Influence of exogenous growth hormone administration on circulating concentrations of α-klotho in healthy and chronic kidney disease subjects: A prospective, single-center open case-control pilot study 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1103 Clinical Sciences

Aaltje Y. Adema, Camiel L. M. de Roij van Zuijdewijn, Joost G. Hoenderop, Martin H. de Borst, Piet M. ter Wee, Annemieke C. Heijboer, Marc G. Vervloet, R. Bindels, J. G. Hoenderop, M. H. de Borst, J. L. Hillebrands, G. J. Navis, P. M. ter Wee, M. G. Vervloet

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Background: The CKD-associated decline in soluble α-Klotho (α-Klotho) levels is considered detrimental. Some studies suggest a direct induction of α-Klotho concentrations by growth hormone (GH). In the present study, the effect of exogenous GH administration on α-Klotho concentrations in a clinical cohort with mild chronic kidney disease (CKD) and healthy subjects was studied. Methods: A prospective, single-center open case-control pilot study was performed involving 8 patients with mild CKD and 8 healthy controls matched for age and sex. All participants received subcutaneous GH injections (Genotropin®, 20 mcg/kg/day) for 7 consecutive days. α-Klotho concentrations were measured at baseline, after 7 days of therapy and 1 week after the intervention was stopped. Results: α-Klotho concentrations were not different between CKD-patients and healthy controls at baseline (554 (388-659) vs. 547 (421-711) pg/mL, P = 0.38). Overall, GH therapy increased α-Klotho concentrations from 554 (405-659) to 645 (516-754) pg/mL, P < 0.05). This was accompanied by an increase of IGF-1 concentrations from 26.8 ± 5.0 nmol/L to 61.7 ± 17.7 nmol/L (P < 0.05). GH therapy induced a trend toward increased α-Klotho concentrations both in the CKD group (554 (388-659) to 591 (358-742) pg/mL (P = 0.19)) and the healthy controls (547 (421-711) pg/mL to 654 (538-754) pg/mL (P = 0.13)). The change in α-Klotho concentration was not different for both groups (P for interaction = 0.71). α-Klotho concentrations returned to baseline levels within one week after the treatment (P < 0.05). Conclusions: GH therapy increases α-Klotho concentrations in subjects with normal renal function or stage 3 CKD. A larger follow-up study is needed to determine whether the effect size is different between both groups or in patients with more severe CKD. Trial registration: This trial is registered in EudraCT (2013-003354-24).
Original languageEnglish
Article number327
JournalBMC nephrology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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