Relative abundance of fetuin- A in peritoneal dialysis effluent and its association with in situ formation of calciprotein particles: An observational pilot study

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In patients with renal failure or chronic inflammation, the accumulation of fetuin-A-containing calciprotein particles (CPP) in the extracellular fluid has been implicated in driving inflammatory pathways and extraosseous mineral deposition. We aimed to discover whether CPP are present in the peritoneal dialysis fluid effluent (PDF) of stable peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients, and if so, how these particles might be formed.


Serum and PDF were sampled from 20 stable PD patients. CPP were quantified by the reduction in fetuin-A concentration after high speed centrifugation. 8-iso-PGF2α in PDF was measured as a marker of oxidative stress. Fetuin-A and phosphate were added to commercially available dialysis fluids to assess their ability to support CPP formationex vivo.


We report that the major protein component of these mineral-containing nanoparticles, fetuin-A, is relatively abundant in PDF and that CPP were present in the PDF of 17/20 PD patients. PDF CPP levels were strongly correlated with 8-iso-PGF2α concentrations.In vitroexperiments suggested that commonly used peritoneal dialysate fluids, irrespective of composition, could not sustain appreciablede novoCPP formationex vivo.


Fetuin-A is either actively transported or locally produced by the peritoneal membrane in PD patients. The association between fetuin-A-containing CPP and markers of oxidative stress warrants further mechanistic studies.


Oxidative stress, infection and glycation end products affect peritoneal membrane integrity. In this study, calciprotein particles (CPPs), formed from fetuin-A and calcium-phosphate crystals, were found in peritoneal dialysis fluid and were associated with an oxidative stress marker. Further studies need to determine how CPPs accumulate and whether they initiate oxidative damage.

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