Christof Ulrich

Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle-on-the-Saale, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Are you Christof Ulrich?

Claim your profile

Publications (33)155.56 Total impact

  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Maillard α-dicarbonyl compounds are known as central intermediates in advanced glycation endproduct (AGE) formation. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the human body whereas L-threo-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is an essential nutrient, involved in a variety of enzymatic reactions. Thus, the Maillard degradation of glucose and ascorbic acid is of major importance in vivo. To understand the complex mechanistic pathways of AGE formation, it is crucial to extend the knowledge on plasma concentrations of reactive key α-dicarbonyl compounds, e.g. 1-deoxyglucosone. With the present work we introduce a highly sensitive LC-MS/MS multi-method for human blood plasma based on derivatization with o-phenylenediamine under acidic conditions. The impact of workup and reaction conditions, particularly of pH, was thoroughly evaluated. A comprehensive validation provided the limit of detection, limit of quantitation, coefficients of variation and recovery rates. The method includes the α-dicarbonyls 1-deoxyglucosone, 3-deoxyglucosone, glucosone, Lederer's glucosone, dehydroascorbic acid, 2,3-diketogulonic acid, 1-deoxypentosone, 3-deoxypentosone, 3,4-dideoxypentosone, pentosone, 1-deoxythreosone, 3-deoxythreosone, threosone, methylglyoxal, glyoxal, the α-keto-carboxylic acids pyruvic acid and glyoxylic acid and the dicarboxylic acid oxalic acid. The method was then applied to the analyses of 15 healthy subjects and 24 uremic patients undergoing hemodialysis. The comparison of the results revealed a clear shift in the product spectrum. In most cases, the plasma levels of target analytes were significantly higher. Thus, this is the first time that a complete spectrum of α-dicarbonyl compounds relevant in vivo was established. The results provide further insights into the chemistry of AGE formation and will be helpful to find specific markers to differentiate between the various precursors of glycation.
    The Journal of biological chemistry. 08/2014;
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Elevated expression levels of monocytic-ACE have been found in haemodialysis patients. They are not only epidemiologically linked with increased mortality and cardiovascular disease, but may also directly participate in the initial steps of atherosclerosis. To further address this question we tested the role of monocytic-ACE in promotion of atherosclerotic events in vitro under conditions mimicking those of chronic renal failure.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(7):e102137. · 3.73 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Background/Aims: Although most hemodialysis patients share a significant 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] deficiency, supplementation is controversially discussed. A potential influence on monocyte and T lymphocyte dysfunction advocates blood level-adapted supplementation as recommended by K/DOQI guidelines. This was a prospective double-blind randomized placebo controlled trial examining immune effects of 12 weeks of cholecalciferol supplementation. Methods: We initiated serum level-adapted de novo cholecalciferol supplementation in 38 hemodialysis patients. Outcome measures were: monocyte subset cell counts (CD14+CD16++ vs. CD14++CD16+ vs. CD14++CD16-), lymphocyte Th1/Th2 differentiation frequencies, serum inflammatory proteins CRP and TNFα, parathyroid hormone (PTH), FGF-23, and α-Klotho. Results: At baseline, the mean 25(OH)D serum level in the study population was 31.7 ± 14.3 nmol/l, and only 3% of patients had levels within the normal range. At 12 weeks, 25(OH)D levels were normalized in the verum group (87.8 ± 22.3 vs. placebo 24.6 ± 8.0 nmol/l, p < 0.0001). In parallel, 1,25(OH)2D levels increased in the verum group. Monocyte subset cell counts as well as Th1 and Th2 lymphocyte frequencies did not change significantly after 12 weeks of cholecalciferol supplementation. There was also no significant difference in PTH, alkaline phosphatase, calcium, phosphate, TNFα, FGF-23, α-Klotho and CRP levels. Conclusions: Oral cholecalciferol supplementation according to the K/DOQI recommendations normalizes 25(OH)D levels without relevant side effects such as hyperphosphatemia or hypercalcemia. However, beneficial pleiotropic effects on monocyte subset cell counts, T cell differentiation, or cytokine production could not be confirmed at least at the used dosage. PTH and FGF23 levels were not affected during cholecalciferol administration.
