CEC/EPC and Cardiovascular Risk in Renal Transplant Recipients

2014-07-24 14:24:07 | BioPortfolio


We believe that certain cells in the human body (Circulating Endothelial Cells and Endothelial Progenitor Cells)are related to risk of cardiovascular disease. It may be possible to measure levels of these cells in patients who have had a kidney transplant and predict their risk of developing cardiovascular disease.


Coronary disease is one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in patients with known chronic renal insufficiency and those with end stage renal disease. Consequently, early detection with markers such as circulating endothelial cells and endothelial progenitor cells has been studied in order to identify vascular function and assess overall cardiovascular risk. Based on current research, there exists a notable increase in circulating endothelial cells and a reduction of endothelial progenitor cells with renal dysfunction due to endothelial damage. Therefore circulating endothelial cells are a marker for cardiovascular health.

Renal transplant patients also possess a higher cardiovascular risk than the general population, but have known improvement in survival as compared to patients with ESRD. In addition, because of the excellent outcomes, graft and patient survival and even acute rejection are no longer very useful endpoints for clinical studies. The tolerability of transplant drug regimens and the impact of these regimes on cardiovascular health in kidney transplantation has become, consequently, a new focus of research. Currently, no clear long-term analysis has been fulfilled analyzing CEC or EPC in this group of patients. We hypothesize that CEC can serve as biological markers for cardiovascular risk assessment in cadaveric and living renal transplant patients. We eventually hope measurement of these cells can serve as an endpoint in determining cardiovascular outcome in renal transplant patients. Our present study is aimed to get an initial assessment of the kinetics of CEC and EPC in renal transplant recipients just prior to transplant and for the first two years post transplant.

Study Design

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective


Kidney Transplantation


University of Florida
United States




University of Florida

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The end-stage of CHRONIC RENAL INSUFFICIENCY. It is characterized by the severe irreversible kidney damage (as measured by the level of PROTEINURIA) and the reduction in GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE to less than 15 ml per min (Kidney Foundation: Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative, 2002). These patients generally require HEMODIALYSIS or KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION.

The transference of a kidney from one human or animal to another.

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