Urinary 28-kD calbindin-D as a new marker for damage to distal renal tubules caused by cisplatin-based chemotherapy

Urologia Internationalis
M TakashiK Kato


Calbindin-D, a vitamin D-dependent calcium-binding protein of 28 kD, is found predominantly in the distal tubules of the kidney and central nervous system tissues in humans. To evaluate damage to the renal tubules caused by cisplatin-based chemotherapy, levels of urinary and serum calbindin-D were determined in patients treated with cisplatin- or carboplatin-based chemotherapies using a highly sensitive enzyme immunoassay system developed in our laboratory. Levels of urinary 28-kD calbindin-D were also determined in patients with benign and malignant urological diseases. The mean urinary calbindin-D level was 2.44 + or - 0.31 (mean + or - SE) ng/mg creatinine in 40 healthy subjects. Urinary calbindin-D levels were elevated (>10 ng/mg creatinine) in 2 of 33 patients (6%) with benign and 1 of 50 (2%) with malignant urological diseases. Urinary calbindin-D levels were significantly increased after cisplatin-based chemotherapy in 14 patients, with peaks (71.8 + or - 13.5 ng/mg creatinine) being found 8 days after administration of cisplatin, and then a gradual return to the baseline. On the other hand, 7 patients receiving carboplatin-based chemotherapy demonstrated no significant elevation (highest level 7.7 + or - 2.5 ng/mg creat...Continue Reading


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