Kidney Res Clin Pract.  2021 Mar;40(1):120-134. 10.23876/j.krcp.20.173.

Changes in plasma sclerostin level associated with use of a medium cut-off dialyzer in end-stage renal disease

  • 1Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, Wonkwang University Hospital, Wonkwang University School of Medicine Hospital, Iksan, Republic of Korea
  • 2KM Fundamental Research Division, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, Republic of Korea


Larger middle molecules are important substances associated with cardiovascular complications in end- stage renal disease. Unfortunately, larger middle molecules are not reliably removed by a high-flux dialyzer. A medium cut-off (MCO) membrane could effectively remove larger middle molecules. This study aimed to identify the long -term effect of the MCO membrane for changes of larger middle molecules.
Thirty-four patients were prospectively analyzed for 12 months. The enrolled patients were divided into control and MCO groups. We measured the plasma levels of growth differentiation factor 15, sclerostin, and fibroblast growth factor 23 in larger middle molecules and those of biomarkers including small solutes. Single-pool Kt/V (spKt/V) and reduction ratios also were evaluated.
Plasma sclerostin did not increase significantly in patients using the MCO dialyzer (135.3 [–637.7 to 908.3], p = 0.715). And there was a significant difference in change of plasma sclerostin level between the two groups (–1,646.9 [–3,015.2 to –278.7], p = 0.033). Furthermore, a negative association between calcium and sclerostin was not observed in the MCO group (r = –0.142, p = 0.587). Solute clearance of larger middle molecules in the MCO group was significantly higher. Moreover, spKt/V values for patients in the MCO group were significantly increased without albumin loss. Values are presented as mean (95% confidence interval [CI]) or adjusted mean (95% CI).
The MCO dialyzer can increase dialytic adequacy and suppress the increase in plasma sclerostin level without significant albumin loss in patients with end-stage renal disease.


Dialysis; Membranes; Molecular weight; Renal insufficiency
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