Our research broadens the knowledge of kidney disease.
Incorporating kidney disease measures into cardiovascular risk prediction: Development and validation in 9 million adults from 72 datasets
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) measures (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] and albuminuria) are frequently assessed in clinical practice and improve the prediction of incident cardiovascular disease (CVD), yet most major clinical guidelines do not have a standardized approach for incorporating these measures into CVD risk prediction. “CKD Patch” is a validated method to calibrate and improve the predicted risk from established equations according to CKD measures.
US Clinicians’ Experiences and Perspectives on Resource Limitation and Patient Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Importance: Little is known about how US clinicians have responded to resource limitation during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Objective: To describe the perspectives and experiences of clinicians involved in institutional planning for resource limitation and/or patient care during the pandemic. Design, Setting, and Participants: This qualitative study used inductive thematic analysis of semistructured interviews conducted in April and May 2020 with a national group of clinicians (eg, intensivists, nephrologists, nurses) involved in institutional planning and/or clinical care during the COVID-19 pandemic across the United States. Main Outcomes and Measures Emergent themes describing clinicians’ experience providing care in settings of resource limitation. Results: The 61 participants (mean [SD] age, 46  years; 38 [63%] women) included in this study were practicing in 15 US states and were more heavily sampled from areas with the highest rates of COVID-19 infection at the time of interviews (ie, Seattle, New York City, New Orleans)...
Neutrophil Activation and Neutrophil Extracellular Trap Formation in Dialysis Patients
The removal of metabolic waste by passing blood through synthetic tubing and membranes generates an immune response, even with the most biocompatible materials available. We evaluated blood levels of neutrophil activation and cell death during dialysis to devise a set of markers by which future dialysis interventions might be measured for biocompatibility.
A Targeted Multiomics Approach to Identify Biomarkers Associated with Rapid eGFR Decline in Type 1 Diabetes
Background: Individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D) demonstrate varied trajectories of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) decline. The molecular pathways underlying rapid eGFR decline in T1D are poorly understood, and individual-level risk of rapid eGFR decline is difficult to predict. Methods: We designed a case-control study with multiple exposure measurements nested within 4 well-characterized T1D cohorts (FinnDiane, Steno, EDC, and CACTI) to identify biomarkers associated with rapid eGFR decline.
Differences in 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Clearance by eGFR and Race: A Pharmacokinetic Study
The pharmacokinetic clearance of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) is an essential, yet often overlooked, determinant of the concentration of circulating 25(OH)D, the prevailing marker of vitamin-D status. Observational studies have associated markers of low 25(OH)D clearance with poor clinical outcomes and suggest differences in clearance by kidney function and race. In this study, the authors used gold-standard pharmacokinetic methods to show that reduced 25(OH)D clearance is associated with worsening eGFR. They also found that, among participants with normal eGFR, but not among those with CKD or kidney failure, Black participants had higher 25(OH)D clearance compared with White participants. These findings confirm impaired 25(OH)D clearance as a feature of disordered mineral metabolism in kidney disease, and may provide some insight into racial differences in vitamin-D metabolism.
Interspecies blastocyst complementation
Transplantation, Bioengineering, and Regeneration of the Endocrine Pancreas - Volume 2, Pages 447-457, Chapter 32 - Interspecies blastocyst complementation. The complexity of the pancreas poses a challenge for stem cell-based bioengineering. An alternative strategy is to grow human pancreas in a host species, such as a pig. An emerging technique to potentially accomplish this feat is interspecies blastocyst complementation (IBC). In IBC, pluripotent stem cells from a donor species are implanted within a host embryo to fill an organ niche (deficiency). These contribute majorly to the niche organ but negligibly elsewhere in the resulting embryo, which is a chimera. IBC has been used to generate a mostly rat pancreas within a mouse, or vice versa. Mouse pancreas islets grown in rat can rescue diabetic phenotypes in mice after transplantation. Equivalent experiments have not yet been successful in humans, due to both technical and ethical hurdles. Improvements in gene editing and immune regulation may provide a path forward for human organ generation in animal hosts appropriate for clinical transplantation.
Temporal Relationship of Glycemia With Cardiac Arrhythmias in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and CKD
We demonstrated that hypoglycemia is common in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and T2D;5 and these patients have high rates of cardiac arrythmias.6 However, the association of glycemia with arrythmias in patients with CKD and T2D remains poorly elucidated; and even small relative differences in glucose may be important. Using continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and mobile cardiac telemetry, there are new opportunities to characterize the temporality of glycemia with onset of an arrhythmia. In this study, we explored the association of glycemia with occurrence of cardiac arrythmias in patients with CKD and T2D.
Global transcriptomic changes occur in aged mouse podocytes
Glomerular podocytes undergo structural and functional changes with advanced age, that; increase susceptibility of aging kidneys to worse outcomes following superimposed glomerular; diseases. To delineate transcriptional changes in podocytes in aged mice, RNA-seq was performed on isolated populations of reporter-labeled (tdTomato) podocytes from multiple young (two to three months) and advanced aged mice (22 to 24 months, equivalent to 70 plus year old humans).
Effects of long-term vitamin D and n-3 fatty acid supplementation on inflammatory and cardiac biomarkers in patients with type 2 diabetes: secondary analyses from a randomised controlled trial
Interventions that reduce inflammation may delay progression of microvascular and macrovascular complications in diabetes. We examined the effects of vitamin D3 and/or n-3 fatty acid supplementation vs placebo on 5 year changes in serum inflammatory and cardiac biomarkers in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Circulating testican-2 is a podocyte-derived marker of kidney health
All existing blood biomarkers of kidney function such as creatinine and cystatin C undergo renal clearance and are thus inversely correlated with estimated glomerular filtrate rate (eGFR). Using a proteomic approach, we highlight the renal release of testican-2 among individuals undergoing invasive catheterization and show that higher blood testican-2 levels are associated with higher eGFR and slower rate of subsequent eGFR decline in two large racially diverse cohorts. In conjunction with microscopy and single-cell RNA sequencing of human kidney samples, these studies advance the concept that a protein released by the podocyte can provide insight into the kidney’s health and prognosis. Cell-based studies also raise the possibility that this protein has functional effects on neighboring glomerular endothelial cells.