Relationship among endothelial response to hyperemia, bone marrow-derived progenitor cells, and parathyroid hormone in renal transplantation

Cinzia Fatini, Elena Sticchi, Francesca Cesari, Anna Maria Gori, Gabriele Cioni, Margherita De Stefano, Elisabetta Bertoni, Nunzia Paudice, Maurizio Salvadori, Maria Zanazzi, Rosanna Abbate

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Abstract

BACKGROUND. Endothelial dysfunction may contribute to modulate cardiovascular complications in renal transplant recipients (RTRs), and a relationship between endothelial dysfunction and parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels in RTRs has been demonstrated. We evaluated the relationship between endothelial response to hyperemia and circulating progenitor cells (CPCs) and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) PTH, and genetic parameters in RTRs. METHODS. In 120 RTRs and in healthy subjects without (n=107, group A) and with cardiovascular risk factors (n=109, group B), we evaluated endothelial response to hyperemia through digital tonometry (peripheral arterial tonometry) detected by reactive hyperemia index (RHI) and EPCs and CPCs by flow cytometry. RESULTS. In RTRs, RHI median value was lower than in group A (P=0.05). EPC number was significantly lower in RTRs than in groups A and B (PC, 894G>T, and 4a/4b polymorphisms and RHI, EPC, and CPC number was found. CONCLUSIONS. This study shows an altered endothelial response, associated with reduced EPCs, and increased PTH in RTRs; the evaluation of endothelial status in RTRs may contribute to better assess the risk profile of these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-841
Number of pages7
JournalTransplantation
Volume93
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 27 2012

Keywords

  • CPCs
  • EPCs
  • Parathyroid hormone
  • Peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT)
  • Renal transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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