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Neri L.,Saint Louis University | Neri L.,University of Milan | Martini A.,Nefrologia | Andreucci V.E.,Fondazione Italiana Del Rene Italian Kidney Foundation | And 3 more authors.
American Journal of Nephrology | Year: 2011

Objectives: Poor medication adherence is common in end-stage renal disease and may cause suboptimal outcomes and increased healthcare costs. We assessed the association between regimen complexity, perceived burden of oral therapy (BOT) and medication adherence in a large sample of hemodialysis (HD) patients. Methods: 1,238 HD patients in 54 Italian centers participated. Data were collected on patients' socio-demographic characteristics, perceived BOT, quality of life, healthcare satisfaction, social support and medication adherence with a self-administered questionnaire. Data on medication regimen, comorbidities, hospitalizations, and transplant listing status were provided by the nursing staff. We estimated the adjusted association of regimen complexity, BOT and medication adherence with logistic regression. Results: There were 789 (64%) men and the median age was 67 years. Mean daily burden was 9.7 tablets and 48% of patients were adherent to medication prescriptions. The number of tablets prescribed in the medication regimen was associated to adherence likelihood after adjustment for possible confounders. Perceived BOT moderated the association between tablet count and self-reported adherence. Conclusion: Poor adherence was very common in our sample. Reducing tablet burden might help patients be adherent. However, our results suggest that modulating regimen complexity might be ineffective if patients' negative attitudes toward medications are not addressed concurrently. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.


Goncalves S.,Nefrologia e Transplantacao Renal | Fernandez-Sanchez R.,Autonomous University of Madrid | Sanchez-Nino M.D.,Autonomous University of Madrid | Tejedor A.,Nefrologia | And 3 more authors.
Current Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2010

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a syndrome characterized by an acute renal cell injury that leads to sudden loss of renal function. There are currently no clinically validated treatments for AKI besides substituting renal function by dialysis. However, new biomarkers will allow an earlier diagnosis, thus providing a window of opportunity for therapeutic intervention. Tyrphostins are a family of compounds originally designed as protein tyrosine kinase inhibitors. However, some molecules of this family have additional actions, such as inhibition of guanylate and adenylate cyclases, mitochondrial uncoupling or antioxidant effects. We review the potential role of tyrphostins in the prophylaxis and treatment of acute kidney injury on the basis of published studies on animals, in vitro experiments and piecemeal information from humans. The AG 490 and AG 126 tyrphostins have recently been shown to protect from AKI in experimental animal models of ischemia-reperfusion and sepsis-induced injury. AG 490 protects from cyclosporin-induced AKI and AG 1714 protects from cisplatin nephrotoxicity. AG 490 is nephroprotective by inhibiting oxidative stress-related Janus activated kinase-2 (JAK2) activation. Potential applications of AG490 or derivative molecules include AKI of nephrotoxic or ischemic nature, or a combination of both, as may occur in the immediate postransplant period. The molecular targets of AG 126 and AG 1714 are less well characterized. In conclusions, different tyrphostins are nephroprotective in animal models of AKI. The characterization of the molecular targets involved will allow the design of novel therapies that may reach the clinical trial stage. © 2010 Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.


Ardura J.A.,Instituto Of Investigacion Sanitaria Iis Fundacion Jimenez Diaz | Sanz A.B.,Nefrologia | Ortiz A.,Autonomous University of Madrid | Esbrit P.,Instituto Of Investigacion Sanitaria Iis Fundacion Jimenez Diaz
Kidney International | Year: 2013

Runx2 is a key transcription factor in bone development regulating several processes, including osteoblast apoptosis. The antiapoptotic effects of parathyroid hormone (PTH) in osteoblasts depend on Runx2-mediated transcription of prosurvival genes. In the kidney, PTH-related protein (PTHrP) promotes tubulointerstitial cell survival by activating the PTH/PTHrP type 1 receptor. We found that Runx2 is expressed in renal tubuloepithelial MCT and HK2 cell lines in vitro and in the mouse kidney tubuloepithelium in vivo. The 1-36 amino-acid fragment of PTHrP was found to increase the expression and nuclear translocation of Runx2 in both cell lines in a dose-and time-dependent manner. PTHrP(1-36) protected renal tubuloepithelial cells from folic acid toxicity and serum deprivation, an effect inhibited by a dominant-negative Runx2 construct or a Runx2 siRNA. Furthermore, PTHrP(1-36) upregulated the antiapoptotic proteins Bcl-2 and osteopontin, and these effects were abolished by Runx2 siRNA. Runx2, osteopontin, and Bcl-2 were increased in tubuloepithelial cells from transgenic mice with PTHrP overexpression and in wild-type mice with acute or chronic renal failure. Thus, PTHrP regulates renal tubuloepithelial cell survival via Runx2 in the mammalian kidney. © 2013 International Society of Nephrology.


Uremia associated with anticoagulant therapy is a high risk factor for bleeding complications in patients undergoing hemodialysis. We report a case of intrarenal hematoma arising in a uremic patient treated with warfarin. The hematoma was rapidly diagnosed by ultrasonography of the abdomen and treated with embolization. Our experience confirms that the availability of an ultrasound facility within the renal unit allows better assessment of our patients, also in the management of the most fearsome and rare complications. Moreover, it strengthens the evidence that uremic patients are at high risk of bleeding complications when treated with oral anticoagulants.


Piccoli G.B.,Nefrologia
Giornale italiano di nefrologia : organo ufficiale della Società italiana di nefrologia | Year: 2012

The evolution of home dialysis marked the main steps in the progress of renal replacement therapy. From the origins when home hemodialysis was often the only alternative to death, to the advent and widespread use of peritoneal dialysis, the dream of kidney transplant as a solution to all problems (at least in the young), and ultimately the profound social and organizational changes that have led to a drastic reduction of home hemodialysis, we arrive at the present with the rediscovery of the clinical, rehabilitative and economic advantages of home dialysis. Seven experts from five different centers with different expertise in home dialysis report their opinions on the future of home dialysis in a ''noncontroversial controversy''. Beyond the sterile competition between peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis, the shared opinion is that the two methods may complement each other, allowing a tailored treatment for each patient and a tailored organization in each setting. The organizational solutions are many; the authors underline the importance of longer survival and better rehabilitation, and the ethical need of offering each patient a choice among all available treatments. Add to this the importance of dedicated educational programs targeted to physicians, nurses and patients alike and focused on self-care and patient empowerment. A new generation of dialysis machines, easier technical solutions, and financial incentives may strengthen motivations and simplify problems; all these elements may in the near future be combined in a joint effort to increase peritoneal dialysis and revive home hemodialysis in Italy.

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