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Nat Rev Nephrol. 2013 Nov;9(11):641-9. doi: 10.1038/nrneph.2013.147. Epub 2013 Jul 23.

FGF-23 and secondary hyperparathyroidism in chronic kidney disease.

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Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Minerva Center for Calcium and Bone Metabolism, Nephrology, Ein Karem, Jerusalem 91120, Israel.


The metabolic changes that occur in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a profound influence on mineral and bone metabolism. CKD results in altered levels of serum phosphate, vitamin D, calcium, parathyroid hormone (PTH) and fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23); the increased levels of serum phosphate, PTH and FGF-23 contribute to the increased cardiovascular mortality in affected patients. FGF-23 is produced by osteocytes and osteoblasts and acts physiologically in the kidney to induce phosphaturia and inhibit the synthesis of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. PTH acts directly on osteocytes to increase FGF-23 expression. In addition, the high levels of PTH associated with CKD contribute to changes in bone remodelling that result in decreased levels of dentin matrix protein 1 and the release of low-molecular-weight fibroblast growth factors from the bone matrix, which stimulate FGF-23 transcription. A prolonged oral phosphorus load increases FGF-23 expression by a mechanism that includes local changes in the ratio of inorganic phosphate to pyrophosphate in bone. Other factors such as dietary vitamin D compounds, calcium, and metabolic acidosis all increase FGF-23 levels. This Review discusses the mechanisms by which secondary hyperparathyroidism associated with CKD stimulates bone cells to overexpress FGF-23 levels.

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