    Nephron Clinical Practice 08/2013; 123(3-4):209-219. · 1.65 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Objectives The aim of this study was to analyze the yet ill-defined relationship of distinct human monocyte subsets with cardiovascular outcomes in a broad patient population at cardiovascular risk. Background Monocytes, the most abundant immune cell type found in atherosclerotic plaques, are crucial promoters of atherogenesis. Three distinct human monocyte subsets exist: classical CD14++CD16−, intermediate CD14++CD16+, and nonclassical CD14+CD16++ monocytes. Immunomodulation of distinct monocyte subsets has recently been discussed as a new therapeutic avenue in atherosclerosis. Methods Cardiovascular events in 951 subjects referred for elective coronary angiography were prospectively analyzed. Monocyte subset analysis was performed using flow cytometry, blinded to patients' clinical characteristics, and patients were categorized according to quartiles of total monocyte and monocyte subset counts. The primary endpoint was defined a priori as the first occurrence of cardiovascular death, acute myocardial infarction, or nonhemorrhagic stroke. Endpoint adjudication was done blinded to monocyte subset distribution. Results During a mean follow-up period of 2.6 ± 1.0 years, 93 patients experienced the primary endpoint. In univariate Kaplan-Meier analysis, counts of total (p = 0.010), classical CD14++CD16− (p = 0.024), and intermediate CD14++CD16+ (p < 0.001) monocytes predicted the primary endpoint, whereas nonclassical monocytes did not (p = 0.158). After full adjustment for confounders, CD14++CD16+ monocytes remained the only monocyte subset independently related to cardiovascular events (fourth vs. first quartile: hazard ratio: 3.019; 95% confidence interval: 1.315 to 6.928; p = 0.009). Conclusions CD14++CD16+ monocytes independently predicted cardiovascular events in subjects referred for elective coronary angiography. Future studies will be needed to elucidate whether CD14++CD16+ monocytes may become a target cell population for new therapeutic strategies in atherosclerosis.
    Journal of the American College of Cardiology 10/2012; 60(16):1512–1520. · 14.09 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Chronic inflammation in hemodialysis (HD) patients is associated with cardiovascular complications and mortality. Circulating immune active proteins in the molecular range 15-45 kD that cannot be efficiently cleared by high-flux (HF) dialysis may be causally involved. We intended to test the feasibility of using a high cutoff (HCO) dialyzer in chronic HD patients and its influence on inflammation and monocyte activation. The Gambro HCO1100 dialyzer was compared to a conventional HF membrane in a randomized double-blind crossover trial in 19 chronic HD patients selected for the presence of elevated serum C-reactive protein levels. Patients were treated for six consecutive dialysis sessions (2 weeks) with each membrane. Safety analysis recorded adverse events and albumin losses through the protein-leaking membranes. Efficacy analysis observed reductions in the number of proinflammatory (CD14+CD16+) monocyte subpopulations in circulating blood. Treatment with the HCO membrane was well tolerated, although the number of adverse events was slightly higher. Despite significant serum albumin loss (from 34.1 ± 2.7 to 29.6 ± 3.0 g/L; P < 0.01), there was no need to supplement albumin, and rising activity of cholinesterase during HCO treatment indicated compensation by enhanced hepatic synthesis. The HCO membrane cleared high amounts of proinflammatory cytokines, but did not reduce predialysis inflammatory monocytes and markers. Although the time of HD session was extended, the study was hampered by a lower Kt/V in the HCO compared to the HF period. Treatment of chronic HD patients with this HCO dialyzer for 2 weeks is tolerable in terms of albumin loss and able to clear proinflammatory cytokines; however, this was not sufficient to decrease monocyte activation. Therefore, a more selective, less albumin-leaking membrane is desirable to allow prolonged high-efficient dialysis with more effective cytokine clearance.
