Urinary angiotensinogen is associated with albuminuria in adults with sickle cell anaemia


We explored the association of novel urinary biomarkers with albumin-creatinine ratio (ACR) in adults with sickle cell anaemia. Of 37 participants, 13 (35.2%) had persistent albuminuria (PA). Urinary levels of clusterin (p = 0.002), retinol-binding protein 4 (p = 0.008), alpha-1 microglobulin (p = 0.002) and angiotensinogen (p = 0.006) were significantly higher in participants with PA than in those without PA. Although univariate analysis showed significant associations between both alpha-1 microglobulin (p = 0.035) and angiotensinogen (p = 0.0021) with ACR, only angiotensinogen was associated with ACR in multivariable analysis (p = 0.04). Our results suggest that urinary angiotensinogen may identify sickle cell anaemia patients at risk for kidney disease.

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British Journal of Haematology