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In Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)

Elevated Proteinuria Increases Risk of Disease Progression

Elevated proteinuria correlates with accelerated decline in kidney function and reduced survival probability in FSGS1-3

FSGS is characterized by glomerular injury resulting from podocyte damage.4

Reduction of proteinuria to remission and partial remission thresholds can significantly improve outcomes.1,5-7


<1.5 g/g

Achieving this goal correlates with extended kidney survival

aFSGS partial remission threshold defined as <1.5 g/g with a 40% reduction from baseline.

Significantly extended survival in patients with FSGS who achieved <1.5 g/g and 40% decrease in PCR7,b

Graph depicts survival data from Saleem 2021 study showing that achievement of complete or partial remission of proteinuria resulted in a 13-year improvement in survival probabilityGraph depicts survival data from Saleem 2021 study showing that achievement of complete or partial remission of proteinuria resulted in a 13-year improvement in survival probability

Endpoints based on PCR follow-up 6 to 12 months from first nephrotic-range PCR valuec:

CR/FPRE-R, PCR <1.5 g/g and 40% decrease in PCR

FPRE-NR, not achieving CR/FPRE-R

Reducing proteinuria from nephrotic-range baseline to <1.5 g/g correlated with a 13-year extension in median survival probability vs patients who did not reach this thresholdc

CR=complete remission; eGFR=estimated glomerular filtration rate; ESKD=end-stage kidney disease; FPRE=FSGS partial remission endpoint; FPRE-NR=FPRE-non-responder; FPRE-R=FPRE-responder; FSGS=focal segmental glomerulosclerosis; PCR=protein-creatinine ratio; UP/C=urinary protein-to-creatinine ratio.

bTime to ESKD or death was analyzed using accelerated failure time modelling of the Weibull distribution and Kaplan-Meier estimates of cumulative incidence.

cBaseline pertains to first nephrotic-range proteinuria value (≥3.0 g/g) at or after disease onset.

Based on data from the National Registry of Rare Kidney Diseases (RaDaR), a UK Kidney Association initiative, in 270 patients with FSGS (150 adults age 18 and older and 120 pediatrics) with long-term data collection and comprehensive follow-up, representing a nationwide database and involving a large proportion of UK renal centers. ESKD was defined as chronic kidney disease stage 5 (confirmed eGFR <15 mL/min/1.73m2 or CKD stage 5 recorded in RaDaR) or receiving chronic dialysis or kidney transplant. Time to ESKD or death was analyzed using accelerated failure time modeling.

Epidemiology of FSGS

  • FSGS is a leading glomerular cause of kidney failure.8
  • Affects those of all ages and represents a significant proportion of glomerulopathy diagnoses.9,d
  • Is prevalent in patients with recent African ancestry, with up to 80% of biopsies identifying FSGS as the cause of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome.10,e
  • In adults, identifying FSGS requires biopsy. Further evaluation may be required to differentiate the classification of primary, genetic, or secondary FSGS, or FSGS of undetermined cause (FSGS-UC).5

dAnalyses conducted from the NEPTUNE cohort; n=441 proteinuric patients (≥0.5 g/24 hrs) undergoing kidney biopsy; NEPTUNE=Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network.

eBased on US data.

Endothelin-1 and angiotensin II are key mechanisms of disease progression in FSGS11:

  • Work in tandem to amplify podocyte injury
  • Causing injury resulting in glomerular filtration breakdown
  • Increasing proteinuria

Treatment options are limited

There are no FDA-approved drugs indicated for the treatment of FSGS.12

Treatment strategies are based on limited evidence and include5,12:

  • Immunosuppressive treatment
  • ACEi/ARB

Research is ongoing to help address the needs in patients with FSGS who are at high risk of rapid progression13

Endothelin-1 and angiotensin II work in tandem to exacerbate kidney injury

ACEi=angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor; ARB=angiotensin II receptor blocker; FDA=Food and Drug Administration; IgA=immunoglobulin A.


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