Journal Article

Arterial stiffness and functional properties in chronic kidney disease patients on different dialysis modalities: an exploratory study

Ada W. Y. Chung, H. H. Clarice Yang, Jong Moo Kim, Mhairi K. Sigrist, Genevieve Brin, Elliott Chum, William A. Gourlay and Adeera Levin

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 25, issue 12, pages 4031-4041
Published in print December 2010 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online April 2010 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI:
Arterial stiffness and functional properties in chronic kidney disease patients on different dialysis modalities: an exploratory study

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Background. Abnormalities of vascular function and accumulation of oxidative stress have been associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dialysis modalities, peritoneal dialysis (PD) and haemodialysis (HD) may differentially impact on vascular function and oxidative stress.

Methods. Patients undergoing living donor transplantation were studied for vascular stiffness using pulse wave velocity measurements, and inferior epigastric arteries were harvested to examine in vitro stiffness and functional properties and evidence of oxidative stress. Forty-one patients were studied representing PD (n = 12), HD (n = 14) and non-dialysed recipients (n = 15).

Results. We demonstrated differences in stiffness from in vivo and in vitro measurements such that non-dialysis < HD < PD groups. The stiffness measurements did not correlate with duration of CKD nor dialysis duration, but did so with phosphate levels (r = 0.356, P = 0.02). From the in vitro isometric force experiments, HD arteries demonstrated decreased contractility and endothelium-dependent relaxation compared with PD and non-dialysis vessels. Level of oxidative stress (as indicated by the 8-isoprostane level) was 30% higher in HD arteries than in PD arteries. Protein expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase, NADPH subunits and xanthine oxidase was upregulated in HD arteries, while superoxide dismutase was downregulated. The compromised vascular function in HD arteries was improved by pharmacological means that eliminated oxidative stress.

Conclusions. We report associations between vasomotor function and oxidative stress in the vasculature of patients receiving different dialysis therapies. Oxidative stress, which may be differentially augmented during PD and HD, may play an important role in the vascular dysfunction in dialysis populations.

Keywords: chronic kidney disease; haemodialysis; oxidative stress; peritoneal dialysis; vasomotor function

Journal Article.  4292 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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