The Effects of Acetylcysteine on Alleviating Damage of Oxidative Stress in Hemodialysis Patients
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Conditions||anemia, atherosclerosis, end-stage renal disease, oxidative stress, pro-inflammation|
|Sponsor||Far Eastern Memorial Hospital|
|Start date||September 2005|
|End date||December 2005|
|Trial identifier||NCT00247507, 94029|
The aim of this study is to explore and identify the effects of acetylcysteine, a common mucolytic with anti-oxidant property, on alleviating the damage caused by increased oxidative stress in hemodialysis patients.
|Endpoint classification||safety/efficacy study|
|Intervention model||single group assignment|
the changes of plasma ox-LDL levels
the changes of anemia status
the responsiveness to EPO therapy and severity of atherosclerosis
Male or female participants at least 18 years old.
- On HD thrice a week at our HD unit for more than three months
- Informed consent
- The dose of EPO and iron supplement is stationary in the previous one month
- No taking acetylcysteine in previous one month
- No using vitamin E-bonded dialysis membrane
- Severe liver disease (AST or ALT >40 IU/L), proven malignancy, and severe cardiovascular disease (proved by cardiac catheter or echography examination)
- Active infection or hospitalization in previous one month
- Clinically significant bleeding episode in previous one month
- Taking vitamin C, vitamin E or other known antioxidants.
|Principal investigator||Shih-Ping Hsu, M.D.|
|Description||Oxidative stress in patients with renal failure is higher than in healthy controls. Once undergoing hemodialysis (HD) therapy, patients with end-stage renal disease even have more oxidative stress. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) denature the vital molecules, such as lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Increased ROS produce oxidized low-density lipoproteins (ox-LDL), which, in turn, induce atherosclerosis and subsequent cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death of HD patients. On the other hand, ROS damage RBC membrane and cause hemolysis. Hemolysis exaggerates uremic anemia and results in resistance to erythropoietin (EPO) therapy. Acetylcysteine, a common mucolytic, is an antioxidant as well. In vivo experiments, acetylcysteine has been demonstrated to inhibit the production of ox-LDL by ROS. Acetylcysteine has also been shown as an effective drug for prevention of contrast media-induced nephropathy in high-risk patients. Thus we hypothesize HD patients taking acetylcysteine may have less ox-LDL produced by ROS and, consequently, lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Moreover, having less damage to RBC membrane by ROS, HD patients taking acetylcysteine may have milder anemia and better responsiveness to erythropoietin therapy. Therefore, we plan to conduct a prospective trial, in which acetylcysteine is administrated to the enrolled HD patients for three months. The primary goals of the study are to realize the changes of 1) plasma ox-LDL levels, 2) the anemia status, 3) the responsiveness to EPO therapy, and 4) severity of atherosclerosis. The secondary goals are to identify the changes of oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory status in the patients.|
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