Long-term therapy with recombinant human erythropoietin increases CD8+ T-cell apoptosis in haemodialysis patients.

BACKGROUND We intended to assess the intensity of apoptosis in the CD4+ and CD8+ T-lymphocytes of haemodialysis (HD) patients on recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo). METHODS The expression of Fas, tumour necrosis factor-alpha receptors (TNFRI and TNFRII) and the CD28 molecule on lymphocytes was evaluated in 15 HD patients before and during treatment… CONTINUE READING