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Abstract: PO0917

The Novel Soluble Guanylyl Cyclase (sGC) Activator Runcaciguat Improves Cardiorenal Morbidity in a Diabetic Rat Model of CKD

Session Information

Category: Diabetic Kidney Disease

  • 601 Diabetic Kidney Disease: Basic


  • Benardeau, Agnes M., Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Stasch, Johannes-Peter, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Hahn, Michael G., Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Pavkovic, Mira, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Mathar, Ilka, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Kraehling, Jan R., Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Eitner, Frank, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Sandner, Peter, Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and Type-2-Diabetes (T2D) have a high risk of kidney failure and cardiovascular events. CKD and T2D are associated with oxidative stress impairing NO/sGC signaling thus driving CKD progression. Runcaciguat is a novel potent and selective, sGC activator able to restore sGC signaling by activating the oxidized and heme-free sGC. Here we investigated the therapeutic potential of Runcaciguat in a rat model of T2D associated CKD.


Cardiorenal morbidity was studied in diabetic and proteinuric rats. Rats (ZDF/Crl-Lebr-fa/fa, 22 weeks old male, n=20/group) were treated orally for up to 42 weeks with Runcaciguat (3 mg/kg) or placebo. Key outcome parameters included mortality, blood pressure, proteinuria, kidney histology, biomarkers of kidney and heart damages, and gene expression.


Proteinuria steadily increased over time in the placebo arm (uPCR (g/mmol) 0.9±0.1 @ baseline, 1.8±0.1 @12 wk, 5.9±0.7 @42 wk)) and was significantly reduced in the Runcaciguat arm (0.8±0.1 @ 12 wk, 3.0±0.5 @ 42 wk). Improved proteinuria was paralleled by significantly improved glomerular filtration rates @ 42 wk (55±5 ml/min vs. 36±9 in the placebo arm). Histological examination of kidney revealed that Runcaciguat strongly reduced tubular dilation, glomerulopathy and accumulation of protein cylinders. Runcaciguat significantly improved left ventricular heart weight as well as several kidney and heart injury markers in urine and in plasma.


The novel sGC activator Runcaciguat improved kidney and heart function and structure in a preclinical diabetic and hypertensive rat model and may become an effective treatment option for diabetic and chronic kidney disease patients.


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