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1.  Impact of mannose-binding lectin deficiency on radiocontrast-induced renal dysfunction: a post-hoc analysis of a multicenter randomized controlled trial 
BMC Nephrology  2012;13:99.
Background
Local renal ischemia is regarded as an important factor in the development of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN). Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is involved in the tissue damage during experimental ischemia/reperfusion injury of the kidneys. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association of MBL deficiency with radiocontrast-induced renal dysfunction in a large prospective cohort.
Methods
246 patients with advanced non–dialysis-dependent renal dysfunction who underwent radiographic contrast procedures were included in the study. Baseline serum MBL levels were analyzed according to the occurrence of a creatinine-based (increase of ≥0.5 mg/dL or ≥25% within 48 hours) or cystatin C-based (increase of ≥10% within 24 hours) CIN.
Results
The incidence of creatinine-based and cystatin C-based CIN was 6.5% and 24%, respectively. MBL levels were not associated with the occurrence of creatinine-based CIN. However, patients that experienced a cystatin C increase of ≥10% showed significantly higher MBL levels than patients with a rise of <10% (median 2885 (IQR 1193–4471) vs. 1997 (IQR 439–3504)ng/mL, p = 0.01). In logistic regression analysis MBL deficiency (MBL levels≤500 ng/ml) was identified as an inverse predictor of a cystatin C increase ≥10% (OR 0.34, 95% CI 0.15-0.8, p = 0.01).
Conclusion
MBL deficiency was associated with a reduced radiocontrast-induced renal dysfunction as reflected by the course of cystatin C. Our findings support a possible role of MBL in the pathogenesis of CIN.
doi:10.1186/1471-2369-13-99
PMCID: PMC3471006  PMID: 22938690
Complement; Mannose-binding lectin; Contrast-induced nephropathy; Ischemia/reperfusion injury; Acute kidney injury
2.  Plasma neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin for the prediction of acute kidney injury in acute heart failure 
Critical Care  2012;16(1):R2.
Introduction
The accurate prediction of acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients with acute heart failure (AHF) is an unmet clinical need. Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) is a novel sensitive and specific marker of AKI.
Methods
A total of 207 consecutive patients presenting to the emergency department with AHF were enrolled. Plasma NGAL was measured in a blinded fashion at presentation and serially thereafter. The potential of plasma NGAL levels to predict AKI was assessed as the primary endpoint. We defined AKI according to the AKI Network classification.
Results
Overall 60 patients (29%) experienced AKI. These patients were more likely to suffer from pre-existing chronic cardiac or kidney disease. At presentation, creatinine (median 140 (interquartile range (IQR), 91 to 203) umol/L versus 97 (76 to 132) umol/L, P < 0.01) and NGAL (114.5 (IQR, 67.1 to 201.5) ng/ml versus 74.5 (60 to 113.9) ng/ml, P < 0.01) levels were significantly higher in AKI compared to non-AKI patients. The prognostic accuracy for measurements obtained at presentation, as quantified by the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was mediocre and comparable for the two markers (creatinine 0.69; 95%CI 0.59 to 0.79 versus NGAL 0.67; 95%CI 0.57 to 0.77). Serial measurements of NGAL did not further increase the prognostic accuracy for AKI. Creatinine, but not NGAL, remained an independent predictor of AKI (hazard ratio (HR) 1.12; 95%CI 1.00 to 1.25; P = 0.04) in multivariable regression analysis.
Conclusions
Plasma NGAL levels do not adequately predict AKI in patients with AHF.
doi:10.1186/cc10600
PMCID: PMC3396227  PMID: 22226205
3.  QRS and QTc interval prolongation in the prediction of long‐term mortality of patients with acute destabilised heart failure 
Heart  2007;93(9):1093-1097.
Objectives
To quantify the prognostic utility of QRS and QTc interval prolongation in patients presenting with acute destabilised heart failure (ADHF) to the emergency department (ED).
Design
Prospective cohort study among patients enrolled in the B‐Type Natriuretic Peptide for Acute Shortness of Breath Evaluation (BASEL) study. QRS and QT intervals were measured in 173 consecutive patients with ADHF. QT interval was corrected using the Bazett formula. The primary end point was all‐cause mortality during the 720‐day follow‐up.
Results
QRS interval was prolonged (⩾120 ms) in 27% of patients, and QTc interval was prolonged (⩾440 ms) in 72% of patients. Baseline demographic and clinical characteristics were comparable in patients with normal and prolonged QRS or QTc intervals. A total of 78 patients died during follow‐up. Interestingly, the 720‐day mortality was similar in patients with prolonged and normal QTc (44% vs 42%, p = 0.546), but was significantly higher in patients with prolonged QRS interval than in those with normal QRS (59% vs 37%, p = 0.004). In Cox proportional hazards analysis, prolonged QRS interval was associated with a nearly twofold increase in mortality (HR 1.94, 95% CI 1.22 to 3.07; p = 0.005). This association persisted after adjustment for variables routinely available in the ED.
Conclusions
Prolonged QRS interval, but not prolonged QTc interval, is associated with increased long‐term mortality in patients with ADHF.
doi:10.1136/hrt.2006.102319
PMCID: PMC1955023  PMID: 17395674

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