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Front Immunol ; 13: 835156, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1902991

ABSTRACT

Complement plays an important role in the direct defense to pathogens, but can also activate immune cells and the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. However, in critically ill patients with COVID-19 the immune system is inadequately activated leading to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and acute kidney injury, which is associated with higher mortality. Therefore, we characterized local complement deposition as a sign of activation in both lungs and kidneys from patients with severe COVID-19. Using immunohistochemistry we investigated deposition of complement factors C1q, MASP-2, factor D (CFD), C3c, C3d and C5b-9 as well as myeloperoxidase (MPO) positive neutrophils and SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in lungs and kidneys from 38 patients who died from COVID-19. In addition, tissue damage was analyzed using semi-quantitative scores followed by correlation with complement deposition. Autopsy material from non-COVID patients who died from cardiovascular causes, cerebral hemorrhage and pulmonary embolism served as control (n=8). Lung injury in samples from COVID-19 patients was significantly more pronounced compared to controls with formation of hyaline membranes, thrombi and edema. In addition, in the kidney tubular injury was higher in these patients and correlated with lung injury (r=0.361*). In autopsy samples SARS-CoV-2 spike protein was detected in 22% of the lungs of COVID-19 patients but was lacking in kidneys. Complement activation was significantly stronger in lung samples from patients with COVID-19 via the lectin and alternative pathway as indicated by deposition of MASP-2, CFD, C3d and C5b9. Deposits in the lung were predominantly detected along the alveolar septa, the hyaline membranes and in the alveolar lumina. In the kidney, complement was significantly more deposited in patients with COVID-19 in peritubular capillaries and tubular basement membranes. Renal COVID-19-induced complement activation occurred via the lectin pathway, while activation of the alternative pathway was similar in both groups. Furthermore, MPO-positive neutrophils were found in significantly higher numbers in lungs and kidneys of COVID-19 patients and correlated with local MASP-2 deposition. In conclusion, in patients who died from SARS-CoV-2 infection complement was activated in both lungs and kidneys indicating that complement might be involved in systemic worsening of the inflammatory response. Complement inhibition might thus be a promising treatment option to prevent deregulated activation and subsequent collateral tissue injury in COVID-19.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/immunology , Complement Pathway, Alternative/immunology , Lectins/immunology , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Autopsy , COVID-19/pathology , COVID-19/virology , Complement System Proteins/immunology , Female , Humans , Kidney/immunology , Kidney/pathology , Kidney/virology , Lung/immunology , Lung/pathology , Lung/virology , Male , Middle Aged , Neutrophils/immunology , Peroxidase/immunology , SARS-CoV-2/immunology
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J Am Soc Nephrol ; 32(9): 2242-2254, 2021 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1702796

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Although coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) causes significan t morbidity, mainly from pulmonary involvement, extrapulmonary symptoms are also major componen ts of the disease. Kidney disease, usually presenting as AKI, is particularly severe among patients with COVID-19. It is unknown, however, whether such injury results from direct kidney infection with COVID-19's causative virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), or from indirect mechanisms. METHODS: Using ex vivo cell models, we sought to analyze SARS-CoV-2 interactions with kidney tubular cells and assess direct tubular injury. These models comprised primary human kidney epithelial cells (derived from nephrectomies) and grown as either proliferating monolayers or quiescent three-dimensional kidney spheroids. RESULTS: We demonstrated that viral entry molecules and high baseline levels of type 1 IFN-related molecules were present in monolayers and kidney spheroids. Although both models support viral infection and replication, they did not exhibit a cytopathic effect and cell death, outcomes that were strongly present in SARS-CoV-2-infected controls (African green monkey kidney clone E6 [Vero E6] cultures). A comparison of monolayer and spheroid cultures demonstrated higher infectivity and replication of SARS-CoV-2 in actively proliferating monolayers, although the spheroid cultures exhibited high er levels of ACE2. Monolayers exhibited elevation of some tubular injury molecules-including molecules related to fibrosis (COL1A1 and STAT6) and dedifferentiation (SNAI2)-and a loss of cell identity, evident by reduction in megalin (LRP2). The three-dimensional spheroids were less prone to such injury. CONCLUSIONS: SARS-CoV-2 can infect kidney cells without a cytopathic effect. AKI-induced cellular proliferation may potentially intensify infectivity and tubular damage by SARS-CoV-2, suggesting that early intervention in AKI is warranted to help minimize kidney infection.


