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Because of its stimulating effect on RBC production, erythropoietin (Epo) is used to treat anemia, for example, in patients on dialysis or on chemotherapy. In β-thalassemia, where Epo levels are low relative to the degree of anemia, Epo treatment improves the anemia state. Since RBC and platelets of these patients are under oxidative stress, which may be(More)
The complement (C') system and redox status play important roles in the physiological functioning of the body, such as the defense system, but they are also involved in various pathological conditions, including hemolytic anemia. Herein, we review the interaction between the C' and the redox systems in C'-mediated hemolytic anemias, paroxysmal nocturnal(More)
In the present study, we questioned the role of oxidative stress in hereditary spherocytosis (HS), where red blood cells (RBC) have a shortened survival due to primary deficiency in membrane proteins. Using flow cytometry techniques, we showed that RBC derived from 17 HS patients of seven families generate more reactive oxygen species, membrane lipid(More)
Patients with β-thalassemia major and mainly intermedia have an increased risk for developing venous and arterial thrombosis which may be related to circulating pathological red blood cells (RBC) and continuous platelet activation. In the present study we used a modified thalassemic mice model in conjunction with a "real-time" carotid thrombus formation(More)
Objectives We studied the involvement of serum-complement (C') and oxidative stress in the hemolytic anemias Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) and Auto-Immune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA), and the effect of Fermented Papaya Preparation (FPP), an antioxidant-containing yeast fermentation product of Carica papaya Linn. Methodology Normal human red blood(More)
We studied the nature of enucleated RBCs containing DNA remnants, Howell-Jolly (HJ) RBCs and reticulocytes (retics), that are characteristically present in the circulation of thalassemic patients, especially after splenectomy. Using flow cytometry methodology, we measured oxidative status parameters of these cells in patients with β-thalassemia. In each(More)
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