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Urinary Erythropoietin Concentrations after Early Short-Term Infusion of High-Dose Recombinant Epo for Neuroprotection in Preterm Neonates.
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PMID:  22776958     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: High-dose recombinant human erythropoietin (rEpo) has first been administered in clinical trials for neuroprotection in very preterm neonates at high risk of brain injury and in (near-) term neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. However, recent trials in adults raised concerns about the safety of high-dose rEpo for neuro- and cardioprotection. Objectives: To evaluate the putative accumulation or renal leakage of Epo as a function of developmental stage after repetitive early short-term infusion of high-dose rEpo (3 × 3,000 U/kg within 42 h after birth; NCT00413946) for neuroprotection in very preterm infants. Methods: Epo concentrations were measured using the ELISA technique in the first two consecutive urine specimens after each rEpo infusion. Results: Renal Epo excretion was significantly higher in preterm infants with gestational ages <29 weeks than in more mature infants and reached up to 23% of the administered rEpo within 8 h after each infusion. The urinary Epo concentration did not increase after three repetitive infusions of high-dose rEpo. The ratio of urinary Epo to total protein concentrations was the same in infants with gestational ages <29 weeks and in those with gestational ages ≥29 weeks. Conclusions: Our data suggest that the higher renal Epo excretion in more immature infants may be attributed to a higher glomerular filtration leakage due to the lower maturation of the kidneys and argue against saturation kinetics after multiple doses of 3,000 U/kg rEpo. This information should be considered in future trials on the use of rEpo for neuroprotection in neonates.
Christof Dame; Juliane Langer; Brigitte M Koller; Jean-Claude Fauchère; Hans Ulrich Bucher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neonatology     Volume:  102     ISSN:  1661-7819     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101286577     Medline TA:  Neonatology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  172-177     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Neonatology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany.
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