    Artificial Organs 07/2012; 36(10):886-93. · 1.96 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The Maillard reaction in vivo entails alteration of proteins or free amino acids by non-enzymatic glycation or glycoxidation. The resulting modifications are called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and play a prominent role in various pathologies, including normoglycemic uremia. Recently, we established a new class of lysine amide modifications in vitro. Now, human plasma levels of the novel amide-AGEs N(6)-acetyl lysine, N(6)-formyl lysine, N(6)-lactoyl lysine, and N(6)-glycerinyl lysine were determined by means of LC-MS/MS. They were significantly higher in uremic patients undergoing hemodialysis than in healthy subjects. Model reactions with N(1)-t-butoxycarbonyl-lysine under physiological conditions confirmed 1-deoxy-d-erythro-hexo-2,3-diulose as an immediate precursor. Because formation of N(6)-formyl lysine from glucose responded considerably to the presence of oxygen, glucosone was identified as another precursor. Comparison of the in vivo results with the model experiments enabled us to elucidate possible formation pathways linked to Maillard chemistry. The results strongly suggest a major participation of non-enzymatic Maillard mechanisms on amide-AGE formation pathways in vivo, which, in the case of N(6)-acetyl lysine, parallels enzymatic processes.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 11/2011; 286(52):44350-6. · 4.65 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Vitamin D deficiency and protein-energy wasting (PEW) are highly prevalent in hemodialysis (HD) patients. The goal of our study was to investigate if a lack of vitamin D influences mortality and hospitalization of HD patients with or without PEW. In 81 chronic HD patients with different nutritional status assessed by the Malnutrition Inflammation Score (MIS), vitamin D deficiency (25-OH-vitamin D(3) levels ≤30 nmol/l or ≤12 ng/ml) was prospectively investigated for its prognostic impact on mortality and hospitalization. Over a 3-year follow-up, all-cause mortality and hospitalization were determined. The predictive value of low vitamin D levels and PEW as well as their combined effect were evaluated using a multivariate Cox regression model. Vitamin D deficiency was frequent in HD patients with and without PEW. It significantly increased mortality rate in HD patients (HR 2.76 (1.33-5.73), p < 0.01), which was aggravated by concomitant PEW (HR 5.88 (2.29-15.09), p < 0.001). The hospitalization rate, however, was not influenced independently by nutritional status. Low 25-OH-vitamin D(3) concentration is an independent predictor for survival, but not for hospitalization of HD patients. It is not merely a malnutrition-associated finding, although a MIS ≥8 further impaired survival prognosis.
    Nephron Clinical Practice 08/2011; 119(3):c220-6. · 1.65 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: 'Functional foods' supplemented with plant sterol esters (PSE) and plant stanol esters (PSA) are therapeutic options for the management of hypercholesterolaemia. However, their effects on blood monocytes, endothelial function, atherogenesis, and sterol tissue concentrations are poorly understood. Male apoE-/- mice (n= 30) were randomized to three different diets for 6 weeks (n= 10 per group): high-cholesterol (1.25%) western-type diet (WTD), WTD + 2% PSE, and WTD + 2% PSA. Both supplements reduced serum cholesterol. WTD + PSE resulted in increased plant sterol serum concentrations and increased inflammatory Ly-6C(high) monocyte numbers. WTD + PSA increased plant stanol serum concentrations and Ly-6C-monocyte numbers, but decreased vascular superoxide release, lipid hydroperoxides, and inflammatory cytokines in aortic tissue, in plasma, and in circulating monocytes. Despite reduced serum cholesterol concentrations, both supplements impaired endothelial vasodilation compared with WTD. WTD + PSA reduced the development of atherosclerotic lesions compared with WTD alone (12.7 ± 3.7 vs. 28.3 ± 3.5%), and WTD + PSE was less effective (17.5 ± 3.7%). WTD + PSE and WTD + PSA reduced the cholesterol content in the liver, but not in the brain. However, WTD + PSE and WTD + PSA increased plant sterol and plant stanol concentrations in the liver as well as in the brain. PSE and PSA supplementation reduced serum cholesterol, but increased plant sterol and plant stanol concentrations. Elevated levels of PSE and PSA were associated with endothelial dysfunction and increased central nervous system depositions. Atherosclerotic lesion retardation was more pronounced in WTD + PSA, coinciding with higher regenerative monocyte numbers, decreased oxidative stress, and decreased inflammatory cytokines compared with WTD + PSE.
    Cardiovascular research 02/2011; 90(3):484-92. · 5.80 Impact Factor
  • Atherosclerosis Supplements - ATHEROSCLER SUPPL. 01/2011; 12(1):138-138.
