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      Efficacy of Prednisolone and Mizoribine Therapy for Diffuse IgA Nephropathy

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          Objective: There have been only a few studies concerning oral prednisolone and mizoribine therapy for diffuse IgA nephritis (IgAN). We evaluated the efficacy of prednisolone and mizoribine therapy for diffuse IgAN. Methods: We enrolled 34 patients who had been diagnosed as having diffuse IgAN with severe proteinuria during the period from 1992 to 1999. Following diagnostic renal biopsy, the patients were treated with prednisolone, mizoribine, warfarin and dilazep dihydrochloride. The clinical features, laboratory data and pathological findings between pre- and post-therapy were investigated. Results: The mean urinary protein excretion after 6 months of treatment had decreased significantly compared to pre-therapy. The incidence of hematuria in post-therapy was lower than that of pre-therapy. The grading index decreased significantly from 4.8 ± 2.1 at the first biopsy to 2.3 ± 1.7 at the second biopsy (p < 0.001) and the staging index decreased significantly from 4.1 ± 1.9 at the first biopsy to 2.7 ± 2.4 at the second biopsy (p < 0.05). Macrophage infiltration and α-smooth muscle actin-positive cells in the glomerulus and interstitial region decreased significantly in post-therapy compared with pre-therapy. At the most recent follow-up, none of the 34 patients had renal insufficiency. Conclusions: Our study suggested that prednisolone and mizoribine therapy is effective for those patients with the risk of progression of IgAN.

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          A multicenter trial of mizoribine compared with placebo in children with frequently relapsing nephrotic syndrome.

          The use of corticosteroids or cytotoxic/immunosuppressive agents such as cyclophosphamide, chlorambucil, and cyclosporine for the treatment of frequently relapsing nephrotic syndrome (FRNS) is limited because of their adverse effects. This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of mizoribine, a relatively new immunosuppressive drug developed in Japan, in children with FRNS. A double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial was carried out in children, from 2 to 19 years old, with FRNS. At relapse, patients were treated with prednisolone. According to a dynamic allocation, mizoribine or a placebo was concurrently administered to each patient. Prednisolone was gradually tapered and discontinued within 12 weeks. The test drug was maintained for 48 weeks. The primary end point was the relapse rate (the total number of relapses/the total treatment days for all patients). Analyses were performed according to the intention-to-treat principle. The primary analysis was conducted on 99 mizoribine- and 98 placebo-treated patients. The relapse rate was lower in the mizoribine group than in the placebo group (0.0055 vs. 0.0067; ratio 0.81, 95% CI, 0.61 to 1.05, P = 0.12). The hazard ratio of the cumulative remission rate between the two groups was 0.79 (95% CI, 0. 57 to 1.08). In the subgroups consisting of patients 10 years old or younger, the relapse rate ratio between the mizoribine subgroup (54 patients) and the placebo subgroup (57 patients) was 0.66 (95% CI, 0. 44 to 0.94, P = 0.017). The hazard ratio of the cumulative remission rate between the two subgroups was 0.56 (95% CI, 0.37 to 0.85, P = 0. 007). Hyperuricemia was the most common adverse event with mizoribine (16%), but was transient. Compared with the placebo, mizoribine significantly decreased the relapse rate and prolonged the remission period in the subgroup consisting of patients 10 years old or younger. This drug may be useful in young children with FRNS who generally relapse more frequently than older children.
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                Am J Nephrol
                American Journal of Nephrology
                S. Karger AG
                February 2004
                16 February 2004
                : 24
                : 1
                : 147-153
                Department of Pediatrics, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine, Fukushima City, Fukushima, Japan
                76243 Am J Nephrol 2004;24:147–153
                © 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Original Report: Laboratory Investigation

                Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

                IgA nephropathy, Mizoribine, Prednisolone


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