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Combined Detection of Urinary Micro Albumin, [alpha]1-microglobulin and N-acetyl-[beta]-D-glucosaminidase in the Early Diagnosis of Diabetic Nephropathy.

Byline: Xuejun Zhang, Hongyan Zhou and Yan Li

ABSTRACT

Objective: To analyze the values of combined detection of urinary micro albumin (mAlb), [alpha]1-microglobulin ([alpha]1-MG) and N-acetyl-[beta]-D-glucosaminidase (NAG) in the early diagnosis of diabetic nephropathy (DN).

Methods: Ninety-four patients with early DN who were admitted to the hospital between April 2015 and April 2016 were selected and set as a DN group. Moreover, seventy-six patients with diabetes who were admitted to the hospital in the same period were selected and set as a diabetes group, and sixty-four healthy people were selected as set as a control group. The urinary mAlb, [alpha]1-MG and NAG of the three groups were detected. Moreover, the patients were divided into a favorable blood glucose control group and a poor blood glucose control group according to the blood glucose control condition of the patients. The detection results of the three groups were compared and statistically analyzed.

Results: The urinary mAlb, [alpha]1-MG and NAG levels of the DN group were significantly higher than those of the diabetes group and control group, and the differences had statistical significance (P<0.05). The detection indicator values of the favorable blood glucose control group were much lower than those of the poor blood glucose control group, and the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). The positive rate of the combined detection of mAlb, [alpha]1-MG and NAG levels was 90.2%, which was much higher than that of single indicator (P0.05). This study has been reviewed and approved by the ethics committee of the hospital, and the patients have signed an informed consent.

Specimen collection: 10 mL of fresh morning urine was collected from each subject and then centrifuged at 3000 r/min at a radius of 12 cm for 10 minutes. Then the supernate was separated and preserved at -20 AdegC. Moreover, 3 mL of fasting venous blood was collected from each subject on the same day. Serum was separated and detected for haemoglobin A1c (HbAlc).

Detection methods: DXC800 fully automatic biochemical analyzer (Beckman, USA) and reagents which were purchased from Roche Diagnostics GmbH Co., Ltd. in German and Beijing Leadman Biochemical Inc. in China. Urinary mAlb was detected using enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Urinary [alpha]1-MG was detected using radiation and scattering turbidimetry. Urinary NAG was determined using endpoint method. All the detection procedures strictly followed instructions. The mAlb level lower than 20 mg/L, [alpha]1-MG lower than 15 mg/L and NAG lower than 15.7 U/L were determined as normal. HbAlc was measured using thin-column method. Control of blood glucose was evaluated as favorable if HbAlc was lower than 7%. The procedures followed the instructions. The item quality was controlled and non-specific disturbance was excluded to ensure the accuracy of results.

Statistical analysis: Data were analyzed using SPSS version 21.0. Measurement data were expressed as mean +- standard deviation and processed by t test. Enumeration data were expressed as % and processed by Chi-square test. Difference was considered as statistically significant if P<0.05.

RESULTS

Detection results of urinary mAlb, [alpha]1-MG and NAG levels: The urinary mAlb, [alpha]1-MG and NAG levels of patients in the DN group were significantly higher than those of the diabetes group and control, suggesting statistically significant differences (P<0.05; Table-I).

Correlation between blood glucose condition and various indicators: The detection of HbAlc demonstrated that, 97 patients had favorable control of blood glucose and 73 patients had poor control. The HbAlc, mAlb, [alpha]1-MG and NAG levels of the poor blood glucose control group were higher than those of the favorable control group, and the differences were statistically remarkable (Table-II).

Table-I: Comparison of mAlb, [alpha]1-MG and NAG levels between the three groups.

###Group###n###mAlb(mg/L)###1-MG(mg/L)###NAG(U/L)

###DN group###94###48.54+-5.68*####16.03+-3.64*####18.08+-0.52*#

###Diabetes group###76###9.72+-5.03###7.67+-2.21###10.23+-1.08

###Control group###64###5.69+-4.93###3.43+-2.75###9.41+-0.77

Table-II: Comparison of levels of indicators between groups with different blood glucose control.

###Group###n###HbAlc(%)###mAlb(mg/L)###1-MG(mg/L)###NAG(U/L)

###Favorable blood glucose control group###97###6.22+-0.56*###10.14+-5.30*###4.58+-2.13*###11.09+-1.02*

###Poor blood glucose control group###73###14.07+-1.73###45.11+-9.22###18.14+-3.37###20.14+-2.68

The positive rates of detection based on single indicators and multiple indicators in the DN group: The positive rate of detection based on urinary mAlb, [alpha]1-MG and NAG was higher than that based on single indicators, and the difference had statistical significance (P<0.05; Table-III).

