Changes in serum inflammatory markers are associated with changes in apolipoprotein A1 but not B after the initiation of dialysis

George Kaysen, Lorien Dalrymple, Barbara Grimes, Glenn M. Chertow, John Kornak, Kirsten L. Johansen

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Background. Few studies have examined the changes in lipoproteins over time and how inflammation is associated with lipoprotein concentrations among patients with end-stage renal disease on dialysis. One possible explanation for the association of low LDL cholesterol concentration and adverse outcomes is that inflammation reduces selected apolipoprotein concentrations. Methods. Serum samples were collected from a subsample of patients enrolled into the Comprehensive Dialysis Study every 3 months for up to 1 year. We examined the relation between temporal patterns in levels of inflammatory markers and changes in apolipoproteins (apo) A1 and B and the apo B/A1 ratio using linear mixed effects modeling and adjusting for potential confounders. Results. We enrolled 266 participants from 56 dialysis facilities. The mean age was 62 years, 45% were women and 26% were black. Apo A1 was lower among patients with higher Quetelet's (body mass) index (BMI), diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis. Apo B was lower among older patients, patients with higher serum creatinine and patients with lower BMI. Over the course of a year, apo A1 changed inversely with serum concentrations of the acute phase proteins C-reactive protein (CRP) and α1 acid glycoprotein (α1AG), while apo B did not. Changes in α1AG were more strongly associated with changes in apolipoprotein concentrations than were changes in CRP; increases in α1AG were associated with decreases in apo A1 and increases in the apo B/A1 ratio. Conclusions. Changes in inflammatory markers were associated with changes in apo A1, but not apo B over 1 year, suggesting that reductions in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol are associated with inflammation, either of which could mediate cardiovascular risk, but not supporting a hypothesis linking increased risk of low levels of apo B containing lipoproteins to the risk associated with inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-437
Number of pages8
JournalNephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • α1 acid glycoprotein
  • apolipoprotein A1
  • apolipoprotein B
  • CRP
  • HDL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation


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