Hepcidin in chronic kidney disease anemia.


UCIBIO\REQUIMTE, Laboratory of Biochemistry, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal. Electronic address: [Email]


Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with several complications that worsen with progression of disease; anemia, disturbances in iron metabolism and inflammation are common features. Inflammatory response starts early, releasing pro-inflammatory cytokines, acute phase reactants and hepcidin. Hepcidin production is modulated by several factors, as hypoxia/anemia, erythropoietin and erythropoiesis products, transferrin saturation (TSAT) and liver iron levels, which are altered in CKD. Treatment of CKD anemia is based on pharmaceutical intervention, with erythropoietic stimulating agents and/or iron supplementation; however, in spite of the erythropoietic benefits, this therapy, on a regular basis, involves risks, namely iron overload. To overcome these risks, some therapeutic approaches are under study to target CKD anemia. Considering the actual alerts about risk of iron overload in dialysis patients, inhibition of hepcidin, the central key player in iron homeostasis, could be a pivotal strategy in the management of CKD anemia.


Anemia,Chronic kidney disease,Erythropoietin,Hepcidin,Inflammation,Iron deficiency,Iron overload,

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