Combination Treatment with Sodium Nitrite and Isoquercetin on Endothelial Dysfunction among Patients with CKD: A Randomized Phase 2 Pilot Trial

Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2020 Nov 6;15(11):1566-1575. doi: 10.2215/CJN.02020220. Epub 2020 Oct 6.


Background and objectives: Endothelial dysfunction is common among patients with CKD. We tested the efficacy and safety of combination treatment with sodium nitrite and isoquercetin on biomarkers of endothelial dysfunction in patients with CKD.

Design, setting, participants, & measurements: This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2 pilot trial enrolled 70 patients with predialysis CKD. Thirty-five were randomly assigned to combination treatment with sodium nitrite (40 mg twice daily) and isoquercetin (225 mg once daily) for 12 weeks, and 35 were randomly assigned to placebo. The primary outcome was mean change in flow-mediated vasodilation over the 12-week intervention. Secondary and safety outcomes included biomarkers of endothelial dysfunction, inflammation, and oxidative stress as well as kidney function, methemoglobin, and adverse events. Intention-to-treat analysis was conducted.

Results: Baseline characteristics, including age, sex, race, cigarette smoking, history of hypertension and diabetes, use of renin-angiotensin system blockers, BP, fasting glucose, lipid profile, kidney function, urine albumin-creatinine ratio, and endothelial biomarkers, were comparable between groups. Over the 12-week intervention, flow-mediated vasodilation increased 1.1% (95% confidence interval, -0.1 to 2.3) in the treatment group and 0.3% (95% confidence interval, -0.9 to 1.5) in the placebo group, and net change was 0.8% (95% confidence interval, -0.9 to 2.5). In addition, changes in biomarkers of endothelial dysfunction (vascular adhesion molecule-1, intercellular adhesion molecule-1, E-selectin, vWf, endostatin, and asymmetric dimethylarginine), inflammation (TNF-α, IL-6, C-reactive protein, IL-1 receptor antagonist, and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1), and oxidative stress (oxidized LDL and nitrotyrosines) were not significantly different between the two groups. Furthermore, changes in eGFR, urine albumin-creatinine ratio, methemoglobin, and adverse events were not significantly different between groups.

Conclusions: This randomized phase 2 pilot trial suggests that combination treatment with sodium nitrite and isoquercetin did not significantly improve flow-mediated vasodilation or other endothelial function biomarkers but also did not increase adverse events compared with placebo among patients with CKD.

Clinical trial registry name and registration number: Nitrite, Isoquercetin, and Endothelial Dysfunction (NICE), NCT02552888.

Keywords: chronic inflammation; chronic kidney disease; endothelial dysfunction; isoquercetin; oxidative stress; sodium nitrite.

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  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

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