Publications of Christophe BOVY
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See detailNouveautés thérapeutiques en Néphrologie : 10 ans d'avancées
BOVY, Christophe ULiege; DELANAYE, Pierre ULiege; JOURET, François ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2020), 75(5-6), 336-343

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) impairs the quality of life and increases the risk for cardiovascular morbimortality. Intensive research is conducted in order to slow down CKD development and progression ... [more ▼]

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) impairs the quality of life and increases the risk for cardiovascular morbimortality. Intensive research is conducted in order to slow down CKD development and progression. During the past decade, a better understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms of glomerular diseases has highlighted the benefits of rituximab. Progresses have also been made in the understanding of the mechanisms of autosomal polycystic kidney disease, the most frequent inherited kidney disease. These observations led to the discovery and validation of tolvaptan, a blocker of the V2 receptor of the antidiuretic hormone as an innovative treatment. Type 2 diabetic disease is the leading cause worldwide of endstage kidney disease and dialysis. The development of new drugs, such as the gliflozins (inhibiting the sodium glucose reabsorption in the proximal tubule), has contributed to an improvement in the management of the cardiovascular and renal risks especially reducing congestive heart failure rate. Another important progress in nephrology since the beginning of the new century concerns a more precise estimation of the kidney function, which allows to better evaluate the slope of CKD progression and test the influence of different therapeutic approaches aiming at correcting anemia, hyperkalemia, metabolic acidosis and disturbances of calcium and phosphate. The present review summarizes all of these major advances in the field of CKD diagnosis and treatment, and envisions the future of nephrology for the next decade. [less ▲]

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See detailIgG4-related membranous glomerulonephritis and generalized lymphadenopathy without pancreatitis: a case report
HUART, Justine ULiege; GROSCH, Stéphanie ULiege; BOVY, Christophe ULiege et al

in BMC Nephrology (2017), 18

Abstract Background: IgG4-related disease is a recently described pathologic entity. This is the case of a patient with nephrotic syndrome and lymphadenopathy due to IgG4-related disease. Such a kidney ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background: IgG4-related disease is a recently described pathologic entity. This is the case of a patient with nephrotic syndrome and lymphadenopathy due to IgG4-related disease. Such a kidney involvement is quite peculiar and has only been described a few times recently. Renal biopsy showed a glomerular involvement with membranous glomerulonephritis in association with a tubulo-interstitial nephropathy. Moreover, the patient was not suffering from pancreatitis. Case presentation: The patient is a middle-aged man of Moroccan origin. He has developed recurrent episodes of diffuse lymphadenopathies, renal failure and nephrotic syndrome. Renal biopsies showed membranous glomerulonephritis. Discussion and conclusion: The diagnostic approach of this atypical presentation is discussed in this case report as well as diagnostic criteria, therapeutic strategies, biomarkers and pathophysiology of IgG4-related disease. IgG4-related membranous glomerulonephritis is a well-established cause of membranous glomerulonephritis. It must be sought after in every patient with a previous diagnosis of IgG4-related disease and in every patient with this histological finding on renal biopsy. Corticoids are still the first-line treatment of IgG4-related disease. New therapeutic strategies are needed to avoid glucocorticoids long term side-effects. Interestingly, the patient was prescribed cyclophosphamide in addition to glucocorticoids for an immune thrombocytopenia. This treatment had a very good impact on his IgG4-related disease. [less ▲]

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See detailLa néphropathie lupique : les nouvelles perspectives de traitement
JADOT, Virginie ULiege; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULiege; VON FRENCKELL, Christian ULiege et al

in Néphrologie et Thérapeutique (2017), 14

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a chronic autoimmune disease. Both acquired and innate immune systems are involved in the development of this systemic disease. Lupus nephritis usually is the most serious ... [more ▼]

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a chronic autoimmune disease. Both acquired and innate immune systems are involved in the development of this systemic disease. Lupus nephritis usually is the most serious manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus, with significant morbidity and mortality. The physiopathological development of the renal involvement of lupus has been increasingly elucidated over the years and various target therapies have recently been developed. After some physiopathological reminders, we discuss the conventional treatment of lupus nephritis as well as the various therapeutic advances, in particular the contribution and the place of the new target therapies in the treatment of the lupus nephritis. [less ▲]

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See detailFluorodeoxyglucose F Positron Emission Tomography Coupled With Computed Tomography in Suspected Acute Renal Allograft Rejection.
LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULiege; Weekers, Laurent ULiege; BONVOISIN, Catherine ULiege et al

in American Journal of Transplantation (2016)

