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What are podocytes?

Podocytes are cells in the Bowman's capsule in the kidneys that wrap around capillaries of the glomerulus


What proteins are filtered from te glomerulus?

All that are smaller than albumin 

Immunoglobulins do not get filtered - they stay in the plasma


What structural feature do podocytes contain?

They have interdigitating 'fingers' or foot processes


What are the three layers of the filter barrier?

Endothelial cell

Basal lamina



What are mesangial cells?

Tree like group of cells which support capilalries


Where does filtrate travel after the glomerulus?

Goes into bowmans space and then into the proximal tubule


What substances leave the efferent arteriole?

Blood cells someme fluid

abumin and larger proteins



What is glomerulonephritis?

It is disease of the glomerulus 

Either inflammatory or non-inflammatory

Primary - only affects the glomerulus or secondary other body parts are affected - SLE or Wegners


What are the 4 comon presentations of glomerulonephritis?

1. Haematuria (blood in urine)

2. Heavy proteinuria (nephrotic syndrome)

3. Slowly increasing proteinuria

4. Acute renal failure


What are the main causes of haematuria?

Urinary tract infection 

Urinary tract stone

Urinary tract tumour



What is the necessary test before taking a renal biopsy?

Clotting screen - risk of bleeding to death


What is the pathogenesis of IgA nephropathy?

Excess IgA sometimes present in the serum (but this is true in some people who do not have glomerulonephritis)

IgA deposits are stuck in the mesangium and are not filtered in the urine - IgA – ‘irritates’ mesangial cells and causes them to proliferate and produce more matrix

Unknown why this causes RBC's to escape


What is the prognosis of IgA nephropathy?

Usually self-limiting - ie returns to normal

SMall % go onto chronic renal failure (via continued deposition of matrix)


How is the clinical diagnosis of nephrotic syndrome made?

Must be abnormality of the glomerular filter - renal biopsy


What is the hallmark feature of membranous glomerulonephritis?

Thickened glomerular basement membrane


Spikes of new basement membrane matrix material underneath podocytes - spikes try to surround and remove deposits of IgG 


Deposits of IgG in the subendothelial site - between basal lamina and podocyte - cannot go further and is not filtered in the urine


What is the issue associated with IgG in the subendothelial layer?

IgG is too big to be filtered into the urine, but IgG activates compliment (C3) which punches holes in the filter


What is the consequence of complement punching holes in the filter?

Leaky filter allows albumin to be filtered into urine - nephrotic syndrome


What is the prognosis of glomerulonephritis?

•1/4 in chronic renal failure within 10 years


This is not associated with inflamamtion– on wrong side of the basal lamina – inflammatory cells cannot reach


What is the underlying cause of IgG production and accumulation in membranous glomerulonephritis?

Unknown but can have underlying malignancy

IN many patients antigen is phospholipase A2 receptor

Phospholipase A2 is present on podocytes – IgG is against this receptor


Where does matrix deposition occur in diabetic nephropathy?

Matrix deposition in basal lamina underlying endothelium and in mesangial matrix 


Kimmelsteil Wilson lesio - gross excess of mesangial matrix forming nodules


Describe the basement membrane in diabetic nephropathy 

Thickened and leaky 


Describe the messangial matrix in diabetic nephropathy 

Compresses capillaries


What are the histological features of diabetic nephropathy?

Small compressed capillary lumen (by messangial matrix)

Thickened capillary wall - leaks albumin

Thickened and narrowed arterioles reduce blood flow to glomerulus

Adhesions to bowmans capsule (glomerulus's attempt to stop massive leakage of albumin into urine)



What is the prognosis of diabetic nephropathy?

Inevitable decline if 1. established diabetic nephropathy and if 2. continued poor diabetic control


What is rapidly rising creatinine associated with?

Acute renal failure


What type of glomerulonephritis has cellular proliferation and influx of macrophages (crescent) within bowmans space?

Crescentic glomerulonephritis


What are the main patterns of crescentic glomerulonephritis?

•Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (also known as Wegener’s granulomatosis)

•Microscopic polyarteritis (a disease very much like Wegeners)

•Antiglomerular basement membrane disease

•Many other forms of glomerulonephritis


What does granulomatosis with polyangitis affect?

It is a form of vasculitis

Causes: Inflammation in the vessels which affects the vessels in the kidneys, nose and lungs


What are further tests for granulomatosis with polyangitis?

Serum tests show presence of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies



What are anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies?

•Antibodies directed against proteinase 3 and myeloperoxidase, 2 enzymes in primary granules of neutrophils


They are not deposited in the kidney


How do ANCA produce tissue damage?

•Antibodies produce tissue damage via interactions with primed neutrophils and endothelial cells.


What is the prognosis of wegners?

6 months if left untreated

Cyclophosphamide - 75% complete remission