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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 797490, 7 pages
Research Article

Type of Renal Replacement Therapy (Hemodialysis versus Peritoneal Dialysis) Does Not Affect Cytokine Gene Expression or Clinical Parameters of Renal Transplant Candidates

1Department of Nephrology and Transplantation Medicine, Wroclaw Medical University, Borowska 213, 50-556 Wrocław, Poland
2Department of Vascular, General and Transplant Surgery, Wroclaw Medical University, Borowska 213, 50-556 Wrocław, Poland
3Department of Histology and Embryology, Wroclaw Medical University, Chałubińskiego 6a, 50-368 Wrocław, Poland

Received 9 January 2015; Revised 24 May 2015; Accepted 23 June 2015

Academic Editor: Detlef H. Krieter

Copyright © 2015 Dorota Kamińska et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Patients with renal failure suffer from immune disturbances, caused by uremic toxins and influenced by dialysis treatment. The aim of the present study was to reveal whether type of dialysis modality (hemodialysis, HD, versus peritoneal dialysis, PD) differentially affects the immunocompetence, particularly the expression of genes involved in the immune response. Material. 87 renal transplant candidates (66 HD, 21 PD) were included in the study. Methods. The peripheral blood RNA samples were obtained with the PAXgene Blood system just before transplantation. The gene expression of CASP3, FAS, TP53, FOXP3, IFNG, IL2, IL6, IL8, IL10, IL17, IL18, LCN2, TGFB1, and TNF was assessed with real-time PCR on custom-designed low density arrays (TaqMan). Gene expression data were analyzed in relation to pretransplant clinical parameters. Results. The mean expression of examined genes showed no significant differences between PD and HD with the exception of FAS, expression of which was 30% higher in PD patients compared to the HD group. There was nonsignificantly higher expression of proinflammatory cytokines in the PD group. The clinical inflammatory parameters (CRP, albumin, cholesterol, and hemoglobin levels) did not differ between the groups. Conclusion. Type of renal replacement therapy exerts no differential effect on cytokine gene expression or inflammatory clinical parameters.