Longitudinal TNFR1 and TNFR2 and Kidney Outcomes: Results from AASK and VA NEPHRON-D

Teresa K. Chen, Steven G. Coca, Michelle M. Estrella, Lawrence J. Appel, Josef Coresh, Heather Thiessen Philbrook, Wassim Obeid, Linda F. Fried, Hiddo J.L. Heerspink, Joachim H. Ix, Michael G. Shlipak, Paul L. Kimmel, Chirag R. Parikh, Morgan E. Grams

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Background Higher baseline levels of soluble TNF receptors (TNFR1 and TNFR2) have been associated with progressive CKD. Whether longitudinal changes in these biomarkers of inflammation are also associated with worse kidney outcomes has been less studied. Methods We evaluated associations of longitudinal changes in TNFR1 and TNFR2 with ESKD in the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK; 38% female; 0% diabetes) and kidney function decline (first occurrence of ≥30 ml/min per 1.73 m2 or ≥50% eGFR decline if randomization eGFR ≥60 or <60 ml/min per 1.73 m2, respectively; ESKD) in the Veterans Affairs Nephropathy in Diabetes trial (VA NEPHRON-D; 99% male; 100% diabetes) using Cox models. Biomarkers were measured from samples collected at 0-, 12-, and 24-month visits for AASK (serum) and 0- and 12-month visits for VA NEPHRON-D (plasma). Biomarker slopes (AASK) were estimated using linear mixed-effects models. Covariates included sociodemographic/clinical factors, baseline biomarker level, and kidney function. Results There were 129 ESKD events over a median of 7.0 years in AASK (n5418) and 118 kidney function decline events over a median of 1.5 years in VA NEPHRON-D (n5754). In AASK, each 1 SD increase in TNFR1 and TNFR2 slope was associated with 2.98- and 1.87-fold higher risks of ESKD, respectively. In VA NEPHRON-D, each 1 SD increase in TNFR1 and TNFR2 was associated with 3.20- and 1.43-fold higher risks of kidney function decline, respectively. Conclusions Among individuals with and without diabetes, longitudinal increases in TNFR1 and TNFR2 were each associated with progressive CKD, independent of initial biomarker level and kidney function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)996-1010
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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