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Crosstalk of inflammatory mediators and lipid parameters as early markers of renal dysfunction in stable renal transplant recipients with regard to immunosuppression

Dijana Stojanovic, Tatjana Cvetkovic, Miodrag Stojanovic, Vladmila Bojanic, Nikola Stefanovic, Sonja Radenkovic, Srdjan Ljubisavljevic, Dusica Pavlovic

Nis 18000, Serbia

Ann Transplant 2013; 18:414-423

DOI: 10.12659/AOT.889239

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Published: 2013-08-14

Background: Kidney transplantation is still the treatment of choice for end-stage renal disease, therefore it is important to establish all modifiable risk factors for initiation of renal dysfunction.
Material and Methods: We enrolled 73 renal transplant recipients, who were more than 12 months post-renal transplant surgery, had a stable graft function, had no clinically present cardiovascular disease, and were on standard immunosuppressive therapy. The concentrations of intracellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), vascular adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), CRP, lipids, and lipoproteins were measured. We used logistic regression to calculate non-adjusted, age, and multivariable-adjusted ORs and 95% confidence intervals for glomerular filtration rate, GFR <60 ml/min/1.73 m2.
Results: Non-adjusted OR showed that there was a significant risk of reduced GFR in patients with total cholesterol higher than 5.19 mmol/L, LDL cholesterol ≥4.1 mmol/L, non-HDL ≥4.2 mmol/L, and higher VCAM-1 concentration. After adjustment for age and in multivariable model, OR showed a significant risk for reduced GFR in patients with total cholesterol ≥5.2 mmol/L, LDL ≥4.1 mmol/L, non-HDL ≥4.2 mmol/L, and higher VCAM-1 concentration. HDL, triglycerides, CRP, and lipoprotein ratios did not have any significance as predictors of renal dysfunction. There were no differences in all evaluated parameters between groups in regard to immunosuppressive therapy.
Conclusions: Total cholesterol, LDL, non-HDL, and VCAM-1 are strong and independent predictors of renal dysfunction in stable renal transplant recipients. In contrast, HDL, CRP, triglycerides, and ICAM-1 did not seem to have any impact on renal dysfunction.

Keywords: renal dysfunction, Inflammation, Kidney Transplantation, adhesion molecules, dyslipidemia