ESPE Abstracts (2014) 82 FC10.6

The PremAldo Study: Impaired Aldosterone Signaling Worsens Renal Sodium Loss in Preterm Infants

Laetitia Martineriea,b, Eric Pussarda,c, Nadya Yousefd, Claudine Cossone, Ingrid Lemaa,c, Sebastien Murf, Pascal Boileaug & Marc Lombesa,h


aUnité Inserm 693, Le Kremlin Bicetre, France; bService Endocrinologie Pediatrique, Hopital Robert Debre, Paris, France; cService de Génétique Moléculaire, Pharmacogénétique et Hormonologie, Hôpital Bicêtre, Le Kremlin Bicetre, France; dService de Réanimation Pédiatrique et Néonatale, Hôpital Bicêtre, Le Kremlin Bicetre, France; eService de Biochimie, Hôpital Bicêtre, Le Kremlin Bicetre, France; fService de Réanimation Néonatale, CHRU, Lille, France; gService de Réanimation Néonatale, Hôpital Poissy, Poissy, France; hService d’Endocrinologie et Maladies de la Reproduction, Hôpital Bicêtre, Le Kremlin Bicetre, France


Background: Tubular immaturity, responsible for sodium wasting, is critical during the neonatal period, particularly in preterm neonates. This relates to partial renal aldosterone resistance (Martinerie, Ped Res 2009), coincident with low tubular expression of the mineralocorticoid receptor in newborns (Martinerie, Endocrinology 2009).

Objective and methods: Our clinical trial (NCT01176162) aimed to assess aldosterone resistance in neonates according to gestational age and during a 1-year postnatal follow-up period, by measuring urinary aldosterone concentration (UAC) and its correlation to the urinary Na/K ratio as an index of renal aldosterone sensitivity.

Results: We enrolled 170 newborns prospectively, classified into three groups: <33 GW (gestational weeks) (52 patients), 33–36 GW (69 patients), >37 GW (49 patients). Plasma aldosterone levels measured from umbilical cord blood samples were very high in the >37 GW group (1001±98 pg/ml) and decreased significantly with gestational age (583±48 and 380±55 pg/ml in the 33–36 and <33 GW groups, respectively, P<0.0001). This was associated with an increase in renin levels (from 81±10 pg/ml in the >37 GW group to 135±22 pg/ml in the <33 GW group), suggesting an aldosterone biosynthesis/secretion defect in preterms. UAC followed a similar pattern (from 20.2±3.2 g/mmol urinary creatinine in term neonates to 8.8±1.2 in preterms, P<0.0001) significantly correlated with plasma aldosterone levels in all groups (P<0.0001), demonstrating its accuracy as a non-invasive index of aldosterone secretion. Renal aldosterone resistance was demonstrated in all groups given the lack of correlation between UAC and the urinary Na/K ratio, and high sodium wasting at birth in very preterm infants. Renal aldosterone responsiveness appears in term infants at 1 month of age (P=0.02) while renal aldosterone insensitivity persists in the preterm groups beyond 3 months.

Conclusion: These results uncover the mechanism of sodium wasting in preterm neonates and underscore new potential therapeutic management based on UAC measurement.

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