Author(s): Schoppet M, Shanahan CM
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Abstract Vascular calcification is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. A number of calcification inhibitors have been defined recently, including inorganic pyrophosphate (PP(i)), an important physicochemical inhibitor of hydroxyapatite crystal growth. Increased hydrolysis of PP(i) by tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP) may occur in renal failure and act to enhance mineralization of vessels.
This article was published in Kidney Int
and referenced in Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research