Subject(s)
Acute Kidney Injury/etiology , Acute Kidney Injury/virology , COVID-19/complications , SARS-CoV-2/pathogenicity , Spheroids, Cellular/virology , Animals , Cells, Cultured , Chlorocebus aethiops , Cohort Studies , Cytopathogenic Effect, Viral , Epithelial Cells/pathology , Epithelial Cells/virology , Host Microbial Interactions , Humans , Interferon Type I/metabolism , Kidney/immunology , Kidney/pathology , Kidney/virology , Mice , Mice, Inbred NOD , Mice, SCID , Models, Biological , Pandemics , Receptors, Virus/metabolism , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Spheroids, Cellular/pathology , Vero Cells , Virus Replication
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Viruses ; 13(12)2021 12 02.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1554849

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: African Americans and males have elevated risks of infection, hospitalization, and death from SARS-CoV-2 in comparison with other populations. We report immune responses and renal injury markers in African American male patients hospitalized for COVID-19. METHODS: This was a single-center, retrospective study of 56 COVID-19 infected hospitalized African American males 50+ years of age selected from among non-intensive care unit (ICU) and ICU status patients. Demographics, hospitalization-related variables, and medical history were collected from electronic medical records. Plasma samples collected close to admission (≤2 days) were evaluated for cytokines and renal markers; results were compared to a control group (n = 31) and related to COVID-19 in-hospital mortality. RESULTS: Among COVID-19 patients, eight (14.2%) suffered in-hospital mortality; seven (23.3%) in the ICU and one (3.8%) among non-ICU patients. Interleukin (IL)-18 and IL-33 were elevated at admission in COVID-19 patients in comparison with controls. IL-6, IL-18, MCP-1/CCL2, MIP-1α/CCL3, IL-33, GST, and osteopontin were upregulated at admission in ICU patients in comparison with controls. In addition to clinical factors, MCP-1 and GST may provide incremental value for risk prediction of COVID-19 in-hospital mortality. CONCLUSIONS: Qualitatively similar inflammatory responses were observed in comparison to other populations reported in the literature, suggesting non-immunologic factors may account for outcome differences. Further, we provide initial evidence for cytokine and renal toxicity markers as prognostic factors for COVID-19 in-hospital mortality among African American males.


Subject(s)
Biomarkers/blood , COVID-19/immunology , Hospitals , Kidney/immunology , African Americans , Aged , COVID-19/mortality , Cytokines/blood , Cytokines/metabolism , Hospital Mortality , Hospitalization , Humans , Intensive Care Units , Kidney/injuries , Male , Michigan , Middle Aged , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2
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Pediatr Nephrol ; 36(11): 3789-3793, 2021 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1361293

