Optical method for screening and a new proteinuria focus group

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The detection of small quantities of proteinuria has gained significance as multiple studies have demonstrated its diagnostic, pathogenic, and prognostic importance. More than 260 samples of urine taken from the patients suffering chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes and hypertension have been analysed in the certified laboratory, with urine analyser H-50 (urine test strips) and with an optoelectronic set-up specially designed for this study. Albumin, protein and creatinine concentrations have been determined in the laboratory and the data thoroughly analysed with the aim to find new approaches to tackle the lowered level proteinuria problems. Special attention has been paid to a particular screening focus group of 16 patients all having normal or slightly abnormal levels of albumin in parallel with enhanced levels of total protein (45% cases) up to 0.4 g/L. A fair correlation between the maxima in the protein, protein/creatinine, protein/albumin values and CKD in the focus group has been observed. The urine test strips method gave 94% negative false results for the focus group whereas the new sensor has shown in all cases the presence of proteins. The sensor signals higher than the mean in this focus group were obtained for the donors with the diagnosed CKD and some other diseases. The new method is based on the optical absorption measurements (285 nm) in the protein fractions received with use of the commercial desalting columns PD-10. The method can be applied in the wide region of protein concentrations from ≤0.1 g/L up to the levels of severe proteinuria (~10g/L).

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Alar Sünter

Tartu University Hospital

Email: synter@ut.ee
MSc. Estonia

Aleksander Frorip

AS Ldiamon, Tartu Science Park

Email: aleksandr@ldiamon.eu
Dr. Estonia

Vadim Korsakov

Jeko Disain OÜ

Email: vk@jekodisain.ee
Dr. Estonia

Remo Kurruk

Tartu, Family Medicine Providers Mõisavahe Centre

Email: remo.kurruk@gmail.com

Artur Kuznetsov

AS Ldiamon, Tartu Science Park

Author for correspondence.
Email: artur.kuznetsov@ldiamon.eu
Dr. science Estonia

Mai Ots-Rosenberg

Tartu University Hospital

Email: Mai.Rosenberg@kliinikum.ee
Nefrology Division of Tartu University Hospital, professor. Estonia

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