Provision of antioxidant therapy in hemodialysis (PATH): a randomized clinical trial.

Himmelfarb J, Ikizler TA, Ellis C, Wu P, Shintani A, Dalal S, Kaplan M, Chonchol M, Hakim RM
J Am Soc Nephrol. 2014 25 (3): 623-33

PMID: 24371300 · PMCID: PMC3935590 · DOI:10.1681/ASN.2013050545

Increased markers of oxidative stress and acute-phase inflammation are prevalent in patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis therapy (MHD), and are associated with increased mortality and hospitalization rates and decreased erythropoietin responsiveness. No adequately powered studies have examined the efficacy of antioxidant therapies on markers of inflammation and oxidative stress. We tested the hypothesis that oral antioxidant therapy over 6 months would decrease selected biomarkers of acute-phase inflammation and oxidative stress and improve erythropoietic response in prevalent MHD patients. In total, 353 patients were enrolled in a prospective, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial and randomly assigned to receive a combination of mixed tocopherols (666 IU/d) plus α-lipoic acid (ALA; 600 mg/d) or matching placebos for 6 months (NCT00237718); 238 patients completed the study. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and IL-6 concentration were measured as biomarkers of systemic inflammation, and F2 isoprostanes and isofurans were measured as biomarkers of oxidative stress. The groups did not significantly differ at baseline. At 3 and 6 months, the treatment had no significant effect on plasma hsCRP, IL-6, F2 isoprostane, or isofuran concentrations and did not improve the erythropoietic response. No major adverse events were related to the study drug, and both groups had similar mortality and hospitalization rates during the study. In conclusion, the administration of mixed tocopherols and ALA was generally safe and well tolerated, but did not influence biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress or the erythropoietic response.

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Aged Antioxidants Biomarkers Erythropoiesis F2-Isoprostanes Female Humans Inflammation Kidney Failure, Chronic Male Middle Aged Oxidative Stress Tocopherols

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