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Histological findings of kidney involvement have been rarely reported in pediatric patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Here, we describe clinical, laboratory, and histological findings of two pediatric cases with almost exclusive kidney involvement by SARS-CoV-2. RESULTS: A 10-year-old girl with IgA vasculitis nephritis underwent kidney biopsy, showing diffuse and segmental mesangial-proliferative glomerulonephritis, and steroid therapy was initiated. After the worsening of the clinical picture, including an atypical skin rash, she was diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2. The re-evaluation of initial biopsy showed cytoplasmatic blebs and virus-like particles in tubular cells at electron microscopy. Despite SARS-CoV-2 clearance and the intensification of immunosuppression, no improvement was observed. A second kidney biopsy showed a crescentic glomerulonephritis with sclerosis, while virus-like particles were no longer evident. The second patient was a 12-year-old girl with a 3-week history of weakness and weight loss. Rhinitis was reported the month before. No medications were being taken. Blood and urine analysis revealed elevated serum creatinine, hypouricemia, low molecular weight proteinuria, and glycosuria. A high SARS-CoV-2-IgG titre was detected. Kidney biopsy showed acute tubular-interstitial nephritis. Steroid therapy was started with a complete resolution of kidney involvement. CONCLUSION: We can speculate that in both cases SARS-CoV-2 played a major role as inflammatory trigger of the kidney damage. Therefore, we suggest investigating the potential kidney damage by SARS-CoV-2 in children. Moreover, SARS-CoV-2 can be included among infectious agents responsible for pediatric acute tubular interstitial nephritis.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/complications , Glomerulonephritis, IGA/immunology , Kidney/pathology , Nephritis, Interstitial/immunology , SARS-CoV-2/immunology , Biopsy , COVID-19/immunology , COVID-19/virology , Child , Female , Glomerulonephritis, IGA/diagnosis , Glomerulonephritis, IGA/pathology , Glomerulonephritis, IGA/virology , Humans , Kidney/immunology , Kidney/ultrastructure , Kidney/virology , Microscopy, Electron , Nephritis, Interstitial/diagnosis , Nephritis, Interstitial/pathology , Nephritis, Interstitial/virology , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification
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PLoS Pathog ; 17(7): e1009705, 2021 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1311291

ABSTRACT

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) caused by SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) infection is a disease affecting several organ systems. A model that captures all clinical symptoms of COVID-19 as well as long-haulers disease is needed. We investigated the host responses associated with infection in several major organ systems including the respiratory tract, the heart, and the kidneys after SARS-CoV-2 infection in Syrian hamsters. We found significant increases in inflammatory cytokines (IL-6, IL-1beta, and TNF) and type II interferons whereas type I interferons were inhibited. Examination of extrapulmonary tissue indicated inflammation in the kidney, liver, and heart which also lacked type I interferon upregulation. Histologically, the heart had evidence of myocarditis and microthrombi while the kidney had tubular inflammation. These results give insight into the multiorgan disease experienced by people with COVID-19 and possibly the prolonged disease in people with post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC).


Subject(s)
COVID-19/immunology , Down-Regulation/immunology , Interferon Type I/immunology , Kidney/immunology , Myocardium/immunology , Respiratory System/immunology , SARS-CoV-2/immunology , Animals , COVID-19/pathology , Cricetinae , Disease Models, Animal , Humans , Inflammation/immunology , Inflammation/pathology , Kidney/pathology , Kidney/virology , Male , Mesocricetus , Myocardium/pathology , Respiratory System/pathology , Respiratory System/virology
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Front Immunol ; 12: 595150, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1311373

ABSTRACT

As one of the current global health conundrums, COVID-19 pandemic caused a dramatic increase of cases exceeding 79 million and 1.7 million deaths worldwide. Severe presentation of COVID-19 is characterized by cytokine storm and chronic inflammation resulting in multi-organ dysfunction. Currently, it is unclear whether extrapulmonary tissues contribute to the cytokine storm mediated-disease exacerbation. In this study, we applied systems immunology analysis to investigate the immunomodulatory effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection in lung, liver, kidney, and heart tissues and the potential contribution of these tissues to cytokines production. Notably, genes associated with neutrophil-mediated immune response (e.g. CXCL1) were particularly upregulated in lung, whereas genes associated with eosinophil-mediated immune response (e.g. CCL11) were particularly upregulated in heart tissue. In contrast, immune responses mediated by monocytes, dendritic cells, T-cells and B-cells were almost similarly dysregulated in all tissue types. Focused analysis of 14 cytokines classically upregulated in COVID-19 patients revealed that only some of these cytokines are dysregulated in lung tissue, whereas the other cytokines are upregulated in extrapulmonary tissues (e.g. IL6 and IL2RA). Investigations of potential mechanisms by which SARS-CoV-2 modulates the immune response and cytokine production revealed a marked dysregulation of NF-κB signaling particularly CBM complex and the NF-κB inhibitor BCL3. Moreover, overexpression of mucin family genes (e.g. MUC3A, MUC4, MUC5B, MUC16, and MUC17) and HSP90AB1 suggest that the exacerbated inflammation activated pulmonary and extrapulmonary tissues remodeling. In addition, we identified multiple sets of immune response associated genes upregulated in a tissue-specific manner (DCLRE1C, CHI3L1, and PARP14 in lung; APOA4, NFASC, WIPF3, and CD34 in liver; LILRA5, ISG20, S100A12, and HLX in kidney; and ASS1 and PTPN1 in heart). Altogether, these findings suggest that the cytokines storm triggered by SARS-CoV-2 infection is potentially the result of dysregulated cytokine production by inflamed pulmonary and extrapulmonary (e.g. liver, kidney, and heart) tissues.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/immunology , Kidney/immunology , Liver/immunology , Lung/immunology , Myocardium/immunology , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2/immunology , Severity of Illness Index , Biomarkers/blood , COVID-19/blood , COVID-19/complications , Case-Control Studies , Cytokine Release Syndrome/etiology , Cytokine Release Syndrome/immunology , Cytokines/biosynthesis , Humans , Immunity/genetics , Monocytes/immunology , Neutrophils/immunology , Transcriptome , Up-Regulation/genetics
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J Am Soc Nephrol ; 32(9): 2242-2254, 2021 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1266593

