It remains unclear why some individuals with long-standing T1D develop diabetic kidney disease (DKD) while others do not (DKD resistors). Vasopressin and its surrogate copeptin have been implicated in the pathogenesis of DKD. We hypothesized that DKD resistors would be distinguished from those with DKD by copeptin concentrations.

Renal hemodynamic function, including renal vascular resistance (RVR), was measured by inulin and para-aminohippurate clearance at baseline and after intravenous infusion of angiotensin II as a measure of RAAS activation in 75 participants (65±8 years, HbA1c 7.4±0.8%) with prolonged T1D durations (≥50 years) and in equal numbers of nondiabetic controls (66±8 years). Copeptin was measured by B·R·A·H·M·S proAVP copeptin KRYPTOR assay. Participants with T1D were categorized as DKD resistors (n=50) if they had eGFR ≥60 ml/min/1.73 m2 and 24-hour urine albumin excretion (UAE) <30 mg/d, and as DKD (n=25) if they had eGFR <60 ml/min/1.73 m2 or 24-hour UAE >30 mg/d at their screening visit. Multivariable linear regression (adjusted for age, sex and HbA1c) was used to evaluate the relationships with copeptin.

DKD resistors had lower copeptin (least square geometric means, 95% CI: 4.0 [3.4-4.8] pmol/l) compared to those with DKD (5.8 [4.5-7.6] pmol/l, p=0.02) and the nondiabetic controls (4.8 [4.1-5.5] pmol/l, p=0.01) adjusting for age, sex and HbA1c. In T1D, copeptin inversely associated with GFR (adjusted β±SE: -8.0±3.2, p=0.02) and positively with renin concentration (50.3±24.9, p=0.049) after multivariable adjustments. These relationships were not evident in nondiabetic controls. Further, copeptin inversely associated with change in RVR following exogenous angiotensin II only in participants with T1D (adjusted β±SE: -6.9±3.4, p=0.04).

In longstanding T1D, copeptin associated with intrarenal RAAS activation and renal hemodynamic function, suggesting a possible interplay between vasopressin and RAAS in the pathogenesis of DKD.


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JDRF (17-2013-312, 2-SRA-2018-627-M-B)

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