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Thromb Res. 2010 Jun;125(6):e310-6. doi: 10.1016/j.thromres.2010.02.013. Epub 2010 Mar 21.

Association between reduced ADAMTS13 and diabetic nephropathy.

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Laboratory and Vascular Medicine, Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima, Japan.



Deficiency of Von Willebrand factor (VWF)-cleaving protease (ADAMTS13) causes platelet thrombosis in the microcirculation. Intrarenal coagulation is thought to be associated with the development and progression of diabetic nephropathy. Our aim was to clarify the association between plasma ADAMTS13 antigen (ADAMTS13Ag) levels and diabetic nephropathy.


We measured the plasma levels of VWF antigen (VWFAg) and ADAMTS13Ag, and calculated the VWF/ADAMTS13 ratio in 86 type 2 diabetic patients and 26 healthy volunteers, to investigate the relationship between these levels and renal function. With regard to diabetic macroangiopathy, the relationship between these levels and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) was also investigated.


A significant positive and negative correlation was noted between ADAMTS13Ag and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), vWF/ADAMTS13 ratio and eGFR, respectively. The diabetic patients were divided into normoalbuminuria (n=50), microalbuminuria (n=8) and overt nephropathy (n=28) groups. Compared among these three groups and the 26 healthy volunteers, ADAMTS13Ag was significantly lower only in the overt nephropathy group. The mean carotid IMT was measured in 69 patients and was significantly negatively correlated with ADAMTS13Ag and positively correlated with VWF/ADAMTS13 ratio. When these 69 patients were divided into four groups according to eGFR and ADAMTS13 levels (ADAMTS13/eGFR; low/low: n=12; high/low: n=7; low/high: n=25; high/high: n=25), the mean carotid IMT was increased in patients with a low ADAMTS13Ag in the same eGFR group. The present study suggests that reduced ADAMTS13 might be associated with diabetic nephropathy.

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