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Sci Rep. 2016 Sep 8;6:33077. doi: 10.1038/srep33077.

Impact of clinical context on acute kidney injury biomarker performances: differences between neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin and L-type fatty acid-binding protein.

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Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
Department of Nephrology and Endocrinology, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
Japan Science and Technology Agency/Japan International Cooperation Agency (JST/JICA), Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS), Tokyo, Japan.


Application of acute kidney injury (AKI) biomarkers with consideration of nonrenal conditions and systemic severity has not been sufficiently determined. Herein, urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL), L-type fatty acid-binding protein (L-FABP) and nonrenal disorders, including inflammation, hypoperfusion and liver dysfunction, were evaluated in 249 critically ill patients treated at our intensive care unit. Distinct characteristics of NGAL and L-FABP were revealed using principal component analysis: NGAL showed linear correlations with inflammatory markers (white blood cell count and C-reactive protein), whereas L-FABP showed linear correlations with hypoperfusion and hepatic injury markers (lactate, liver transaminases and bilirubin). We thus developed a new algorithm by combining urinary NGAL and L-FABP with stratification by the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation score, presence of sepsis and blood lactate levels to improve their AKI predictive performance, which showed a significantly better area under the receiver operating characteristic curve [AUC-ROC 0.940; 95% confidential interval (CI) 0.793-0.985] than that under NGAL alone (AUC-ROC 0.858, 95% CI 0.741-0.927, P = 0.03) or L-FABP alone (AUC-ROC 0.837, 95% CI 0.697-0.920, P = 0.007) and indicated that nonrenal conditions and systemic severity should be considered for improved AKI prediction by NGAL and L-FABP as biomarkers.

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