High proteinuria selectivity index based upon IgM is a strong predictor of poor renal survival in glomerular diseases

Omran Bakoush, Ole Torffvit, Bengt Rippe, Jan Tencer

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Background. The transport of large proteins across the glomerular capillary wall (GCW) may increase several fold in glomerular diseases. The occurrence of IgM in urine is a consequence of the presence of large defects or shunts in the GCW, whereas albuminuria is probably a result of an altered charge- and size-selectivity of the GCW. In order to examine whether patho-morphological differences influence the renal outcome in proteinuric glomerulopathies, we examined urinary excretion of IgM and albumin as prognostic markers of glomerular disease. Methods. An observational study over a median of 41 (±3) months was conducted in 84 patients with biopsy-verified glomerular disease. The patients were subdivided into groups with low (≤0.002) and high (>0.002) proteinuria selectivity index based upon IgM (IgM-SI), and into groups with low (≤200 mg/mmol) and high (>200 mg/mmol) albumin creatinine index (ACI) Results. In the high IgM-SI group, the median creatinine clearance (Ccr) decreased by 26%, and 62% of the patients decreased in Ccr by >5 ml/min/year during the follow-up time. In comparison, the median Ccr decreased by 8% in the low IgM-SI group (P<0.001) and only 18% of the patients in this group deteriorated by >5 ml/min/year in the Ccr. Eleven (21%) of the 51 patients in the high IgM-SI group developed end-stage renal failure compared with none of the 33 patients in the low IgM-SI group. All the patients that progressed to uraemia had decreased Ccr (<60 ml/min) at entry into the study. However, among all these patients, only those with high IgM-SI, and none with low IgM-SI, developed end stage renal failure. The fall in Ccr did not differ significantly between the patients in high (12%) and low (16%) ACI groups. Conclusion. The results of this study indicate that an increased IgM-SI value is a stronger predictor of clinical outcome in proteinuric glomerulopathies than baseline albuminuria. This finding may reflect different patho-histological mechanisms influencing renal survival in glomerular diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1357-1363
Number of pages7
JournalNephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Albuminuria
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • IgM
  • Macromolecular transport
  • Proteinuria selectivity index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation


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