Management of kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) with suspected acute rejection (AR) ultimately relies on kidney biopsy; however, noninvasive tests predicting nonrejection would help avoid unnecessary ... [more ▼]

Management of kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) with suspected acute rejection (AR) ultimately relies on kidney biopsy; however, noninvasive tests predicting nonrejection would help avoid unnecessary biopsy. AR involves recruitment of leukocytes avid for fluorodeoxyglucose F18 (18 F-FDG), thus 18 F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) coupled with computed tomography (CT) may noninvasively distinguish nonrejection from AR. From January 2013 to February 2015, we prospectively performed 32 18 F-FDG PET/CT scans in 31 adult KTRs with suspected AR who underwent transplant biopsy. Biopsies were categorized into four groups: normal (n = 8), borderline (n = 10), AR (n = 8), or other (n = 6, including 3 with polyoma BK nephropathy). Estimated GFR was comparable in all groups. PET/CT was performed 201 +/- 18 minutes after administration of 3.2 +/- 0.2 MBq/kg of 18 F-FDG, before any immunosuppression change. Mean standard uptake values (SUVs) of both upper and lower renal poles were measured. Mean SUVs reached 1.5 +/- 0.2, 1.6 +/- 0.3, 2.9 +/- 0.8, and 2.2 +/- 1.2 for the normal, borderline, AR, and other groups, respectively. One-way analysis of variance demonstrated a significant difference of mean SUVs among groups. A positive correlation between mean SUV and acute composite Banff score was found, with r2 = 0.49. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was 0.93, with 100% sensitivity and 50% specificity using a mean SUV threshold of 1.6. In conclusion, 18 F-FDG PET/CT may help noninvasively prevent avoidable transplant biopsies in KTRs with suspected AR. [less ▲]

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See detailActivation of the calcium-sensing receptor before renal ischemia/reperfusion exacerbates kidney injury
WEEKERS, Laurent ULiege; De Tullio, Pascal ULiege; BOVY, Christophe ULiege et al

in American Journal of Translational Research (2015), 7(1), 128-138

Activation of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) by ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) favours apoptosis in cardiomyocytes, hepatocytes and neurons. Its role in renal I/R is unknown. We investigated the impact ... [more ▼]

Activation of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) by ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) favours apoptosis in cardiomyocytes, hepatocytes and neurons. Its role in renal I/R is unknown. We investigated the impact of pharmacological preactivation of the CaSR on kidney structure and function in a murine model of bilateral renal 30-min ischemia and 48-hour reperfusion, and in a 6-year cohort of kidney transplant recipients (KTR). C57BL/6J mice were administered daily with CaSR agonist, R-568, or with vehicle for 48 hours. Evaluation of serum urea and creatinine levels, renal histology and urine metabolome by nuclear magnetic resonance showed that R-568 was not nephrotoxic per se. Following I/R, serum urea and creatinine levels increased higher in R-568-treated animals than in controls. Jablonski’s score was significantly greater in R-568-treated kidneys, which showed a higher rate of cell proliferation and apoptosis in comparison to controls. Next, we retrospectively identified 36 patients (10.7% of our cohort) who were treated by CaSR agonist, cinacalcet, at the time of kidney transplantation (KTx). After matching these to 61 KTR upon type of donor, cold ischemic time, residual diuresis, and donor age, we observed that delayed graft function, i.e. need for dialysis in the first week after KTx, occurred in 42 and 23% of cinacalcet-treated and control groups, respectively (p≤0.05). These data suggest that pharmacological preactivation of the CaSR before renal I/R exacerbates kidney injury. [less ▲]

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See detailIn-depth phenotyping of a Donnai-Barrow patient helps clarify proximal tubule dysfunction.
Dachy, Angelique ULiege; Paquot, Francois ULiege; Debray, François-Guillaume ULiege et al

in Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (2015), 30(6), 1027-31

BACKGROUND: The megalin/cubilin/amnionless complex is essential for albumin and low molecular weight (LMW) protein reabsorption by renal proximal tubules (PT). Mutations of the LRP2 gene encoding megalin ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The megalin/cubilin/amnionless complex is essential for albumin and low molecular weight (LMW) protein reabsorption by renal proximal tubules (PT). Mutations of the LRP2 gene encoding megalin cause autosomal recessive Donnai-Barrow/facio-oculo-acoustico-renal syndrome (DB/FOAR), which is characterized by LMW proteinuria. The pathophysiology of DB/FOAR-associated PT dysfunction remains unclear. CLINICAL CASE: A 3-year-old girl presented with growth retardation and proteinuria. Clinical examination was unremarkable, except for a still-opened anterior fontanel and myopia. Psychomotor development was delayed. At 6, she developed sensorineural hearing loss. Hypertelorism was noted when she turned 12. Blood analyses, including renal function parameters, were normal. Urine sediment was bland. Proteinuria was significant and included albumin and LMW proteins. Immunoblotting analyses detected cubilin and type 3 carbonic anhydrase (CA3) in the urine. Renal ultrasound was unremarkable. Optical examination of a renal biopsy did not disclose any tubular or glomerular abnormality. Electron microscopy revealed that PT apical endocytic apparatus was significantly less developed. Immunostaining for megalin showed a faint signal in PT cytosol contrasting with the distribution of cubilin at the apical membrane. The diagnostic procedure led to identifying two mutations of the LRP2 gene. CONCLUSIONS: The functional loss of megalin in DB/FOAR causes PT dysfunction characterized by increased urinary shedding of CA3 and cubilin. [less ▲]

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See detailOverlap syndrome consisting of PSC-AIH with concomitant presence of a membranous glomerulonephritis and ulcerative colitis
Warling, Odile ULiege; BOVY, Christophe ULiege; COIMBRA MARQUES, Carla ULiege et al

in World Journal of Gastroenterology (2014), 20(16), 4811-4816

Abstract The association of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is known as an overlap syndrome (OS). OS can also be described in the setting of concomitant presence of AIH ... [more ▼]

Abstract The association of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is known as an overlap syndrome (OS). OS can also be described in the setting of concomitant presence of AIH and PSC. These diseases can in some cases be associated with ulcerative colitis. In this case report we describe, to our knowledge, the first case in the literature of a young Caucasian male suffering from ulcerative colitis and an overlap syndrome consisting of an association between PSC-AIH, with the concomitant presence of a membranous glomerulonephritis. [less ▲]

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See detailPeritoneal equilibration test with conventional ‘low pH/high glucose degradation product’ or with biocompatible ‘normal pH/low glucose degradation product’ dialysates: does it matter?
VAN OVERMEIRE, Lionel ULiege; Goffin, Eric; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULiege et al

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (2013)

Abstract Background. The evaluation of the peritoneal transport characteristics is mandatory in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. This is usually performed in routine clinical practice with a peritoneal ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background. The evaluation of the peritoneal transport characteristics is mandatory in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. This is usually performed in routine clinical practice with a peritoneal equilibration test (PET) using conventional dialysates, with low pH and high glucose degradation product (GDP) concentrations. An increasing proportion of patients are now treated with biocompatible dialysates, i.e. with physiological pH and lower GDP concentrations. This questions the appropriateness to perform a PET with conventional solutions in those patients. The aim of our study is to compare the results of the PET using biocompatible and conventional dialysates, respectively. Methods. Nineteen stable PD patients (13 males, 6 females; mean age: 67.95 ± 2.36 years, mean body surface area: 1.83 ± 0.04 m2, dialysis vintage: 2.95 ± 0.19 years) were included, among which 10 were usually treated with biocompatible and 9 with conventional solutions. Two PETs were performed, within a 2-week interval, in each patient. PET sequence (conventional solution first or biocompatible solution first) was randomized in order to avoid ‘time bias’. Small (urea, creatinine and glucose), middle (beta-2-microglobulin) and large molecules’ (albumin and alpha-2-macroglobulin) dialysate/plasma (D/P) concentration ratios and clearances were measured during each PET. Ultrafiltration (UF) and sodium filtration were also recorded. Results of both tests were compared by the Wilcoxon paired test. Results. No statistical difference was found between both dialysates for small molecule transport rates or for sodium filtration and UF. However, a few patients were not similarly classified for small-solute transport characteristics within the PET categories. Beta-2-microglobulin and albumin D/P ratios at different time points of the PET were significantly higher with the biocompatible, when compared with the conventional, solutions: 0.10 ± 0.03 versus 0.08 ± 0.02 (P < 0.01) and 0.008 ± 0.003 versus 0.007 ± 0.003 (P = 0.01), respectively. A similar difference was also observed for beta-2-microglobulin that was higher with biocompatible dialysates (1.04 ± 0.32 versus 0.93 ± 0.32 mL/min, respectively). Conclusion. Peritoneal transport of water and small solutes is independent of the type of dialysate which is used. This is not the case for the transport of beta-2-microglobulin and albumin that is higher under biocompatible dialysates. Vascular tonus modification could potentially explain such differences. The PET should therefore always be carried out with the same dialysate to make longitudinal comparisons possible. [less ▲]