DISCUSSION

It is reported that, the incidence of DN is 10% among patients who have suffered from diabetes for more than five years and 20%~30% among patients who have suffered for more than ten years.5 In early stage of DN, the reduced negative charge components on glomerular basement membrane and the increased diameter of filtration pores on glomerular filtration membrane increases the excretion volume of proteins with moderate molecular weight.6 In physiological state, mAlb which is a micro proteins with a molecular weight of 69 kD and negative charges are usually unable to pass through filtration barriers due to the effects of pore size barriers and charge barriers. Once the integrity of glomeruli is damaged, the filtration of micro proteins increases. The appearance of albuminuria and the increased level of albuminuria are associated with the extent of damage of glomeruli.7,8 Urinary mAlb in the early stage of DN is usually more sensitive to routine urine test and renal function examination.

The level of urinary mAlb increases significantly even if glomeruli experience mild damages. The results of this study suggested that the output volume of urinary mAlb of the patients with early DN was significantly higher than that of the control group. To discover early renal damages, detection of urinary mAlb is regarded as a conventional test item for DN patients.

Table-III: Comparison of positive rates of detection based on single indicators and multiple indicators in the DN group.

###No. of positive###Positive

###Indicators

###cases(n)###rate(%)

###mAlb###64###68.1

###1-MG###59###62.8

###NAG###67###71.3

###mAlb+1-MG+NAG###85###90.4*

[alpha]1-MG is a kind of glycoprotein synthesized by the liver and lymphocyte. The [alpha]1-MG with a molecular weight of 3.3 kD can pass through glomeruli freely, and 99% of them is reabsorbed and metabolized by renal tubules. When the reabsorption function of renal tubules is failed, the output volume of [alpha]1-MG will increase.9,10 In the early stage of DN, renal tubular epithelial cells fail to act as barriers because its structural integrity is damaged due to ischemia, inflammation and toxic substances; as a result, the reabsorption function fails, which leads to the remarkable increase of excretion volume.11 The results of this study suggested that the excretion volume of urinary [alpha]1-MG of patients with early DN was much higher than that of healthy people and patients with diabetes, indicating renal tubules have been damaged in the early stage of DN. Therefore, [alpha]1-MG is considered as one of the early sensitive markers for DN.

NAG, a kind of hydrolase, is extensively distributed in organs. NAG with a molecular weight of 130000 is not easy to be filtered by glomeruli. But when kidney convoluted tubules are damaged, lysosome will release a large amount of NAG, leading to the obvious increase of NAG in urine.12,13 It has been pointed out that NAG can be regarded as a sensitive marker for renal tubular damage.14 In the early stage of DN, the increase of glomeruli filtration pressure, the reduction of negative charges on filtration membrane and changes of gaping holes induce the increased filtration of proteins, activation of lysosome and increase of urinary NAG.15,16 The activity of urinary NAG is abnormal even when the excretion rate of urine proteins is normal. Therefore, the detection of activity changes of urinary NAG of patients with diabetes is beneficial to the early diagnosis of DN.

In this study, the mAlb, [alpha]1-MG and NAG levels of patients in the favorable blood glucose control group and poor blood glucose control group were detected. The results demonstrated that the levels of the three indicators of the latter group were higher than those of the former group, suggesting mAlb, [alpha]1-MG and NAG can reflect the renal damages and blood glucose control conditions of patients with diabetes. The joint detection of the three indicators can improve the detection rate of early DN and help clinical doctors formulate scientific and reasonable intervention measures to effectively control blood glucose and promote the recovery of renal functions. Moreover, the mAlb, [alpha]1-MG and NAG of the DN patients were observed to explore the clinical values of detection of single indicator or joint detection of multiple indicators in the early diagnosis of DN.

Table-III demonstrates that the positive rate of joint detection of the three indicators was 90.4%, which was significantly different with the positive rates of detection of single indicator. It suggests that joint detection of multiple indicators is superior to detection of single indicator.

CONCLUSION

Urinary mAlb, [alpha]1-MG and NAG can be regarded as the sensitive indicators for early diagnosis of DN. Joint detection of the three indicators before the appearance of proteinuria in DN patients can significantly improve the positive rate of DN diagnosis and is beneficial to the early diagnosis of renal injury, and moreover the levels of the three indicators can be used to identify the severity and location of DN early and reflect treatment effect, suggesting certain clinical values to the occurrence, development and treatment efficacy of DN.

Declaration of interest: All authors declared there was no conflict interests involved.

Grant Support and Financial Disclosures: None.

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