Saturday, May 29, 2010

Paricalcitol and CNI injury?

The most recent issue of Kidney International talks about an animal model that showed that paricalcitol attenuated cyclosporine induced kidney injury. This is interesting to note.
First, why do we get CNI related toxicity. CNI exposure leads to increased inflammatory response in addition to its beneficial effects and as a result increased TGF-B expression and fibrosis and nephropathy.
Also the renal vasomotor impairment leads to RAAS activation and oxidative stress and nephropathy.
The trial shown in the issue is an excellent start of a set of trials that might follow in animal models and hopefully this will one day make it to clinical world.

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