erythropoetin (EPO) in I/R injury in rats. We investigated the(More)
BACKGROUND Ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) is present at various degrees in kidney transplants. I/R plays a major role in early function and long-term survival of renal allograft. The purpose of our study was to determine if immunosuppressants modulate I/R in a model that separates I/R from all immune responses. METHODS Sprague-Dawley rats with monolateral(More)
BACKGROUND Nowadays it seems that chronic kidney disease (CKD) is outbreaking, mostly in the elderly participants. The aim of this study was to assess the progression of CKD in different ages. METHODS We conducted a monocentric, retrospective, observational study enrolling 116 patients afferent to our outpatient clinic. INCLUSION CRITERIA age >18 years,(More)
Erythropoietin-stimulating agents (ESAs) are commonly used to treat anemia in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs). Since 2007, continuous erythropoietin receptor activator (CERA) has been one of the newest recombinant ESAs to treat anemia in dialysis and nondialysis patients with chronic kidney disease. The efficacy of CERA to manage anemia has not been(More)
Spontaneous renal bleeding mainly occurs in patients with polycystic kidney diseases or cancer. Indeed, despite the high prevalence of simple cysts, their spontaneous atraumatic rupture is a rare event. Underlying mechanisms may involve the increase of intracystic pressure and/or the development of a haemorrhage into the cyst. Management of this condition(More)
We studied Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (MSC) effects in experimental Unilateral Ureteral Obstruction (UUO), a fibrogenic renal disease. Rats were divided in 5 groups: sham, UUO, MSC treated-UUO, ACEi treated-UUO, MSC+ACEi treated- UUO. Data were collected at 1, 7, 21 days. UUO induced monocyte renal infiltration, tubular cell apoptosis, tubular atrophy,(More)
Mesangial cell (MC) proliferation and production of extracellular matrix or loss of MC are both central findings in a number of renal proteinuric diseases. However, the role of MC as components of the glomerular filtration barrier and whether MC alterations induce changes in the glomerular filtration barrier leading to proteinuria are still matters of(More)