Journal Article

Oxidative stress status during the acute phase of haemolytic uraemic syndrome

Veronica Ferraris, Andrea Acquier, Jorge R. Ferraris, Graciela Vallejo, Cristina Paz and Carlos F. Mendez

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

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

Volume 26, issue 3, pages 858-864
Published in print March 2011 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online August 2010 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI:
Oxidative stress status during the acute phase of haemolytic uraemic syndrome

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Background. Haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) is characterized by haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopaenia and acute renal failure. The aim of this study was to investigate the levels of oxidative stress (OS) during the acute phase of HUS.

Methods. This prospective study included 18 patients diagnosed with D + HUS, 6 age-matched healthy controls and 29 children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) not caused by HUS under regular haemodialysis. Plasma lipid peroxidation and non-enzymatic antioxidant defences were measured as thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARs) and total reactive antioxidant potential (TRAP), respectively, during hospitalization and in control individuals.

Results. TBARs were significantly higher in both oliguric and non-oliguric patients at admission (1.8 ± 0.1; 1.7 ± 0.2 μM) and discharge (1.5 ± 0.1; 1.0 ± 0.1 μM) vs controls (0.5 ± 0.1 μM, P < 0.01) following disease progression. Maximal TBARs values differed significantly between oliguric and non-oliguric groups (4.5 ± 0.9 vs 2.4 ± 0.3 μM, P < 0.01) and were significantly higher (P < 0.05) than those found in ESRD patients (1.63 ± 0.1). TRAP values were significantly higher at admission and when the disease was fully established (measured here as highest TBARs record) vs controls (675 ± 51, 657 ± 60 and 317 ± 30 μM Trolox, P < 0.01), and were similar to control values at discharge (325 ± 33 μM Trolox).

Conclusions. We demonstrate here increased levels of OS during the acute phase of HUS, with peak plasma lipid peroxidation values well above those registered in ESRD individuals, and suggest a connection between OS and the clinical course of HUS.

Keywords: acute renal failure; haemolytic uraemic syndrome; oxidative stress

Journal Article.  4326 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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