Cigarette Smoking Attenuates Kidney Protection by Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibition in Nondiabetic Chronic Kidney Disease

Bethany Roehm, Jan Simoni, Jessica Pruszynski, Donald E. Wesson

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Background: Cigarette smoking exacerbates the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) decline in nondiabetic chronic kidney disease (CKD) despite the kidney protection that is achieved by angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition (ACEI). Whether smoking cessation restores ACEI-related kidney protection is not known. Methods: This 5-year, prospective, prevention trial recruited 108 smokers and 108 nonsmokers with stage-2 nondiabetic CKD with primary hypertension and urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (Ualb) >200 mg/g. All smokers underwent smoking cessation intervention programs. Blood pressure was reduced in all participants toward achieving a goal of <130 mm Hg with regimens including ACEI. The primary outcome was eGFR change, and secondary outcomes included Ualb and urine levels of angiotensinogen (UATG), a surrogate for kidney angiotensin II (AII) levels, and isoprostane 8-isoprostaglandin F (U8-iso), an indicator of oxidative stress. Results: One-year Ualb was lower than baseline in nonsmokers but not in either smoking group, supporting greater ACEI-related kidney protection in nonsmokers than smokers. Higher Ualb at 1 year in continued smokers was associated with higher UATG and higher U8-iso, consistent with smoking-induced AII and increased oxidative stress contributing to less ACEI-related kidney protection in smokers. Baseline eGFR was not different among groups (p = 0.92), but 5-year eGFR was higher in quitters than in continued smokers (62.0 ± 5.4 vs. 52.9 ± 5.6 mL/min/1.73 m2, p < 0.001); this value was lower in quitters than in nonsmokers (64.7 ± 5.6 mL/min/1.73 m2, p = 0.02). Conclusions: Smoking cessation compared with continued smoking ameliorates eGFR decline in nondiabetic CKD treated with ACEI, possibly by restoring kidney-protective effects of ACEI through reductions in kidney AII and oxidative stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-267
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Nephrology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017


  • Angiotensin II
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Isoprostane 8-isoprostaglandin F
  • Smoking cessation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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