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Although coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) causes significan t morbidity, mainly from pulmonary involvement, extrapulmonary symptoms are also major componen ts of the disease. Kidney disease, usually presenting as AKI, is particularly severe among patients with COVID-19. It is unknown, however, whether such injury results from direct kidney infection with COVID-19's causative virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), or from indirect mechanisms. METHODS: Using ex vivo cell models, we sought to analyze SARS-CoV-2 interactions with kidney tubular cells and assess direct tubular injury. These models comprised primary human kidney epithelial cells (derived from nephrectomies) and grown as either proliferating monolayers or quiescent three-dimensional kidney spheroids. RESULTS: We demonstrated that viral entry molecules and high baseline levels of type 1 IFN-related molecules were present in monolayers and kidney spheroids. Although both models support viral infection and replication, they did not exhibit a cytopathic effect and cell death, outcomes that were strongly present in SARS-CoV-2-infected controls (African green monkey kidney clone E6 [Vero E6] cultures). A comparison of monolayer and spheroid cultures demonstrated higher infectivity and replication of SARS-CoV-2 in actively proliferating monolayers, although the spheroid cultures exhibited high er levels of ACE2. Monolayers exhibited elevation of some tubular injury molecules-including molecules related to fibrosis (COL1A1 and STAT6) and dedifferentiation (SNAI2)-and a loss of cell identity, evident by reduction in megalin (LRP2). The three-dimensional spheroids were less prone to such injury. CONCLUSIONS: SARS-CoV-2 can infect kidney cells without a cytopathic effect. AKI-induced cellular proliferation may potentially intensify infectivity and tubular damage by SARS-CoV-2, suggesting that early intervention in AKI is warranted to help minimize kidney infection.


Subject(s)
Acute Kidney Injury/etiology , Acute Kidney Injury/virology , COVID-19/complications , SARS-CoV-2/pathogenicity , Spheroids, Cellular/virology , Animals , Cells, Cultured , Chlorocebus aethiops , Cohort Studies , Cytopathogenic Effect, Viral , Epithelial Cells/pathology , Epithelial Cells/virology , Host Microbial Interactions , Humans , Interferon Type I/metabolism , Kidney/immunology , Kidney/pathology , Kidney/virology , Mice , Mice, Inbred NOD , Mice, SCID , Models, Biological , Pandemics , Receptors, Virus/metabolism , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Spheroids, Cellular/pathology , Vero Cells , Virus Replication
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(10)2021 May 20.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1244035

