The role of suPAR in kidney diseases
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Katedra Chorób Wewnętrznych, Diabetologii i Nefrologii, Wydział Lekarski z Oddziałem Lekarsko-Dentystycznym w Zabrzu, Śląski Uniwersytet Medyczny w Katowicach
Oddział Nefrologii, Wojewódzki Szpital Specjalistyczny nr 4 w Bytomiu
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Beata Łącka-Gaździk   

Katedra Chorób Wewnętrznych, Diabetologii i Nefrologii, Wydział Lekarski z Oddziałem Lekarsko-Dentystycznym w Zabrzu, Śląski Uniwersytet Medyczny w Katowicach, 3-go Maja 13/15, 41-800 Zabrze, Polska
Ann. Acad. Med. Siles. 2017;71:265-274
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is unquestionably a problem of social significance because it affects about 10% of the population. There is a search for biomarkers which could help select persons out of such a large group of patients with a high risk of disease progression and of its complications. The major cause of death in patients with end-stage renal disease are cardiovascular diseases. Accelerated atherosclerosis in this group of patients is associated with a chronic inflammatory state. The new biological marker of inflammation suPAR (soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor), is the focus of attention of the authors of this report. The relationship of suPAR with urinary tract infections and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis is also very interesting from the clinical perspective. The perception of suPAR as a blood circulating factor, inducing FSGS, throws new light on the pathomechanism of this medical condition, while unveiling promising therapeutic perspectives. A better understanding of the pathogenesis of the diseases discussed will help to reduce the unacceptably high mortality rate in patients with CKD. At present, common assaying of suPAR is not yet possible in the context of the above-mentioned issues. Nevertheless, studies are ongoing which may explain the still unclear issues concerning the relationship of the biomarker with the mentioned kidney diseases. Perhaps, follo-wing their results suPAR assays may in the near future become routine diagnostics means in selected kidney diseases.
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