Serum concentrations of basement membrane proteins in NIDDM as a prognostic marker for nephropathy

Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 1995 Jan;27(1):39-49. doi: 10.1016/0168-8227(94)01008-n.


Metabolic changes of basement membrane proteins, collagenous and non-collagenous, will be followed by morphological changes and develop into diabetic microangiopathy. In this study, serum concentrations of laminin and type IV collagen were measured in 87 cases o f non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) and examined with the development of diabetic nephropathy and retinopathy. Serum type IV collagen was measured by two methods, assays of the 7S portion (7S-RIA) and of both the 7S and central triple helical domain (IV-EIA). IV-EIA showed more significant elevation with development of diabetic microangiopathy than 7S-RIA and laminin. After measurement of basement membrane proteins, 66 cases were followed clinically for 3 or 4 years. In 45 cases without worsening of diabetic nephropathy, IV-EIA and laminin concentrations in serum were significantly lower than those in 21 cases who showed worsening of diabetic nephropathy in the same period, Multivariate analysis revealed a good model including three dependent variables of serum values of laminin, IV-EIA and mean blood pressure for discriminating between the worsened group and the non-worsened group. High values of IV-EIA and laminin in serum may be useful in predicting the worsening of diabetic nephropathy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Albuminuria
  • Basement Membrane
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Blood Pressure
  • Collagen / blood*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / physiopathology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / urine
  • Diabetic Nephropathies / blood
  • Diabetic Nephropathies / physiopathology*
  • Diabetic Nephropathies / urine
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / blood
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / analysis
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Laminin / blood*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Proteinuria


  • Biomarkers
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • Laminin
  • Collagen