Excess prevalence of fasting and postmethionine-loading hyperhomocysteinemia in stable renal transplant recipients

Andrew G. Bostom, Reginald Y. Gohh, Michael Y. Tsai, Bette J. Hopkins-Garcia, Marie R. Nadeau, Lisa A. Blanchi, Paul F. Jacques, Irwin H. Rosenberg, Jacob Selhub

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Hyperhomocysteinemia, either fasting or after methionine loading, may contribute to the increased incidence of cardiovascular disease events experienced by renal transplant recipients. Limited data are available on fasting homocysteine (Hcy) levels, and none on postmethionine-loading Hcy levels, in these patients. We assessed the prevalence and potential determinants of fasting and postmethionine-loading hyperhomocysteinemia in 29 stable renal transplant recipients and 58 age- and sex-matched, population- based controls free of renal disease with serum creatinine levels of 1.5 mg/dL or less. Total (t) plasma Hcy was determined fasting and 2 hours after methionine loading, along with fasting determinations of the B-vitamin cofactors/substrates for Hcy metabolism, ie, pyridoxal 5'-phosphate, B-12, and folate and serum creatinine. Geometric mean fasting (18.1 versus 9.8 μM, P<.001) and postmethionine-loading increase (22.0 versus 15.2, P=.001) in tHcy levels were significantly greater in the renal transplant recipients, as were the prevalence odds (with 95% confidence intervals) for fasting [14.8 (3.4-64.7)], postmethionine loading [6.9 (1.5-32.8)], combined fasting and postmethionine-loading [18.0 (2.3-142.1)] hyperhomocysteinemia, and inadequate circulating folate [4.2 (1.1-16.5)] or pyridoxal 5'-phosphate [3.2 (0.9-11.0) status. Correlation analyses suggested important potential relationships between creatinine and both fasting (+0.64; P<.001) and postmethionine-load increase (+0.38, P=.045) in tHcy, folate and fasting (- 0.41, P=.025) they, and pyridoxal 5'-phosphate and postmethionine-loading increase (-0.33, P=.091) in tHcy. We conclude that there is an excess prevalence of fasting and postmethionine-loading hyperhomo-cysteinemia in stable renal transplant recipients. Renal function is related to both fasting and postmethionine loading-hyperhomocysteinemia, inadequate folate status is associated with fasting hyperhomocysteinemia, and inadequate vitamin B-6 status may be related to postmethionine-loading hyperhomocysteinemia in this patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1894-1900
Number of pages7
JournalArteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Folate
  • Homocysteine
  • Renal function
  • Vitamin B-6


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