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Circulating monocytes can be divided into functionally distinct subpopulations according to their surface expression of CD14 and CD16. Monocytes with high-level expression of both antigens (CD14(++)CD16(+), Mo2 cells) are associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in hemodialysis patients. These cells express angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) on their surface. They are involved in the association of chronic inflammation and cardiovascular disease in kidney patients. Cardiovascular morbidity results from atherosclerosis (plaque-forming, vessel occluding disease) and arteriosclerosis (loss of arterial dampening function). It is unknown whether ACE-expressing proinflammatory monocytes are related to atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, or both. During baseline examination for a prospective study on monocyte ACE expression and mortality, 60 chronic hemodialysis patients of an academic outpatient center were screened for atherosclerosis by carotid artery ultrasound, for arteriosclerosis by pulse pressure measurement, and for ACE expression on Mo2 cells by flow cytometry. ACE expression on Mo2 monocytes was significantly higher in patients with severe compared with those with little or no carotid atherosclerosis. Mo2 ACE correlated with a score to semiquantify atherosclerosis and remained a significant predictor of carotid plaques in multivariate analysis including the other univariately associated variables of age, hemoglobin A1c, and albumin. Mo2 ACE was not related to pulse pressure. ACE expression on Mo2, although being a known predictor of mortality and cardiovascular disease in end-stage renal disease patients, may act via enhancement of atherosclerosis rather than arteriosclerosis.
    Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 12/2010; 6(3):505-11. · 5.07 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) pose a worldwide growing burden to health care systems due to accelerated atherosclerosis and subsequent high cardiovascular (CV) morbidity. Atherogenesis is prominently driven by monocytes and monocyte-derived macrophages. The expression of CD14 and CD16 characterizes three monocyte subsets: CD14(++)CD16(-), CD14(++)CD16(+), and CD14((+))CD16(+) cells; the latter two are often denoted as 'proinflammatory' CD16(+) monocytes. Despite an association between CD16(+) monocyte counts and higher CV risk in cross-sectional cohorts, the prognostic impact of elevated CD16(+) monocyte counts is poorly understood. We assessed monocyte heterogeneity using flow cytometry in 119 patients with non-dialysis CKD, who were prospectively followed for a median of 4.9 (inter-quartile range 4.8-5.0) years for the occurrence of CV events. In addition, we assessed expression of chemokine receptors on monocyte subsets. CD14(++)CD16(+) monocyte were independently associated with CV events [hazard ratio (for an increase of 10 cells/μL) 1.26 (confidence interval: 1.04-1.52; P = 0.018)] after adjustment for variables that significantly affected CD14(++)CD16(+) cell counts at baseline. Across the spectrum of CKD, CD14(++)CD16(+) monocytes selectively expressed CCR5. We found that CD14(++)CD16(+) monocytes were independently associated with CV events in non-dialysis CKD patients. Our results support the notion that CD16(+) monocytes rather than CD16(-) monocytes are involved in human atherosclerosis.
    European Heart Journal 10/2010; 32(1):84-92. · 14.10 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Circulating monocytes can be divided into distinct populations according to their expression of surface markers CD14 and CD16. In patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the cell fraction expressing high levels of CD14 and CD16 is expanded and the numbers of these cells are predictive for cardiovascular disease. The present pilot study describes the predictive role of a combined biomarker consisting of high numbers of CD14(++)CD16(+) cells together with high expression of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) on these cells for mortality in CKD Stage V(D) (dialysis) patients. In a prospective observational study, monocyte subpopulations were enumerated and ACE expression was quantified in 74 CKD patients by flow cytometry. Patients were assigned to one of four groups according to monocyte population numbers and ACE expression below and above the respective medians and observed for mortality and cardiovascular events for 46 months. Patients stratified to the 'high CD14(++)CD16(+), high ACE' group (n = 22) had a dramatically enhanced mortality of 70% at 2 years compared to all other patient groups (mortality 14.8%, HR 4.86 [95% CI 2.17-10.86, P < 0.0001]). Atherosclerosis-associated events predominated among the causes of death. This study describes a new combined biomarker of monocyte subpopulation numbers together with high expression of ACE that has a striking predictive value for mortality of CKD patients. Further research into the pathophysiologic background of this observation is warranted.
    Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 02/2010; 25(7):2265-72. · 3.37 Impact Factor
  • Atherosclerosis Supplements - ATHEROSCLER SUPPL. 01/2010; 11(2):43-43.
