Devarajan Lab

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    + Implications of the DAXX / ASK1 / JNK Pathway in Acute Renal Failure

    Apoptosis is a major mechanism leading to tubule cell death in early acute kidney injuries. We are investigating the DAXX / ASK1 / JNK signal transduction mechanism as a unique cell death pathway following early injury; this may provide a target for innovative therapies. The specific aim of this project is to identify the contributions of this pathway to structural and functional kidney damage, using a variety of in vitro and in vivo manipulations.

    Funding Source: NIH / NIDDK

    Collaborator: Alex Kuan, MD, PhD, Division of Developmental Biology

    + Early Prediction of Lupus Nephritis Using Advanced Proteomics

    This project aims to identify novel noninvasive biomarkers of lupus nephritis. Such biomarkers could facilitate the clinical evaluation of innovative therapeutic approaches, and could reveal the mechanics of the disease’s pathology. The specific aim of this project is to identify and validate biomarker patterns in lupus nephritis using proteomic profiling techniques.

    Funding Source: Department of Defense

    Collaborators: Hermine Brunner, MD, MSc, Division of Rheumatology

    + Glomerulosclerosis in Human FSGS and Mouse Models

    We intend to identify and validate distinct transcriptomic profiles in laser-captured glomeruli from humans and animal models of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. This research could help reveal novel disease mechanisms, therapeutic targets and biomarkers for clinical use.

    Funding Source: NIH / NIDDK

    Collaborators: S. Steven Potter, PhD, Division of Developmental Biology

    + Novel Biomarkers in Cardiac Surgery to Detect Acute Kidney Injury

    Through this project we intend to validate NGAL, cystatin C and IL-18 as predictive biomarkers of acute kidney injury and its adverse outcomes after cardiac surgery. This is a multicenter observational study.

    Funding Source: NIH / NHLBI

    Collaborators: Catherine Dent Krawczeski, MD, the Heart Institute; Chirag Parikh, MD, PhD, FACP, Yale University

    + Ancillary Studies in the Natural History of Acute Kidney Injury

    This project aims to define the long-term outcomes of acute renal injury after cardiac surgery and to identify the role of early biomarkers in predicting the outcomes. This is a multicenter observational study.

    Funding Source: NIH / NIDDK

    Collaborators: Catherine Dent Krawczeski, MD, the Heart Institute; Chirag Parikh, MD, PhD, FACP, Yale University

    + Nephrology Center of Excellence

    The Pediatric Nephrology Center of Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is one of only 3 in the nation supported by the National Institutes of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases. The Center of Excellence serves as a national resource for conducting ground-breaking research into pediatric kidney disease.


 
  • Immunofluorescence images of kidneys.

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    Immunofluorescence images of kidneys.

    Figure for Project 1.  Immunofluorescence images of mouse kidney after ischemia reperfusion injury (left panels) or transplanted human cadaveric kidney (right panels), showing colocalization of DAXX and apoptotic TUNEL-positive tubule epithelial cells.  The asterisk illustrates tubules that are negative for both.

  • SELDI-TOF proteomic profiling.

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    SELDI-TOF proteomic profiling.

    Figure for Project 2.  SELDI-TOF proteomic profiling of urine reveals distinct protein peaks in patients with Class IV and Class V lupus nephritis that are absent from controls (top two panels).

  • Laser-captured glomeruli.

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    Laser-captured glomeruli.

    Figure for Project 3.  Laser-captured glomeruli will be subjected to cDNA microarray analysis.  Genes differentially expressed in affected versus unaffected glomeruli will be correlated with histopathology and clinical outcomes.

  • Acute kidney injury.

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    Acute kidney injury.

    Figure for Project 4.  Immunofluorescence image of kidney from a subject with acute kidney injury, stained for NGAL, showing tubule cells laden with the protein in a punctuate cytoplasmic distribution.  The serendipitous appearance of this protein in the urine has provided for a powerful noninvasive early biomarker of acute kidney injury.