Background and objective: Prediction of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) progression is vital for the choice and timing of treatment and patient follow-up. This could potentially be achieved by prognostic blood biomarkers of extracellular matrix (ECM) remodelling.

Methods: Neoepitope biomarkers of types III and VI collagen turnover (C3M, C6M, PRO-C3 and PRO-C6) were measured in 185 patients with newly diagnosed IPF. Disease severity at baseline and progression over 6 months was assessed by lung function tests and 6-min walk tests. All-cause mortality was assessed over a 3-year follow-up period.

Results: High baseline levels of C3M, C6M, PRO-C3 and PRO-C6 were associated with more advanced disease at the time of diagnosis. Baseline levels of C6M and PRO-C3 were also associated with mortality over 3 years of follow-up (hazard ratio [HR]: 2.3, 95% CI: 1.3-3.9,

Conclusion: Blood biomarkers of types III and VI collagen turnover, assessed at the time of diagnosis, are associated with several indices of disease severity, short-term progression and long-term mortality. These biomarkers can help to identify patients with a high ECM remodelling phenotype at high risk of disease progression and death.

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