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Virzi G.M.,San Bortolo Hospital | Virzi G.M.,IRRIV International Renal Research Institute | Virzi G.M.,University of Padua | Clementi A.,IRRIV International Renal Research Institute | And 8 more authors.
CardioRenal Medicine | Year: 2014

The organ crosstalk can be defined as the complex biological communication and feedback between distant organs mediated via cellular, molecular, neural, endocrine and paracrine factors. In the normal state, this crosstalk helps to maintain homeostasis and optimal functioning of the human body. However, during disease states this very crosstalk can carry over the influence of the diseased organ to initiate and perpetuate structural and functional dysfunction in the other organs. Heart performance and kidney function are intimately interconnected, and the communication between these organs occurs through a variety of bidirectional pathways. The cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) is defined as a complex pathophysiological disorder of the heart and the kidneys whereby acute or chronic dysfunction in one organ may induce acute or chronic dysfunction in the other organ. In particular, CRS type 1 is characterized by a rapid worsening of the cardiac function leading to acute kidney injury. This clinical condition requires a more complex management given its more complicated hospital course and higher mortality. A lot of research has emerged in the last years trying to explain the pathophysiology of CRS type 1 which remains in part poorly understood. This review primarily focuses on the hemodynamic and nonhemodynamic mechanisms involved in this syndrome. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.

Virzi G.M.,St Bortolo Hospital | Virzi G.M.,IRRIV International Renal Research Institute | Virzi G.M.,University of Padua | Bruson A.,University of Padua | And 11 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis | Year: 2014

Background: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is an inherited condition caused by PKD1 and PKD2 mutations. Complete analysis of both genes is typically required in each patient. In this study, we explored the utility of High-Resolution Melt (HRM) as a tool for mutation analysis of the PKD2 gene in ADPKD families. Methods: HRM is a mismatch-detection method based on the difference of fluorescence absorbance behavior during the melting of the DNA double strand to denatured single strands in a mutant sample as compared to a reference control. Our families were previously screened by linkage analysis. Subsequently, HRM was used to characterize PKD2-linked families. Amplicons that produced an overlapping profile sample versus wild-type control were not further evaluated, while those amplicons with profile deviated from the control were consequently sequenced. Results: We analyzed 16 PKD2-linked families by HRM analysis. We observed ten different variations: six single-nucleotide polymorphisms and four mutations. The mutations detected by HRM and confirmed by sequencing were as follows: 1158T>A, 2159delA, 2224C>T, and 2533C>T. In particular, the same haplotype block and nonsense mutation 2533C>T was found in 8 of 16 families, so we suggested the presence of a founder effect in our province. Conclusions: We have developed a strategy for rapid mutation analysis of the PKD2 gene in ADPKD families, which utilizes an HRM-based prescreening followed by direct sequencing of amplicons with abnormal profiles. This is a simple and good technique for PKD2 genotyping and may significantly reduce the time and cost for diagnosis in ADPKD. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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