Background: Elevated cardiac markers (CMs) and hyperphosphatemia are commonly encountered in patients with chronic kidney diseases (CKD), but the causal relationship between them has not been established.
Material/Methods: We enrolled 151 patients with different kidney functions in a cross-sectional study to explore the relationship of serum phosphorus with CMs, including cardiac troponin T (cTnT), myoglobin (MYO), creatine kinaseMB (CK-MB), and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP). Then, the effect of reducing phosphorus levels on CMs by taking phosphate binder for 3 months was prospectively observed in 64 hemodialysis patients. Finally, human cardiomyocytes were exposed to different concentrations of inorganic phosphorus to examine its underlying mechanism.
Results: 1) Serum phosphorus and CMs gradually increased as the glomerular filtration rate declined in CKD patients (p<0.01). 2) Elevation of CMs was much greater and cardiac structure and function were worse in CKD patients who had higher serum phosphorus concentrations (p<0.05). 3) Serum phosphorus level positively correlated with cTnT, MYO, and BNP in CKD patients (p<0.001). 4) In hemodialysis patients, the reduction of cTnT, MYO, and CK-MB was synchronous with the pharmacologically-induced decline of serum phosphorus level. However, levels of serum Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) had no statistical decrease. 5) Simulated hyperphosphatemia inhibited proliferation of human cardiomyocytes in a timeand concentration-dependent manner.
Conclusions: Hyperphosphatemia may induce myocardial damage in CKD patients, possibly through triggering apoptosis of human cardiomyocytes, and this could account for the elevated cardiac markers in CKD patients.
- Biological markers
- Fibroblast growth factors
- Renal insufficiency chronic
- Troponin T
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