Quantification of NGAL in Urine of Endurance Cycling Athletes.



Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) is a glycoprotein released during early phases of a postischemic kidney in response to kidney injury, inflammation, and oxidative stress. It can be detected in urine after 2 hours of an ischemic event. The aim was to measure and to correlate the level of urine NGAL (uNGAL) with urea, creatinine, and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of endurance cycling athletes (n = 19) and physically active individuals (control, n = 17).


Quantification of urea and creatinine were performed by dry chemical method, and GFR was calculated using the modification of diet in renal disease formula, according to Brazilian Society of Nephrology. uNGAL analyses were performed by enzyme linked immunoabsorbent assay. Analyses were performed 48 hours after exercises.


uNGAL (in ng/mL) levels, expressed as median, minimum, and maximum, in cyclist group, 387.7 (109.7-1691.0), was significantly higher than that observed in control (physically active) group, 141.5 (4.8-657.0), (P < .05). No significant correlations were observed between uNGAL and creatinine, urea, or GFR (P > .05).


Results have pointed to increased uNGAL levels in endurance cycling athletes. Increase of uNGAL in absence of clinical signs or alterations in creatinine, urea, or GFR might suggest that there is metabolic adaptation to endurance exercise, or possibly predisposition to acute kidney injury over time.


exercise training; metabolism; physical activity; risks of exercise; sport medicine 


Autor / Fonte:Julio Cezar Q Machado, Caroline M O Volpe, Leonardo S Vasconcellos, José A Nogueira-Machado Journal of Physical Activity & Health 2018 August 1, : 1-4
Link: https://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/abs/10.1123/jpah.2017-0496