Mark W Lethbridge

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It was hypothesized that pentoxifylline might improve the response to recombinant human erythropoietin (rh-Epo) in anemic renal failure patients. Sixteen patients with ESRD and rh-Epo-resistant anemia, defined by a hemoglobin of <10.7 g/dl for 6 mo before treatment and a rh-Epo dose of > or =12,000 IU/wk, were recruited. They were treated with oral(More)
Resistance to recombinant human erythropoietin occurs in a small but important proportion of hemodialysis patients. This may be due to increased immune activation because pro-inflammatory cytokines inhibit erythropoiesis in vitro. Using FACScan flow cytometry, the proportion of PMA/ionomycin-stimulated T cells expressing cytokines ex vivo was compared in 18(More)
Bronchial mucosal CD8(+) cells are implicated in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) pathogenesis, but there are few data on their functional properties. We have developed a novel technique to outgrow these cells from COPD patients in sufficient numbers to examine effector functions. Endobronchial biopsies from 15 COPD smokers and 12 ex-smokers, 11(More)
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