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Articles by K. Hanai
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  R. Bouchi , T. Babazono , N. Yoshida , I. Nyumura , K. Toya , T. Hayashi , K. Hanai , N. Tanaka , A. Ishii and Y. Iwamoto
  Aims  Silent cerebral infarction (SCI) is an independent risk factor for future symptomatic stroke. Although the prevalence of SCI is closely related to kidney function in non-diabetic individuals, evidence is lacking whether albuminuria and/or reduced estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) independently increase the risk of SCI in diabetic patients. We therefore examined the relationships between albuminuria, eGFR and SCI in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

Methods  We studied 786 T2DM patients with an eGFR ≥ 15 ml/min 1.73/m2, including 337 women and 449 men [mean (± sd), age 65 ± 11 years]. All patients underwent cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect SCI. GFR was estimated using the modified three-variable equation for Japanese subjects. Albuminuria was defined as a first morning urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) ≥ 30 mg/g.

Results  SCI was detected in 415 (52.8%) of the subjects. The prevalence of SCI was significantly associated with both elevated ACR and decreased eGFR in univariate analysis. In multivariate logistic regression analysis, urinary ACR remained independently associated with SCI after adjusting for conventional cardiovascular risk factors [odds ratio (OR) of urinary ACR per logarithmical value: 1.89, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.41-2.51, P < 0.001]; however, eGFR was no longer significantly associated with SCI (OR per ml/min 1.73/m2 = 0.99, 95% CI = 0.98-1.00, P = 0.095).

Conclusion  In conclusion, albuminuria but not decreased eGFR may be an independent predictor of prevalent SCI in patients with T2DM.

  M. Morita , K. Hanai and Y. Uchigata


To clarify whether urinary type IV collagen-to-creatinine ratio is a predictor for the incidence of microalbuminuria in patients with Type 1 diabetes.


A longitudinal observational cohort study was conducted; the subjects included normoalbuminuric patients diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes before the age of 30 years and who were less than 40 years old at the start of the observation. In total, 225 patients were enrolled (age, mean ± SD: 25 ± 5 years; male: 32.9%). The endpoint was the incidence of microalbuminuria, defined as 30 mg/g Cr ≤ urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio < 300 mg/g Cr. Patients were divided into two groups based on the median of urinary type IV collagen-to-creatinine ratio levels.


During the median follow-up period of 8.8 years (range 1.0-12.8 years), 13 patients with high urinary type IV collagen-to-creatinine ratio progressed to microalbuminuria. Meanwhile, only one patient with low urinary type IV collagen-to-creatinine ratio reached the endpoint. Kaplan-Meier estimates for the time to reach the endpoint were significantly faster for patients with a high ratio than for those with a low ratio (log-rank test, P < 0.001). In the multivariate Cox hazard analysis, the hazard ratio for patients with high vs. low urinary type IV collagen-to-creatinine ratio was 13.51 (95% CI 1.59-115.02, P = 0.017). When urinary type IV collagen-to-creatinine ratio was treated as a continuous variable, logarithmically transformed urinary type IV collagen-to-creatinine ratio, but not baseline albumin-to-creatinine ratio, was independently associated with reaching the endpoint (hazard ratio 19.23, 95% CI 1.53-242.30, P = 0.022).


Urinary type IV collagen may be an important predictor for the incidence of microalbuminuria in young patients with Type 1 diabetes.

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