Qingfeng Fan

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BACKGROUND A recent epidemic of melamine contamination of baby formula in China has been associated with the development of urinary tract stones, though the clinical manifestations and predisposing factors are incompletely delineated. METHODS We administered a questionnaire to the parents of children 36 months of age or younger who were being screened for(More)
A lot of mutations of podocin, a key protein of podocyte slit diaphragm (SD), have been found both in hereditary and sporadic focal segmental glomeruloscleorosis (FSGS). Nevertheless, the mechanisms of podocyte injury induced by mutant podocins are still unclear. A compound heterozygous podocin mutation was identified in our FSGS patient, leading to a(More)
BACKGROUND Pierson syndrome is typically manifested with congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS) and peculiar ocular changes. LAMB2 was the causative gene. METHODS A 3.25-year-old girl presenting with childhood-onset heavy proteinuria, bilateral myosis and nystagmus was detected on mutations of LAMB2 gene by PCR direct sequencing. RESULTS Two novel(More)
Transient receptor potential cation channel 6 (TRPC6) is one of the key molecules for filtration barrier function of podocytes. Over-expression of TRPC6 in podocytes is frequently found in acquired or inherited proteinuric kidney diseases, and animal model over-expression of TRPC6 may lead to proteinuria. To investigate the impact of TRPC6 over-expression(More)
In Chinese children with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS), it was reported that NPHS2 mutation was detected in 4.3%, which was lower than that in Caucasians (10-30%). However, there were no data on WT1 mutation in nephrotic syndrome (NS), especially in early-onset NS of Chinese children. Thus, a study, which enrolled 36 Chinese children with(More)
Podocyte and its slit diaphragm play an important role in maintaining normal glomerular filtration barrier function and structure. Podocyte apoptosis and slit diaphragm injury leads to proteinuria and glomerulosclerosis. However, the molecular mechanism of podocyte injury remains poorly understood. The family of mitogen-activated protein kinases including(More)
Recently, the novel podocyte proteins podocin, nephrin, and alpha-actinin-4 have been identified in three congenital/family nephrotic syndromes, respectively. Further studies showed that these podocyte proteins were involved in some acquired nephrotic syndromes and various experimental models of proteinuria. However, the molecular interactions among these(More)
Angiotensin II (Ang II) has been recognized as an apoptosis inducer in podocytes, but the mechanism of apoptosis induced by Ang II is unclear. Transient receptor potential cation channel 6 (TRPC6) is a calcium channel located in podocyte membrane. The present study evaluated the alteration of TRPC6 expression and the Ca(2+) influx involved in Ang II-induced(More)
BACKGROUND Dysfunction of mitochondria is involved in podocyte injury in some kidney diseases, but the relationship between abnormal mitochondrial morphology and podocyte injury as well as the underlying mechanism is still unclear. This study aims to investigate dynamic changes of mitochondrial morphology and the potential molecular events in an adriamycin(More)
The mechanisms of podocyte disorders in cases of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS) are complex and remain incompletely elucidated. The abnormal regulation of NF-κB may play a key role in the pathophysiology of these podocyte diseases, but at present, NF-κB has not been thoroughly investigated. In this study, we report that induction of c-mip in podocytes(More)