CKD-induced wingless/integration1 inhibitors and phosphorus cause the CKD-mineral and bone disorder

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  • In chronic kidney disease, vascular calcification, renal osteodystrophy, and phosphate contribute substantially to cardiovascular risk and are components of CKD-mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD). The cause of this syndrome is unknown. Additionally, no therapy addresses cardiovascular risk in CKD. In its inception, CKD-MBD is characterized by osteodystrophy, vascular calcification, and stimulation of osteocyte secretion. We tested the hypothesis that increased production of circulating factors by diseased kidneys causes the CKD-MBD in diabetic mice subjected to renal injury to induce stage 2 CKD (CKD-2 mice). Compared with non-CKD diabetic controls, CKD-2 mice showed increased renal production of Wnt inhibitor family members and higher levels of circulating Dickkopf-1 (Dkk1), sclerostin, and secreted klotho. Neutralization of Dkk1 in CKD-2mice by administration of amonoclonal antibody after renal injury stimulated bone formation rates, corrected the osteodystrophy, and prevented CKD-stimulated vascular calcification. Mechanistically, neutralization of Dkk1 suppressed aortic expression of the osteoblastic transcription factor Runx2, increased expression of vascular smoothmuscleprotein 22-a, and restoredaortic expressionof klotho. Neutralization of Dkk1 did not affect the elevated plasma levels of osteocytic fibroblast growth factor 23 but decreased the elevated levels of sclerostin. Phosphate binder therapy restored plasma fibroblast growth factor 23 levels but had no effect on vascular calcification or osteodystrophy. The combination of the Dkk1 antibody andphosphate binder therapy completely treated theCKD-MBD.These results showthat circulating Wnt inhibitors are involved in the pathogenesis of CKD-MBDand that the combination ofDkk1 neutralization and phosphate binding may have therapeutic potential for this disorder.
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  • Fang Y; Ginsberg C; Seifert M; Agapova O; Sugatani T; Register TC; Freedman BI; Monier-Faugere MC; Malluche H; Hruska KA
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  • 1760
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  • 1773
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  • 25
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  • 8