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The relationship of cholesterol homeostasis and carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) is unknown. To address this, we assessed markers of cholesterol homeostasis (serum plant sterols and cholesterol precursor concentrations as surrogate measures of cholesterol absorption and synthesis, respectively) and cIMT in a middle-aged, statin-naive population. In this prospective study of primary prevention cIMT was measured by ultrasound in 583 hospital employees aged 25-60 years without prevalent cardiovascular disease or lipid-modifying medication. The serum concentrations of plant sterols (as markers of cholesterol absorption) were measured by gas-liquid chromatography. Lathosterol serum concentrations were quantitated to assess hepatic cholesterol synthesis. cIMT correlated positively with serum cholesterol (r = 0.22, P<0.0005) and lathosterol-to-cholesterol (r = 0.18, P<0.001). In contrast, plant sterols, as markers of cholesterol absorption, showed a weak negative correlation to cIMT measurements (r = -0.18; P<0.001 for campesterol-to-cholesterol). Stratifying subjects by serum sterol levels, we found that cIMT increased continuously over quintiles of serum cholesterol (P<0.0005) and was positively associated to serum lathosterol-to-cholesterol levels (P = 0.007), on the other hand, plant sterol levels showed a weak negative association to cIMT (P<0.001 for campesterol-to-cholesterol). In this population without prevalent cardiovascular diseases or lipid-modifying medication, markers of increased endogenous cholesterol synthesis correlated positively with cIMT, while markers of cholesterol absorption showed a weakly negative correlation. These data suggest that not only total serum cholesterol levels but also differences in cholesterol homeostasis are associated with cIMT.
    PLoS ONE 01/2010; 5(10):e13467. · 3.73 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: AIMS: Monocytes and monocyte-derived macrophages have been recognised as the cellular hallmark of atherosclerosis decades ago. Recently, they have also been shown to play a pivotal role in obesity. Monocytes display immunophenotypic heterogeneity with functionally distinct subpopulations. We initiated the I LIKE HOMe study to examine monocyte heterogeneity in obesity and subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We assessed carotid intima media thickness (IMT), body mass index (BMI), and other cardiovascular risk factors in 622 healthy volunteers. Using flow-cytometry, we differentiated monocytes into CD14(++)CD16(-) and CD16(+) cells, which we further subdivided into CD14(++)CD16(+) and CD14((+))CD16(+) cells. Body mass index was significantly correlated with carotid IMT. High CD16(+) monocyte counts were significantly associated with both higher BMI and increased carotid IMT. Adjustment for CD16(+) monocyte counts weakened the correlation between BMI and carotid IMT, suggesting that the increase in CD16(+) monocyte numbers in obesity may partly explain the association between obesity and IMT. Conclusion: Our results reveal a significant univariate association between CD16(+) monocytes and both obesity and subclinical atherosclerosis in low-risk individuals. They are in line with recent observations that CD16(+) monocytes show high endothelial affinity and a potent capacity to invade vascular lesions and to transform into pro-inflammatory cytokine producing macrophages.
    European Heart Journal 09/2009; 31(3):369-76. · 14.10 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Haemodialysis with bioincompatible membranes led to transient leukocyte activation and intra-dialytic leukopenia due to endothelial adherence. After the introduction of biocompatible membranes, only CD16(+) (i.e. CD14(++)CD16(+) and CD14((+))CD16(+)) monocytes showed an impressive transient intra-dialytic decrease. Presently, it is unclear whether this CD16(+) monocyte drop is detrimental. We investigated whether a prominent intra-dialytic decrease of CD16(+) monocytes predicts future cardiovascular (CV) events. We measured leukocyte and monocyte subpopulations in 70 patients before and 10 min after haemodialysis initiation. Patients were stratified by their intra-dialytic CD14(++)CD16(+) monocyte drop (pre-defined major drop: decline of cell counts at 10 min to <50% of pre-dialytic values; pre-defined minor drop: decline to values >50% of pre-dialytic counts). Patients were followed up for 42 +/- 2 months; endpoints were CV events and death. Patients with a minor CD14(++)CD16(+) monocyte drop had more CV events than patients with a major drop. In multivariate analysis, a minor CD14(++)CD16(+) monocyte drop was the strongest independent predictor of future CV events [hazard ratio 2.405 (95% CI 1.192-4.854)]. These data refute the assumption that a prominent intra-dialytic decrease of CD14(++)CD16(+) monocytes is detrimental. Instead, a minor cell drop could mirror CD14(++)CD16(+) monocyte dysfunction, with inadequate migratory reaction towards an immunologic stimulus posed by membrane and tubing contact.
    Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 08/2009; 24(11):3480-6. · 3.37 Impact Factor
  • Ultraschall in Der Medizin - ULTRASCHALL MED. 01/2009; 30.
