Pediatric Nephrology

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 663–670 | Cite as

Correlation between endocapillary proliferative and nephrotic-range proteinuria in children with Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis

  • Xiao-qing Yang
  • Yan-jie HuangEmail author
  • Wen-sheng Zhai
  • Xian-qing Ren
  • Qing-yin Guo
  • Xia Zhang
  • Meng Yang
  • Jian Zhang
  • Ying Ding
  • Shan ZhuEmail author
  • Tatsuo Yamamoto
  • Yuan Sun
Original Article



The endocapillary proliferative (EP) lesion is not included in the International Study of Kidney Disease in Children (ISKDC) pathological classification of Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis (HSPN). The main objective of the study was to determine the pathological importance of EP in the development of proteinuria in children with Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis (HSPN).


The pathological features of 148 HSPN children with nephrotic-range proteinuria were investigated retrospectively. Urinary IgG, transferrin, and albumin levels were measured by immunonephelometry. The correlations between EP lesion and 24-h proteinuria, urinary IgG, urinary transferrin, and urinary albumin were analyzed. Renal biopsy specimens were immunohistochemically stained for nephrin and podocalyxin.


Of the total 581 cases of children with HSPN who underwent renal biopsy, 148 cases (25.5%) presented with nephrotic-range proteinuria. The pathological types of HSPN with nephrotic-range proteinuria were categorized as IIb, IIIa, IIIb, IIIb with diffuse EP, IVb, pure focal EP type, and pure diffuse EP type. Among these types, pure diffuse EP type accounted for 7.4%. The levels of 24-h proteinuria and urinary albumin were the highest in pure diffuse EP type among all pathological types, and the percentage of EP correlated with 24-h proteinuria and urinary albumin levels. 24-h proteinuria was significantly higher in pure diffuse EP type relative to HSPN IIb type, and significantly higher in IIIb with EP, compared with HSPN IIIb. Nephrin, but not podocalyxin, was downregulated in EP segment.


EP is an independent pathogenic factor in HSPN with nephrotic-range proteinuria. Downregulation of nephrin in EP segment is a potential molecular mechanism of nephrotic-range proteinuria. Albumin is the major urinary protein component in HSPN with EP.


HSPN Nephrotic-range proteinuria Endocapillary proliferative 



This study was funded by independent innovation and applied basic research project of university basic scientific research business in 2014 (No. 2014KYYWF-ZZCX2-03) and innovation team for treatment of Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis in children by Integrated Chinese and Western medicine methods (No. 18IRTSTHN028).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiao-qing Yang
    • 1
  • Yan-jie Huang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Wen-sheng Zhai
    • 1
  • Xian-qing Ren
    • 1
  • Qing-yin Guo
    • 1
  • Xia Zhang
    • 1
  • Meng Yang
    • 1
  • Jian Zhang
    • 1
  • Ying Ding
    • 1
  • Shan Zhu
    • 2
    Email author
  • Tatsuo Yamamoto
    • 3
  • Yuan Sun
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsThe First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Traditional Chinese MedicineZhengzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsThe Second Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Traditional Chinese MedicineZhengzhouChina
  3. 3.Division of NephrologyFujieda Municipal General HospitalShizuokaJapan
  4. 4.Department of AnesthesiaStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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