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Effects of cinacalcet and concurrent low-dose vitamin D on FGF23 levels in ESRD.

Author(s): Wetmore JB, Liu S, Krebill R, Menard R, Quarles LD.

Affiliation(s): University of Kansas Medical Center, MS 3002, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66160, USA. jwetmore@kumc.edu

Publication date & source: 2010, Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. , 5(1):110-6

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF23) levels are elevated in ESRD and have been associated with adverse outcomes. The effects of various treatments for secondary hyperparathyroidism on FGF23 levels in ESRD have not been examined in a clinical trial. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We assessed intact FGF23 levels in 91 subjects over the course of the ACHIEVE trial, which was designed to compare escalating doses of Cinacalcet plus fixed low-dose calcitriol analogs (Cinaclcet-D) with titration of calcitriol analogs alone (Flex-D) to suppress parathyroid hormone. Between-group and within-group changes in log-transformed FGF23 levels were analyzed. Factors associated with change in FGF23 were assessed using a multiple regression model. RESULTS: Intact FGF23 levels were markedly elevated in subjects at baseline. A statistically significant difference in percent change in log FGF23 levels was observed between treatment groups (P < 0.002). The Cinacalcet-D group had a significant decrease in percent change in log FGF23 levels (corrected P = 0.021), whereas FGF23 levels trended toward an increase in the Flex-D group. Change in FGF23 level was significantly associated with changes in levels of phosphate (P < 0.0001) and calcium (P = 0.0002) but not parathyroid hormone. CONCLUSIONS: Treatment with Cinacalcet plus low-dose calcitriol analogs results in lower FGF23 levels compared with a treatment regimen using calcitriol analogs alone in ESRD. The mechanisms underlying the differential effects of these treatment regimens on FGF23 levels and the clinical impact of these changes on FGF23 remain to be defined.

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