ABSTRACT

Previous studies have shown that COVID-19 leads to thrombotic complications, which have been associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Neutrophils are the largest population of white blood cells and play a pivotal role in innate immunity. During an infection, neutrophils migrate from circulation to the infection site, contributing to killing pathogens. This mechanism is regulated by chemokines such as IL-8. Moreover, it was shown that neutrophils play an important role in thromboinflammation. Through a diverse repertoire of mechanisms, neutrophils, apart from directly killing pathogens, are able to activate the formation of thrombi. In COVID-19 patients, neutrophil activation promotes neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation, platelet aggregation, and cell damage. Furthermore, neutrophils participate in the pathogenesis of endothelitis. Overall, this review summarizes recent progress in research on the pathogenesis of COVID-19, highlighting the role of the prothrombotic action of neutrophils in NET formation.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/immunology , Extracellular Traps/immunology , Immunity, Innate , Lung/immunology , Neutrophils/immunology , Thrombosis/immunology , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19/pathology , COVID-19/therapy , Cytokine Release Syndrome/metabolism , Cytokine Release Syndrome/virology , Extracellular Traps/virology , Humans , Inflammation/immunology , Inflammation/pathology , Kidney/cytology , Kidney/immunology , Kidney/pathology , Kidney/virology , Lung/cytology , Lung/pathology , Lung/virology , Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome/complications , Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome/immunology , Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome/virology , SARS-CoV-2 , Thrombosis/complications , Thrombosis/pathology , Thrombosis/virology
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Medicina (Kaunas) ; 57(3)2021 Mar 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1167651

ABSTRACT

Renal biopsy is useful to better understand the histological pattern of a lesion (glomerular, tubulointerstitial, and vascular) and the pathogenesis that leads to kidney failure. The potential impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) on the kidneys is still undetermined, and a variety of lesions are seen in the kidney tissue of coronavirus disease patients. This review is based on the morphological findings of patients described in case reports and a series of published cases. A search was conducted on MEDLINE and PubMed of case reports and case series of lesions in the presence of non-critical infection by SARS-CoV-2 published until 15/09/2020. We highlight the potential of the virus directly influencing the damage or the innate and adaptive immune response activating cytokine and procoagulant cascades, in addition to the genetic component triggering glomerular diseases, mainly collapsing focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, tubulointerstitial, and even vascular diseases. Kidney lesions caused by SARS-CoV-2 are frequent and have an impact on morbidity and mortality; thus, studies are needed to assess the morphological kidney changes and their mechanisms and may help define their spectrum and immediate or long-term impact.


Subject(s)
Acute Kidney Injury/pathology , COVID-19/pathology , Glomerulonephritis/pathology , Kidney/pathology , Thrombotic Microangiopathies/pathology , Acute Kidney Injury/blood , Acute Kidney Injury/immunology , Adaptive Immunity/immunology , Arteriosclerosis/immunology , Arteriosclerosis/pathology , COVID-19/blood , COVID-19/immunology , Cytokines/immunology , Glomerulonephritis/immunology , Glomerulonephritis, IGA/immunology , Glomerulonephritis, IGA/pathology , Glomerulosclerosis, Focal Segmental/immunology , Glomerulosclerosis, Focal Segmental/pathology , Humans , Immunity, Innate/immunology , Infarction/immunology , Infarction/pathology , Kidney/blood supply , Kidney/immunology , Kidney Cortex Necrosis/immunology , Kidney Cortex Necrosis/pathology , Nephritis, Interstitial/immunology , Nephritis, Interstitial/pathology , Nephrosis, Lipoid/immunology , Nephrosis, Lipoid/pathology , Rhabdomyolysis , SARS-CoV-2 , Thrombophilia/blood , Thrombotic Microangiopathies/immunology
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Viruses ; 13(4)2021 03 31.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1160453

ABSTRACT

The renal involvement of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been reported. The etiology of kidney injury appears to be tubular, mainly due to the expression of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, the key joint receptor for SARS-CoV-2; however, cases with glomerular implication have also been documented. The multifactorial origin of this renal involvement could include virus-mediated injury, cytokine storm, angiotensin II pathway activation, complement dysregulation, hyper-coagulation, and microangiopathy. We present the renal histological findings from a patient who developed acute kidney injury and de novo nephrotic syndrome, highly suggestive of acute IgA-dominant infection-associated glomerulonephritis (IgA-DIAGN) after SARS-CoV-2 infection, as evidenced by the presence of this virus detected in the renal tissue of the patient via immunohistochemistry assay. In summary, we document the first case of IgA-DIAGN associated to SARS-CoV-2. Thus, SARS-CoV-2 S may act as a super antigen driving the development of multisystem inflammatory syndrome as well as cytokine storm in patients affected by COVID-19, reaching the glomerulus and leading to the development of this novel IgA-DIAGN.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/complications , Glomerulonephritis/etiology , Glomerulonephritis/immunology , Immunoglobulin A/immunology , Aged, 80 and over , COVID-19/virology , Cytokine Release Syndrome , Humans , Kidney/immunology , Male , SARS-CoV-2/physiology
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J Am Soc Nephrol ; 31(2): 257-278, 2020 02.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-992926