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See detailLa glomérulonéphrite fibrillaire non amyloïde : une cause rare de syndrome néphrotique
GROSCH, Stéphanie ULiege; VAN OVERMEIRE, Lionel ULiege; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULiege et al

in Néphrologie et Thérapeutique (2011), 7

La glomérulonéphrite fibrillaire non amyloïde est une pathologie glomérulaire à dépôts fibrillaires, non amyloïdes, composés principalement d'immunoglobulines G polyclonales. Il s'agit d'une ... [more ▼]

La glomérulonéphrite fibrillaire non amyloïde est une pathologie glomérulaire à dépôts fibrillaires, non amyloïdes, composés principalement d'immunoglobulines G polyclonales. Il s'agit d'une glomérulopathie idiopathique responsable de protéinurie sévère, souvent néphrotique et d'insuffisance rénale arrivant à un stade terminal dans 40% des cas à cinq ans. Elle peut prendre différents aspects anatomopathologiques déterminants en terme de pronostic rénal. La négativité des dépôts en coloration rouge Congo et l'épaisseur des fibrilles en microscopie électronique permettent le diagnostic différentiel avec les dépôts amyloïdes. Il n'y a pas de traitement efficace. Après transplantation rénale, la récidive est fréquente avec un pronostic rénal cependant moins péjoratif. [less ▲]

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See detailComparaison des taux de BNP et de NT-proBNP chez des patients insuffisants rénaux pour prévenir l'insuffisance cardiaque
Le Goff, Caroline ULiege; Kaux, Jean-François ULiege; Bovy, Christophe ULiege et al

in Biotribune Magazine (2010), 34

Background: The aim of the study is to compare the performances of BNP and NT-proBNP for diagnosing heart failure (HF) in a population of patients with high incidence of chronic renal insufficiency (CRI ... [more ▼]

Background: The aim of the study is to compare the performances of BNP and NT-proBNP for diagnosing heart failure (HF) in a population of patients with high incidence of chronic renal insufficiency (CRI, plasma creatinine > 1.5 mg/dl). Patients and methods: Ninety-eight patients were included in this study. BNP and NT-proBNP determinations were performed by an immunofluorescent assay (Biosite®) and by an electrochemiluminescence sandwich immuno assay (Roche Diagnostic®), respectively. Results and discussion: BNP and NTproBNP level are correlated in CRI and non CRI . Both assays are useful to rule out CRI pts suspected of HF. However, in renal failure pts, higher decision limits should be used for improving the positive predictive value of the assays. [less ▲]

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See detailLa néphropathie tubulo-interstitielle aiguë: une cause rare d’insuffisance rénale aiguë
BOUQUEGNEAU, Antoine ULiege; Longton, J.; Bovy, Christophe ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2010), 65(7-8), 459-463

We report the case of an acute renal failure due to an acute interstitial nephropathy (ATIN) induced by non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). Even though this pathology is a rare cause of acute ... [more ▼]

We report the case of an acute renal failure due to an acute interstitial nephropathy (ATIN) induced by non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). Even though this pathology is a rare cause of acute renal failure, it still requires special attention in view of the fact that it induces a high risk of acute morbidity but it also can evolve into chronic renal failure. Its differential diagnosis with other causes of acute renal failure becomes essential because of the different therapeutic care. In this article, we are going to briefly sum up the reasoning to adopt in order to diagnose an acute renal failure. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois. La polykystose rénale autosomique dominante
Couvreur, Thierry ULiege; Szepetiuk, G.; Meunier, Paul ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2008), 63(11), 637-639

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See detailClinico-pathological prognostic factors of IgA vasculitis
Bovy, Christophe ULiege; Parotte, Marie-Christine ULiege; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULiege

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2007, October), 62(5), 369

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See detailUtilité du mycophénolate mofétil en pathologie rénale en dehors de la transplantation
Parotte, Marie-Christine ULiege; Bovy, Christophe ULiege; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULiege

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2007), 3

Glomerular diseases remain frequent causes of end-stage renal failure. Immunosuppressive drugs in association with corticosteroids induce remission of proteinuria and stabilize renal function, as well as ... [more ▼]

Glomerular diseases remain frequent causes of end-stage renal failure. Immunosuppressive drugs in association with corticosteroids induce remission of proteinuria and stabilize renal function, as well as prevent relapses, but are responsible for severe portential side-effects: infections, secondary malignancies, sterility and alopecia, and even nephrotoxicity. Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), a well-known drug in transplantation, presents interesting characteristics potentially useful in the teatment of glomerulopathies. Moreover, its side-effect profile is safer. The present review of literature suggests that MMF is efficient for the treatment of glomerular disease, even if the results of the different studies remain limited and require further confirmation. [less ▲]

