Atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis is associated with elevated cell cycle arrest markers related to reduced renal blood flow and postcontrast hypoxia

Ahmed Saad, Wei Wang, Sandra M.S. Herrmann, James F. Glockner, Michael A. McKusick, Sanjay Misra, Haraldur Bjarnason, Lilach O. Lerman, Stephen C. Textor

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BackgroundAtherosclerotic renal artery stenosis (ARAS) reduces renal blood flow (RBF), ultimately leading to kidney hypoxia and inflammation. Insulin-like growth factor binding protein-7 (IGFBP-7) and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-2 (TIMP-2) are biomarkers of cell cycle arrest, often increased in ischemic conditions and predictive of acute kidney injury (AKI). This study sought to examine the relationships between renal vein levels of IGFBP-7, TIMP-2, reductions in RBF and postcontrast hypoxia as measured by blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) magnetic resonance imaging. MethodsRenal vein levels of IGFBP-7 and TIMP-2 were obtained in an ARAS cohort (n= 29) scheduled for renal artery stenting and essential hypertensive (EH) healthy controls (n = 32). Cortical and medullary RBFs were measured by multidetector computed tomography (CT) immediately before renal artery stenting and 3 months later. BOLD imaging was performed before and 3 months after stenting in all patients, and a subgroup (N = 12) underwent repeat BOLD imaging 24 h after CT/stenting to examine postcontrast/procedure levels of hypoxia. ResultsPreintervention IGFBP-7 and TIMP-2 levels were elevated in ARAS compared with EH (18.5 ± 2.0 versus 15.7 ± 1.5 and 97.4 ± 23.1 versus 62.7 ± 9.2 ng/mL, respectively; P< 0.0001); baseline IGFBP-7 correlated inversely with hypoxia developing 24 h after contrast injection (r = -0.73, P< 0.0001) and with prestent cortical blood flow (r = -0.59, P= 0.004). ConclusionThese data demonstrate elevated IGFBP-7 and TIMP-2 levels in ARAS as a function of the degree of reduced RBF. Elevated baseline IGFBP-7 levels were associated with protection against postimaging hypoxia, consistent with 'ischemic preconditioning'. Despite contrast injection and stenting, AKI in these high-risk ARAS subjects with elevated IGFBP-7/TIMP-2 was rare and did not affect long-term kidney function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1855-1863
Number of pages9
JournalNephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • contrast
  • ischemia
  • renal artery stenosis
  • revascularization
  • stent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation


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