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      Phenylacetic Acid and Arterial Vascular Properties in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5 on Hemodialysis Therapy

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          Background: Phenylacetic acid (PAA) is a recently described uremic toxin that inhibits inducible nitric oxide synthase expression and plasma membrane calcium ATPase and may therefore also be involved in remodeling of arteries. Such vascular effects have not been evaluated yet in patients with chronic kidney disease stage 5. Method: We prospectively measured the plasma concentrations of PAA using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in 50 patients with chronic kidney disease stage 5 (37 men, 13 women) on maintenance hemodialysis. Arterial vascular properties were quantified by the reflective index obtained from digital photoplethysmography. Results: During the hemodialysis session the plasma PAA concentration was reduced from 3.38 ± 0.24 mmol/l (mean ± SEM; median, 2.85 mmol/l; interquartile range, 2.02–4.52 mmol/l) to 2.25 ± 0.11 mmol/l (median, 2.06 mmol/l; interquartile range, 1.62–2.86 mmol/l; n = 50; p < 0.001). There was a significant correlation between the PAA concentration and the reflective index before the start of the hemodialysis session. Conclusion: The study demonstrates an association of PAA and arterial vascular properties in patients with chronic kidney disease stage 5.

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                Nephron Clin Pract
                Nephron Clinical Practice
                S. Karger AG
                September 2007
                05 July 2007
                : 107
                : 1
                : c1-c6
                Medizinische Klinik IV, Nephrologie, Charité Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, Deutschland
                105137 Nephron Clin Pract 2007;107:c1–c6
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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