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an increased risk for cardiovascular events (CVE). Uraemic dyslipidaemia, which is characterized by low HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) and elevated triglycerides' levels, may contribute to this elevated cardiovascular risk. Cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) lowers HDL-C by transferring cholesterol esters to LDL and VLDL particles. We tested the hypothesis that CETP activity is associated with CVE in patients with CKD stage V. We measured CETP activity and cholesterol levels in 69 haemodialysis patients. CVE and death were prospectively assessed over a follow-up period of 48 months. CETP activity was negatively correlated with HDL-C levels in patients without lipid-lowering medication (r = -0.379, P = 0.005). We found no difference in CETP activity in patients with cardiovascular disease at baseline compared to patients without cardiovascular disease. The same was true for incident CVE during the follow-up. When stratifying patients by median CETP activity, patients with high CETP activity did not have an increased risk for CVE (P = 0.901 by the log-rank test) or death (P = 0.615). Similarly, after stratifying patients by median HDL-C no increased risk for CVE (P = 0.780) or death (P = 0.838) was found in patients with low HDL-C. In summary, although CETP activity correlated with HDL-C levels, neither high CETP activity nor low HDL-C was associated with CVE in CKD stage V patients. Thus, pharmacological modification of HDL-C by CETP inhibitors seems to be of questionable value in these patients.
    Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 06/2008; 23(11):3599-604. · 3.37 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Migration of monocytes into the vessel wall contributes to the onset and progression of atherosclerosis. Because monocytes are a heterogeneous population, we determined potential associations between monocyte subsets and cardiovascular events in a prospective cohort of 94 dialysis patients followed for 35 months. The incidence of cardiovascular events and death measured by Kaplan-Meier plots and flow cytometric analysis of monocyte subsets showed that total leukocyte and monocyte numbers failed to predict event-free survival. Among monocyte subsets, a high CD14(++)CD16(+) monocyte number was associated with higher rates of cardiovascular events and death. In a multivariate proportional hazards model adjusted for classical cardiovascular risk factors, patients with CD14(++)CD16(+) monocyte numbers in the top quartile were at higher risk of cardiovascular events and death compared to patients in the lowest quartile. Our study suggests that the number of CD14(++)CD16(+) monocytes was independently associated with cardiovascular events and death in a high-risk population of dialysis patients.
    Kidney International 04/2008; 73(5):622-9. · 8.52 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Chronic inflammation influences renal anaemia and reduce erythropoetin effectiveness. Chronic kidney disease and haemodialysis (HD) induce elevated cytokine and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels at an inter-individually variable extent. These differences are in part due to polymorphisms within cytokine genes, e.g. for pro-inflammatory interleukin-6 (IL-6) and anti-inflammatory interleukin-10 (IL-10). We hypothesized that these polymorphisms influence erythropoetin effectiveness. Genotyping for polymorphisms of IL-6 (-174G/C) and IL-10 (-1082G/A) genes was done in 460 prevalent HD patients. Erythropoetin requirements were determined after three months of stable dosing of erythropoesis stimulating proteins (ESP). The effect of the cytokine genotypes was evaluated by multiple regression analysis. The presence of the IL-6 -174G allele (found to be related with higher secretion of IL-6) was associated with a 26% higher ESP dose compared with individuals without the G allele (P = 0.008). The IL-10 -1082 G/A polymorphism was not associated with ESP needs. Multivariate analysis detected a predictive value for ESP dose of the IL-6 polymorphism (P = 0.022), the haemoglobin level and the dose of i.v. iron, but not of age, gender, dialysis vintage, ferritin or the CRP value. Presence of the IL-6 allele -174G is related to higher ESP doses in chronic HD patients. The polymorphism of the anti-inflammatory IL-10 does not influence ESP dose, probably due to the fact that this cytokine has directly inhibitory effects on haematopoiesis in addition to its beneficial effects on inflammation.
    Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 01/2008; 22(12):3586-92. · 3.37 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

562 Citations
155.56 Total Impact Points


  • 2007–2014
    • Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
      • Clinic for Internal Medicine III
      Halle-on-the-Saale, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
  • 2003–2010
    • Universität des Saarlandes
      • • Klinik für Innere Medizin III - Kardiologie, Angiologie und internistische Intensivmedizin
      • • Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Hygiene
      Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany