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      Carbamylated Hemoglobin as a Therapeutic Marker in Hemodialysis

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          Carbamylation requires isocyanic acid derived from urea. Carbamylation of hemoglobin (Hb) produces carbamylated Hb (carbHb), which could serve as a marker of posttranslational protein modification possibly associated with such uremic complications as atherosclerosis. Since relative carbHb levels are determined by mean urea concentration and duration of exposure, they could be used to assess the adequacy of a patient’s hemodialysis (HD) regimen. We therefore determined the relationship between carbHb and urea kinetics in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) undergoing maintenance HD. In pre-HD determinations as well as in nondialyzed subjects including healthy subjects and CRF patients without dialysis, carbHb correlated well with blood urea nitrogen (BUN) concentrations, especially with BUN averaged for the preceding 1–3 months. In HD patients, carbHb correlated significantly with urea kinetics (time-averaged concentration of urea, or TAC<sub>urea</sub>, K<sub>t</sub>/V and urea reduction rate). The estimated mean urea concentration in HD patients calculated from the relationship between carbHb and averaged BUN over 3 months in the nondialyzed groups was lower than TAC<sub>urea</sub>, suggesting that TAC<sub>urea</sub> may be an overestimate. Pre-HD BUN is not a good nutritional index since detrimental decreases in urea elimination from the body can elevate pre-HD BUN independently of nutrition. We therefore devised a new nutritional index, BUN/carbHb, which correlated significantly with serum albumin as well as the normalized protein catabolic rate. These results demonstrate that carbHb accurately reflects uremic control and the BUN/carbHb ratio could serve as an index of nutritional state in HD patients.

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            Journal
            NEF
            Nephron
            10.1159/issn.1660-8151
            Nephron
            S. Karger AG
            1660-8151
            2235-3186
            2002
            June 2002
            03 June 2002
            : 91
            : 2
            : 228-234
            Affiliations
            Department of Kidney and Dialysis, Hyogo College of Medicine, Hyogo, Japan
            Article
            58397 Nephron 2002;91:228–234
            10.1159/000058397
            12053058
            © 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel

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