Evaluation of neopterin levels in patients undergoing hemodialysis

Asci A., BAYDAR T. , Cetinkaya R., Dolgun A. , Sahin G.

HEMODIALYSIS INTERNATIONAL, vol.14, no.2, pp.240-246, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1542-4758.2010.00439.x
  • Page Numbers: pp.240-246


Neopterin is a diagnostic or a prognostic biomarker for several pathologies including renal diseases. However, the association between neopterin status and causative main reasons such as diabetes and hypertension for renal disease remains unclear. The aim of the study was to evaluate neopterin levels in diabetes and hypertension patients treated with/without hemodialysis. According to primary renal disorders, the patients undergoing hemodialysis were classified into 4 groups as diabetic nephropathy, hypertensive nephropathy, reflux nephropathy or interstitial nephritis, and others. The controls consisted of healthy subjects, hypertensive subjects, and diabetic individuals without any renal disorder. In the study, both urinary and serum neopterin levels were measured using high performance liquid chromatography and enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay in patients undergoing regular hemodialysis therapy (n=71). The effects of the duration of hemodialysis and treatment of erythropoietin and/or iron on neopterin levels were also evaluated. Neopterin levels were found to be higher in hemodialysis patients than in the healthy controls (P < 0.05). A significant difference in neopterin levels was also found between diabetic control patients and diabetic nephropathy patients (P < 0.05). A similar significant difference was detected in neopterin levels between hypertensive patients with/without nephropathy (P < 0.05). Neopterin may be an early critical marker for progression of nephropathy in diabetic and hypertensive patients in early stages.