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      Erythropoietin Therapy Decreased Tissue Factor, Its Pathway Inhibitor, and Oxidative Stress in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients with Diabetes

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          Aims: We designed a study to evaluate whether erythropoietin (EPO), given to patients on continuousambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) both with and without diabetes mellitus (DM), influences tissue factor (TF), tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) and oxidative stress (SOX). Methods: We assessed TF, TFPI and a marker of SOX, Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (Cu/Zn SOD) in 16 diabetic CAPD patients (8 with EPO therapy), 39 non-diabetic CAPD patients (23 with EPO therapy) and 18 healthy controls. Results: Patients on CAPD showed a significant increase in plasma concentrations of TF, TFPI and Cu/Zn SOD as compared to controls. EPO therapy was related to a decrease in these parameters in diabetic patients, whereas in non-diabetic patients EPO did not affect their levels. In diabetics, TF was positively correlated with TFPI and Cu/Zn SOD levels. There was a positive relationship between TFPI and Cu/Zn SOD, whereas inverse relationships existed between TFPI and haemoglobin, haematocrit (Ht), EPO dose and triglycerides. Multivariate analysis showed that independent variables linked to TFPI levels in diabetic patients were Cu/Zn SOD, Ht and EPO dose. Conclusion: Our data suggest that correction of anaemia with EPO therapy is associated with a significant decrease in TF, TFPI and SOX in diabetic CAPD patients.

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              Does long-term treatment of renal anaemia with recombinant erythropoietin influence oxidative stress in haemodialysed patients?

              Patients with end-stage renal failure undergoing haemodialysis (HD) are exposed to oxidative stress. Increased levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) were demonstrated in plasma of uraemic patients, indicating accelerated lipid peroxidation (LPO) as a consequence of multiple pathogenetic factors. The aim of our investigation was to examine the role of renal anaemia in oxidative stress in HD patients. MDA and 4-hydroxynonenal (HNE) were measured in three groups of patients undergoing HD: group I comprised eight patients with a blood haemoglobin (Hb) 10 g/dl (mean Hb=12.4+/-1.9g/dl); none of these 16 patients had been treated with human recombinant erythropoietin (rHuEpo). Group III comprised 27 patients with a mean Hb of 10.5+/-1.6 g/dl after long-term rHuEpo treatment. Mean plasma concentrations of both MDA and HNE were significantly higher (P 10g/dl (MDA 2.77+/-0.58 UM, HNE 0.25+/-0.05 microM), and than HD patients treated with rHuEpo (MDA 2.50+/-0.12 microM, HNE 0.29+/-0.03 microM). Furthermore, an inverse correlation between plasma concentration of LPO products and haemoglobin levels was seen (r=0.62, P<0.0001). Radical generation in HD patients might be caused in part by renal anemia itself. Treatment with rHuEpo may decrease radical generation effectively in HD patients due to the increase in the number of red blood cells and blood haemoglobin concentration.

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                Nephron Clin Pract
                Nephron Clinical Practice
                S. Karger AG
                September 2007
                31 July 2007
                : 107
                : 1
                : c20-c25
                Departments of aNephrology and Clinical Transplantation and bMonitored Pharmacotherapy, Medical University, Bialystok, Poland
                106508 Nephron Clin Pract 2007;107:c20–c25
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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