Reza Elahimehr

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BACKGROUND End-stage renal disease (ESRD) results in increased susceptibility to infections, impaired response to vaccination and diffuse B-cell lymphopenia. However, the precise nature and mechanism of ESRD-induced B-cell lymphopenia remains unclear. Therefore, we studied the distribution of major B-cell subsets, B-cell growth, differentiation and survival(More)
BACKGROUND Although bacterial infections have dramatically declined as a cause of death in the general population, they remain a major cause of mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Moreover, the response to vaccination is profoundly impaired in this population. Dendritic cells (DC) are the major antigen-presenting cells that bridge the(More)
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with accelerated atherosclerosis and increased mortality from cardiovascular disease. CKD results in oxidative stress, inflammation, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) deficiency, which work in concert to promote atherosclerosis. Normal HDL confers protection against atherosclerosis by inhibiting the oxidation of(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic renal insufficiency (CRI) is associated with a high incidence of hypertension (HTN), endothelial dysfunction, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Sedentary life style increases, whereas regular exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. This study was designed to test the effect of regular exercise on vasodilatory and(More)
Solid organ transplantation provides lifesaving therapy for patients with end stage organ disease. In order for the transplanted organ to survive, the recipient must take a lifelong cocktail of immunosuppressive medications that increase the risk for infections, malignancies and drug toxicities. Data from many animal studies have shown that recipients can(More)
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