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A urinary microRNA panel that is an early predictive biomarker of delayed graft function following kidney transplantation

Lookup NU author(s): Lucy BatesORCiD, Professor Neil SheerinORCiD



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© 2019, The Author(s).Predicting immediate and subsequent graft function is important in clinical decision-making around kidney transplantation, but is difficult using available approaches. Here we have evaluated urinary microRNAs as biomarkers in this context. Profiling of 377 microRNAs in the first urine passed post-transplantation identified 6 microRNAs, confirmed to be upregulated by RT-qPCR in an expanded cohort (miR-9, -10a, -21, -29a, -221, and -429, n = 33, P < 0.05 for each). Receiver operating characteristic analysis showed Area Under the Curve 0.94 for this panel. To establish whether this early signal was sustained, miR-21 was measured daily for 5 days post-transplant, and was consistently elevated in those developing Delayed Graft Function (n = 165 samples from 33 patients, p < 0.05). The biomarker panel was then evaluated in an independent cohort, sampled at varying times in the first week post-transplantation in a separate transplant center. When considered individually, all miRs in the panel showed a trend to increase or a significant increase in those developing delayed Graft Function (miR-9: P = 0.068, mIR-10a: P = 0.397, miR-21: P = 0.003, miR-29a: P = 0.019, miR-221: P = 0.1, and miR-429: P = 0.013, n = 47) with Area Under the Curve 0.75 for the panel. In conclusion, combined measurement of six microRNAs had predictive value for delayed graft function following kidney transplantation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Khalid U, Newbury LJ, Simpson K, Jenkins RH, Bowen T, Bates L, Sheerin NS, Chavez R, Fraser DJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Scientific Reports

Year: 2019

Volume: 9

Issue: 1

Online publication date: 05/03/2019

Acceptance date: 18/12/2018

Date deposited: 18/12/2018

ISSN (electronic): 2045-2322

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-38642-3

PubMed id: 30837502


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