Interleukin-1 inhibition, chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder, and physical function

Kristen L. Nowak, Adriana Hung, Talat Alp Ikizler, Heather Farmer-Bailey, Natjalie Salas-Cruz, Sudipa Sarkar, Andrew Hoofnagle, Zhiying You, Michel Chonchol

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Objective: Epidemiologic studies have suggested a link between chronic systemic inflammation and chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder (CKDMBD). Additionally, declining renal function is associated with worsening physical and cognitive function, which may potentially be explained by systemic inflammation, CKD-MBD, or both. We hypothesized that inhibiting inflammation with an interleukin- 1 (IL-1) trap would improve markers of CKD-MBD as well as physical/cognitive function in patients with moderate-to-severe CKD. Methods: In a two-site, double-blind trial, 39 patients with stage 3 - 4 CKD completed a randomized trial receiving either the IL-1 trap rilonacept (160 mg/week) or placebo for 12 weeks. The following CKD-MBD markers were assessed in serum before and after the intervention: calcium, phosphorus, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, 24,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH), and fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23). A battery of tests was also administered in a subgroup (n = 23) to assess multiple domains of physical function (endurance, locomotion, dexterity, balance, strength, and fatigue) and cognitive function. Results: Participants were 65 ± 10 years of age, 23% female, and had a mean estimated glomerular filtration rate of 38 ± 13 mL/min/1.73m2. There were no changes in serum calcium, phosphorus, any vitamin D metabolite, iPTH, or FGF23 levels (p ≥ 0.28) with IL-1 inhibition. Similarly, rilonacept did not alter locomotion, dexterity, balance, strength, fatigue, or cognitive function (p ≥ 0.13). However, endurance (400-m walk time) tended to improve in the rilonacept (-31 s) vs. placebo group (-2 s; p = 0.07). Conclusions: In conclusion, 12 weeks of IL-1 inhibition did not improve markers of CKD-MBD or physical function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-139
Number of pages8
JournalClinical nephrology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical trial
  • Fibroblast growth factor 23
  • Inflammation
  • Mineral metabolism
  • Vitamin D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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