Background: Aim of this prospective crossover study was to identify the nature of the middle-molecular weight solutes removed during high-volume post-dilution HDF. Methods: The efficiency in removing small molecules, protein-bound and middle-molecular proteins was evaluated in 16 chronic dialysis patients on post-dilution HDF with two high-flux dialyzer membranes (Amembris and Polyamix). Multidimensional Protein Identification Technology (MudPIT) was employed to identify middle-molecular weight solutes in spent dialysate. Results: Efficiency of post-dilution HDF in removing solutes of different MW was high with both membranes, but higher with Amembris than with Polyamix. With MudPIT analysis, 277 proteins were identified in the dialysate fluids. Although the protein-removal pattern was similar among patients and tested membranes, the total and protein-specific peptide spectral count (mass spectrometric quantitation criteria) of most proteins were higher using the Amembris membrane. Conclusions: The MudPIT approach showed to be a powerful tool to identify a broad molecular weight spectrum of proteins removed with post-dilution HDF. Short Summary: Aim of this prospective crossover study was to analyze the hydraulic properties of two high-flux dialyzer membranes (Amembris and Polyamix) during high-volume, post-dilution HDF and to evaluate the influence of these properties on the removal of proteins and peptides using an in-depth analysis of the spent dialysate. For this analysis, a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry approach called MudPIT (Multidimensional Protein Identification Technology) was used to identify the middle molecular weight solutes present in the spent dialysate of patients. The capability of post-dilution HDF in removing solutes of different MW was very high with both dialyzers, but higher with the Amembris membrane. The proteomic MudPIT approach showed to be a powerful tool to identify a wide molecular spectrum of proteins removed from blood during post-dilution HDF. These results may contribute to address research toward a better knowledge of uremic toxins and the balance between the intended and unintended removal of undesired and beneficial proteins next to identification of new target proteins as potential candidates for uremic toxicity.
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- Dialysis fluid
- Middle molecules