Erythropoietin production rate in phlebotomy-induced acute anemia

College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA.
Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition (Impact Factor: 2.34). 12/2004; 25(9):389-97. DOI: 10.1002/bdd.424
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To estimate the rate of erythropoietin (EPO) production under physiological, conditions and to examine the regulatory mechanism of EPO production in response to acute phlebotomy-induced anemia.
Six sheep each underwent two phlebotomies in which the hemoglobin (Hb) was reduced to 3-4 g/dl over 4-5 h. The EPO plasma level, reticulocytes, Hb and EPO clearance were followed by frequent blood sampling. The EPO production rate was determined by a semi-parametric method based on a disposition decomposition analysis that accounts for the nonlinear disposition kinetics of EPO and corrects for time-dependent changes in the clearance.
The controlled drop in hemoglobin resulted in an abrupt increase in the plasma EPO concentration (peak level 812+/-40 mU/ml, mean+/-CV%) that was followed by a rapid drop 2-4 days after the phlebotomy at a time when the sheep were still anemic (Hb=4.3+/-16 g/dl). The EPO production rate at baseline was 43+/-52 U/day/kg and the amounts of EPO produced over an 8 day period resulting from the first and second phlebotomy were 2927+/-40 U/kg and 3012+/-31 U/kg, respectively.
The rapid reduction in the EPO plasma level observed 2-4 days following the phlebotomy cannot be explained solely by the increase in EPO clearance but also by a reduction in EPO production.

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