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Semin Nephrol. 2019 Jan;39(1):57-75. doi: 10.1016/j.semnephrol.2018.10.005.

Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 and Klotho in AKI.

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Department of Medicine, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. Electronic address:
Division of Nephrology, Bone and Mineral Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX.
Department of Medicine, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY.
Division of Renal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.


Acute kidney injury (AKI) is associated with many of the same mineral metabolite abnormalities that are observed in chronic kidney disease. These include increased circulating levels of the osteocyte-derived, vitamin D-regulating hormone, fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), and decreased renal expression of klotho, the co-receptor for FGF23. Recent data have indicated that increased FGF23 and decreased klotho levels in the blood and urine could serve as novel predictive biomarkers of incident AKI, or as novel prognostic biomarkers of adverse outcomes in patients with established AKI. In addition, because FGF23 and klotho exert numerous classic as well as off-target effects on a variety of organ systems, targeting their dysregulation in AKI may represent a unique opportunity for therapeutic intervention. We review the pathophysiology, kinetics, and regulation of FGF23 and klotho in animal and human studies of AKI, and we discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in targeting FGF23 and klotho therapeutically.


AKI; FGF23; klotho; mineral metabolism

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