The Role of DMP1 in CKD-MBD

Aline Martin*, Dominik Kentrup

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose of Review: Chronic kidney disease–mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD) has become a global health crisis with very limited therapeutic options. Dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) is a matrix extracellular protein secreted by osteocytes that has generated recent interest for its possible involvement in CKD-MBD pathogenesis. This is a review of DMP1 established regulation and function, and early studies implicating DMP1 in CKD-MBD. Recent Findings: Patients and mice with CKD show perturbations of DMP1 expression in bone, associated with impaired osteocyte maturation, mineralization, and increased fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) production. In humans with CKD, low circulating DMP1 levels are independently associated with increased cardiovascular events. We recently showed that DMP1 supplementation lowers circulating FGF23 levels and improves bone mineralization and cardiac outcomes in mice with CKD. Summary: Mortality rates are extremely high among patients with CKD and have only marginally improved over decades. Bone disease and FGF23 excess contribute to mortality in CKD by increasing the risk of bone fractures and cardiovascular disease, respectively. Previous studies focused on DMP1 loss-of-function mutations have established its role in the regulation of FGF23 and bone mineralization. Recent studies show that DMP1 supplementation may fill a crucial therapeutic gap by improving bone and cardiac health in CKD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)500-509
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Osteoporosis Reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • CKD
  • DMP1
  • FGF23
  • Left ventricular hypertrophy
  • Renal osteodystrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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