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Mononuclear phagocytes (MPs), including macrophages, monocytes, and dendritic cells (DCs), are phagocytic cells with important roles in immunity. The developmental origin of kidney DCs has been highly debated because of the large phenotypic overlap between macrophages and DCs in this tissue. METHODS: We used fate mapping, RNA sequencing, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, and histo-cytometry to assess the origin and phenotypic and functional properties of renal DCs in healthy kidney and of DCs after cisplatin and ischemia reperfusion-induced kidney injury. RESULTS: Adult kidney contains at least four subsets of MPs with prominent Clec9a-expression history indicating a DC origin. We demonstrate that these populations are phenotypically, functionally, and transcriptionally distinct from each other. We also show these kidney MPs exhibit unique age-dependent developmental heterogeneity. Kidneys from newborn mice contain a prominent population of embryonic-derived MHCIInegF4/80hiCD11blow macrophages that express T cell Ig and mucin domain containing 4 (TIM-4) and MER receptor tyrosine kinase (MERTK). These macrophages are replaced within a few weeks after birth by phenotypically similar cells that express MHCII but lack TIM-4 and MERTK. MHCII+F4/80hi cells exhibit prominent Clec9a-expression history in adulthood but not early life, indicating additional age-dependent developmental heterogeneity. In AKI, MHCIInegF4/80hi cells reappear in adult kidneys as a result of MHCII downregulation by resident MHCII+F4/80hi cells, possibly in response to prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). RNA sequencing further suggests MHCII+F4/80hi cells help coordinate the recruitment of inflammatory cells during renal injury. CONCLUSIONS: Distinct developmental programs contribute to renal DC and macrophage populations throughout life, which could have important implications for therapies targeting these cells.


Subject(s)
Dendritic Cells/immunology , Kidney/immunology , Macrophages/immunology , Nephritis/immunology , Acute Kidney Injury/immunology , Age Factors , Animals , CD11b Antigen/analysis , CX3C Chemokine Receptor 1/analysis , Calcium-Binding Proteins/analysis , Cisplatin/pharmacology , Histocompatibility Antigens Class II/analysis , Kidney/drug effects , Kidney/metabolism , Lectins, C-Type/analysis , Mice , Mice, Inbred C57BL , Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled/analysis , Receptors, Immunologic/analysis
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BMJ Case Rep ; 13(11)2020 Nov 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-917776

ABSTRACT

Renal transplant (RT) recipients are at increased risk for infectious complications. The clinical course of COVID-19 has been described in several RT recipients with varying clinical outcomes. Most present with pulmonary manifestations, however extrapulmonary presentations are not uncommon. Also, the timing and efficacy of seroconversion in transplant recipients is not well known. This report describes the duration of viral shedding and timing of seroconversion in a young adult RT recipient with COVID-19 who presented with severe diarrhoea and acute kidney injury requiring dialysis. She developed anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibody after 5 weeks despite persistently shedding the virus in the nasopharynx until 6 weeks after symptom onset. Further studies are needed to determine if immunosuppressed patients have prolonged viral shedding and are still contagious despite seroconversion.


Subject(s)
Acute Kidney Injury/complications , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Coronavirus Infections/immunology , Kidney Transplantation , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/immunology , Seroconversion , Virus Shedding/immunology , Acute Kidney Injury/immunology , Acute Kidney Injury/therapy , Adult , Betacoronavirus/immunology , COVID-19 , Female , Humans , Kidney/immunology , Kidney/surgery , Pandemics , Renal Dialysis/methods , SARS-CoV-2 , Transplant Recipients , Young Adult
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