Inflammation and Asymmetric Dimethylarginine for Predicting Death and Cardiovascular Events in ESRD Patients

G Tripepi, FR Mattace, E.J.G. Sijbrands, MS Seck, R van der Maas, R Boger, JCM Witteman, F Rapisarda, L Malatino, F Mallamaci, C Zoccali

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Background Endothelial dysfunction as assessed by asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) and inflammation has been consistently linked to atherosclerosis, death, and cardiovascular (CV) events in ESRD patients. Inflammation amplifies the effect of ADMA on the severity of atherosclerosis in ESRD patients, but it is still unknown whether inflammation and ADMA interact in the high risk of death and CV events in this population. Design, setting, participants, & measurements In a cohort of 225 hemodialysis patients, we investigated the interaction between inflammatory biomarkers (C-reactive protein and IL-6) and ADMA as predictors of death and CV events over an extended follow-up (13 years). Results During follow-up, 160 patients died, and 123 had CV events. With crude and multiple Cox regression analyses, an interaction was found between inflammation biomarkers and ADMA for explaining death and CV events in ESRD patients. The adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) for death (HR, 2.18; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.34 to 3.54) and CV outcomes (HR, 2.59; 95% CI, 1.47 to 4.55) of patients with C-reactive protein and ADMA above the median were higher than expected in the absence of interaction under the additive model (1.15 and 1.97, respectively) and significantly higher than in patients with only one biomarker above the median. Data analyses carried out by stratifying patients according to IL-6 provided similar results. Conclusions These data support the hypothesis that inflammation amplifies the risk of death and CV events associated with high ADMA levels in ESRD. These analyses further emphasize the need for intervention studies to attenuate inflammation and high ADMA levels in this population. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 6: 1714-1721, 2011. doi: 10.2215/CJN.11291210
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1714-1721
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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  • EMC COEUR-09
  • EMC NIHES-01-64-01
  • EMC OR-01-39-08

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