Abstract

Arsenic is toxic to many organ systems, the kidney being the most sensitive target organ. We aimed to investigate whether, in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs), the nephrotoxic exposure to arsenic could represent an overlooked hazard for graft survival. We performed a prospective cohort study of 665 KTRs with a functional graft ≥1 year, recruited in a university setting (2008‒2011), in The Netherlands. Plasma arsenic was measured by ICP-MS, and dietary intake was comprehensively assessed using a validated 177-item food-frequency questionnaire. The endpoint graft failure was defined as restart of dialysis or re-transplantation. Median arsenic concentration was 1.26 (IQR, 1.04‒2.04) µg/L. In backwards linear regression analyses we found that fish consumption (std β = 0.26; p < 0.001) was the major independent determinant of plasma arsenic. During 5 years of follow-up, 72 KTRs developed graft failure. In Cox proportional-hazards regression analyses, we found that arsenic was associated with increased risk of graft failure (HR 1.80; 95% CI 1.28-2.53; p = 0.001). This association remained materially unaltered after adjustment for donor and recipient characteristics, immunosuppressive therapy, eGFR, primary renal disease, and proteinuria. In conclusion, in KTRs, plasma arsenic is independently associated with increased risk of late graft failure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number417
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3-Feb-2020

Keywords

  • arsenic
  • diet
  • fish consumption
  • oxidative stress
  • kidney transplantation
  • graft failure
  • DRINKING-WATER
  • EXPOSURE
  • TOXICITY
  • METABOLISM
  • MORTALITY
  • VEGETABLES
  • SPECIATION
  • VALIDITY
  • MERCURY
  • CANCER

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