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IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is a kidney disease with a varying renal prognosis. Recently, many studies have demonstrated that renal alpha-smooth muscle actin (alpha-SMA) and transforming growth factor (TGF-beta1) expression, as well interstitial mast cell infiltrates could represent a prognostic marker in several renal diseases. The aim of our study was to(More)
Renal biopsies of 69 patients with lupus nephritis were studied according to the WHO classification. The aim of the present study was to correlate the interstitial tryptase-positive mast cells with the interstitial TGF-beta1 and alpha-SM actin expression and clinical outcome of lupus nephritis, and identify the pathological role of the interstitial(More)
A mucinous tubular and spindle cell carcinoma (MTSCC) is a rare and recently described kidney neoplasm with distal nephron differentiation. It can affect patients of all ages and is more prevalent among women. In this case report, we present a 50-year-old woman who had a renal mass, which was accidently discovered during an investigation for chronic anemia.(More)
INTRODUCTION Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a family of distinct tumors, and a variety of molecules have been evaluated as prognostic markers for RCC. Cyclin D1, a cell cycle regulator, is overexpressed in several primary tumors. OBJECTIVE To evaluate cyclin D1 expression as a prognostic marker in RCC. METHOD In total, 109 tumor specimens from patients(More)
Some studies have demonstrated the involvement of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kB) in the pathogenesis of glomerulonephritis. The aim of our study was twofold: (1) to analyze the prognostic value of NF-kB expression in primary IgA nephropathy (IgAN) and (2) to compare the results of NF-kB expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and southwestern(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The urinary concentration of the monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (uMCP-1) chemokine is increased in several proteinuric and/or inflammatory renal diseases. In the present study, we evaluated the association between uMCP-1 and renal function, proteinuria, glomerular and interstitial macrophage infiltration, and renal fibrosis in patients(More)
Renal biopsies of 86 patients with lupus nephritis were assessed according to the WHO classification, and according to activity and chronicity indices. The aim of the present study was to correlate clinical, and histological features (WHO class, activity and chronicity indices, and alpha-SM actin expression) with the progression of lupus nephritis, and(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of our study were as follows: 1) to analyze the prognostic value of macrophage infiltration in primary IgA nephropathy (IgAN) and 2) to study the relationship between macrophages and other factors associated with the development of renal fibrosis, including mast cells, TGF-β1, α-SMA and NF-kB. METHODS We analyzed 62 patients who(More)
Recent studies have demonstrated that alpha-Smooth Muscle actin expression in glomerular and tubulointerstitial compartments of renal tissue could represent a prognostic marker in several renal diseases. Our objective was to identify the prognostic value of alpha-SM actin actin expression on the evolution of renal damage in Primary IgA nephropathy (Berger's(More)
AIMS The protein alpha1-microglobulin (alpha1-microg) is filtered by the glomeruli and fully reabsorbed by the proximal tubules, and tubulointerstitial injury compromises its reabsorption. The aim of this study was to determine which functional, morphological and inflammatory renal disorders associated with tubulointerstitial damage interfere with urinary(More)