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Am J Kidney Dis. 2001 Oct;38(4 Suppl 1):S175-7.

Osteoprotegerin levels before and after renal transplantation.

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Department of Transplant Surgery, Nagoya 2nd Red Cross Hospital, Nagoya, Japan.


Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is a newly identified glycoprotein that belongs to the tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily and regulates bone mass by inhibiting osteoclastic bone resorption. The regulatory mechanism of OPG is still unclear after successful renal transplantation (RTX), however, resulting in resolution of uremia. The present study was designed to clarify the potential role of OPG in uremia and after RTX under immunosuppressive therapy. We evaluated circulating OPG levels by measuring them before and after RTX (postoperative days 2, 14, and 28). Our protocol of immunosuppressive drugs was dual therapy using cyclosporine and steroids. Serum OPG was quantitated using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. After successful RTX, serum OPG levels decreased significantly on day 14 and day 28 compared with the baseline level (P < 0.05). Creatinine clearance dramatically increased until day 14 and decreased thereafter. Serum OPG declines for the first 2 weeks after RTX owing to functioning allograft and decreases again for the next 2 weeks because of steroids and possible immunosuppressive agents.

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