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J Am Coll Cardiol. 2005 Sep 20;46(6):1085-92.

Cross-sectional assessment of the effect of kidney and kidney-pancreas transplantation on resting left ventricular energy metabolism in type 1 diabetic-uremic patients: a phosphorous-31 magnetic resonance spectroscopy study.

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Division of Internal Medicine-Section of Nutrition/Metabolism, Universit√° Vita e Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.



To test whether left ventricular (LV) dysfunction affecting type 1 diabetic-uremic patients was associated with abnormal heart high-energy phosphates (HEPs) and to ascertain whether these alterations were also present in recipients of kidney or kidney-pancreas transplantation.


Heart failure is the major determinant of mortality in patients with diabetic uremia. Both uremia and diabetes induce alterations of cardiac HEPs metabolism.


Magnetic resonance imaging and phosphorous magnetic resonance spectroscopy of the LV were performed in the resting state by means of a 1.5-T clinical scanner. Eleven diabetic-uremic patients, 5 nondiabetic patients with uremia, 11 diabetic recipients of kidney transplantation, and 16 diabetic recipients of combined kidney-pancreas transplantation were studied in a cross-sectional fashion. Eleven nondiabetic recipients of kidney-only transplant and 13 healthy subjects served as control groups.


Uremic patients had higher LV mass, diastolic dysfunction, and lower phosphocreatine (PCr)/adenosine triphosphate (ATP) ratio in comparison with recipients of kidney-pancreas or nondiabetic recipients of kidney transplant. In diabetic recipients of kidney transplant the PCr/ATP ratio was higher than in uremic patients but was lower than in the controls. Recipients of combined kidney-pancreas transplant had a higher ratio than uremic patients but no difference was found in comparison with controls.


Altered resting myocardial HEPs metabolism may contribute to LV dysfunction in diabetic-uremic patients. In diabetic recipients of kidney transplantation, a certain degree of LV metabolic and functional impairment was found. In combined kidney-pancreas recipients the resting LV metabolism and function were not different than in controls.

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