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PloS one

Periostin as a tissue and urinary biomarker of renal injury in type 2 diabetes mellitus.


PMID 25884625

Abstract

Improving the early detection of diabetic nephropathy remains a great challenge in disease management. Periostin is a marker of renal tubular injury and related to progressive kidney injury in animal models of chronic kidney disease. The clinical implications of urinary periostin activities in patients with type 2 diabetes have not been evaluated. Urine samples were obtained from 30 healthy volunteers and 328 type 2 diabetic patients with normoalbuminuria (n=114), microalbuminuria (n=100) and macroalbuminuria (n=114). The excretion levels of urinary periostin were quantified with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Immunohistochemical periostin expression was determined in kidney tissues from overt diabetic nephropathy. Increased periostin expression in glomeruli and tubular epithelium in diabetic renal pathology was observed. Urinary periostin levels were significantly elevated in the patients of the normoalbuminuria [3.06 (IQR: 1.12, 6.77) ng/mgCr], microalbuminuria [8.71 (IQR: 5.09, 19.29) ng/mgCr] and macroalbuminuria [13.58 (IQR: 3.99, 16.19) ng/mgCr] compared with healthy controls [1.15 (IQR: 0.60, 1.63) ng/mgCr] (P<0.01).Increased urine periostin level significantly correlated with aging, high albuminuria and decline of GFR. Urine periostin ELISA also demonstrated high performance for the diagnosis of established normoalbuminuric, microalbuminuric and macroalbuminuric type 2 diabetes (AUC 0.78 (95%CI, 0.71 to 0.86), 0.99 (95%CI, 0.98 to 1.00) and 0.95 (95%CI, 0.91 to 0.98), respectively). The study indicates that increased urine periostin levels can be detected in patients with type 2 diabetes before the onset of significant albuminuria. Urinary periostin is an associated renal derangement in patients with established diabetic nephropathy and it may be used as an early marker of diabetic renal injury.