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See detailMature erythrocyte parameters as new markers of functional iron deficiency in haemodialysis: sensitivity and specificity
Bovy, Christophe ULiege; Gothot, André ULiege; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULiege et al

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (2007), 11

Background. The percentage of hypochromic red blood cells (RBCs) (%HYPO) has been demonstrated as the best predictor of response to iron loading in haemodialysis patients treated with recombinant human ... [more ▼]

Background. The percentage of hypochromic red blood cells (RBCs) (%HYPO) has been demonstrated as the best predictor of response to iron loading in haemodialysis patients treated with recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO). However, we have previously shown that this parameter is positively influenced by erythropoietic activity since reticulocytes are considered hypochromic by cell counters. New cell counters are able to determine cell volume and haemoglobin (Hb) concentration separately on reticulocytes and mature erythrocytes. The aim of this study was to assess the sensitivity and specificity of mature erythrocyte parameters in detecting functional iron deficiency (FID). Methods. A total of 32 stable chronic haemodialysis patients in the maintenance phase of rHuEPO therapy were included. Classical parameters of iron monitoring and mature erythrocyte parameters were measured after a 4-week iron-free period. Patients were classified as responders (R) or non-responders (NR) to an iron load of 100 mg iron sucrose at each dialysis session for 4 weeks, according to whether their Hb increased by >1 g/dl at the end of iron loading. Results. Twelve patients were identified as responders. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis demonstrated %HYPO and its corresponding parameter on mature erythrocyte, %HYPOm, as the best predictors of FID. The other parameters were ordered as follows: tranferrin saturation (TSAT), ferritin (FRT), mature RBC Hb content (CHm), mean corpuscular Hb concentration (MCHC), percentage of mature erythrocytes with a low CHm (%lowCHm), mean content in Hb (MCH) and reticulocyte Hb content CHr. Comparing the parameters at different cut-offs, the best sensitivity, specificity and efficiency were demonstrated for HYPOm>6%. Conclusion. The best efficiency to predict FID was found for %HYPOm>6%. The predictive value of %HYPO was quite similar. The clinical impact of %HYPOm in iron monitoring should also be tested in the induction phase of rHuEPO treatment because of its independence from erythropoietic activity. [less ▲]

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See detailLa dapsone: une économie de corticoïdes dans le traitement du purpura rhumatoïde? A propos d'un cas observé
Parotte, Marie-Christine ULiege; Bovy, Christophe ULiege; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2007), 62

Dapsone is a sulfone essentially used to treat leprae. We describe, here, a somewhat rare indication of dapsone: corticoid sparing in the treatment of particular forms of Henoch-Schönlein.

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See detailIncreased iron absorption during autologous blood donation supported by recombinant human erythropoietin therapy.
Bovy, Christophe ULiege; Baudoux, Etienne ULiege; Salmon, Jean ULiege et al

in Transfusion (2006), 46(9), 1616-23

BACKGROUND: Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) therapy improves the success of autologous blood (AB) donation programs before elective surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate iron absorption ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) therapy improves the success of autologous blood (AB) donation programs before elective surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate iron absorption during an AB donation program with or without rHuEPO. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Thirty-two patients were randomly assigned among placebo (Group 1) or 300 (Group 2) or 600 UI per kg rHuEPO (Group 3) on the first, second, and third donation visits. All patients also received daily oral iron (200 mg Fe(+)). RESULTS: The number of units collected in Group 3 was higher than in Group 1 (4.6 +/- 0.5 vs. 3.6 +/- 0.8 units; p < 0.01). Red blood cell (RBC) production increased in a rHuEPO dose-dependent manner. With rHuEPO, the RBC volume collected per unit presented a lower decrease with number of donated units than with placebo and was similar to that of homologous blood units. Storage iron did not influence the number of units collected, whereas circulating mobilizable iron was the limiting factor. Oral iron absorption increased in a rHuEPO dose-dependent manner (12-fold with 600 UI/kg rHuEPO) and was proportional to erythropoietic activity. CONCLUSION: rHuEPO does not only improve the number of AB units collected but also their quality. Storage iron cannot meet marrow iron requirements, but rHuEPO strongly increased oral iron absorption in a dose-dependent fashion through stimulation of erythropoietic activity. [less ▲]

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