Clinical usefulness of serum cystatin C and the pertinent estimation of glomerular filtration rate based on cystatin C

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  • Ran-Hui Cha
  • Chung Sik Lee
  • Lim, Youn Hee
  • Ho Kim
  • Seung Hwan Lee
  • Kyung Sang Yu
  • Yon Su Kim

AIM: Although cystatin C has been developed as an alternative marker for estimating glomerular filtration rate (GFR), its clinical use is as yet limited. The significance of cystatin C for differentiating chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages and established cystatin C-based equations estimating GFR were evaluated.

METHODS: The fresh frozen serum samples from CKD (n = 119) and healthy volunteers (n = 22) were evaluated. Serum creatinine (sCr) was measured by the kinetic Jaffé method, and recalibrated to the isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS). Cystatin C was measured using a particle-enhanced nephelometric assay.

RESULTS: CKD stages were more sensitively differentiated by cystatin C compared to sCr, especially in moderate and severe kidney dysfunction. Sex and body mass index did not affect cystatin C level. Pearson's correlation coefficients of reciprocal of cystatin C, measured and recalibrated sCr compared to systemic inulin clearance (Cl(in) ) were 0.757, 0.734 and 0.709, respectively. We derived novel pertinent equations based on cystatin C (model 1: 1.404 × cystatin C(-0.895)  × age(0.006) × weight(1.074) × height(-1.562)  × (0.865; if female); model 2: 43.287 × cystatin C(-0.906) × age(0.101) × (0.762; if female)]. Models 1 and 2 showed superior performance in representing systemic Cl(in) than the IDMS Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) study equations did (adjusted r(2) = 0.76 and 0.72 for models 1 and 2, and 0.64 and 0.65 for 4 and 6 variable IDMS MDRD equations, respectively).

CONCLUSION:   Cystatin C reflects kidney dysfunction sensitively, and thus cystatin C-based estimation of GFR could provide a reliable support for clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)768-76
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

Bibliographical note

© 2010 The Authors. Nephrology © 2010 Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology.

    Research areas

  • Adult, Aged, Biomarkers/blood, Case-Control Studies, Creatinine/blood, Cystatin C/blood, Female, Glomerular Filtration Rate, Humans, Kidney Failure, Chronic/blood, Korea, Male, Middle Aged, Models, Biological, Renal Insufficiency, Chronic/blood, Sensitivity and Specificity, Severity of Illness Index

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