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REUSZ György, SZABÓ J. Attila

NOVEMBER 20, 2007

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2007;17(11)

[Erythropoiesis stimulating agents are glycoproteins in which the oligosaccharide chains that terminate in sialic acid bind to the peptide with glycosidic bond. The lower the sialic acid content of the erythropoietin, the higher its receptor affinity, while its half-life in the circulation decreases. The biological effect depends on the balance of these factors. In the third-generation erythropoiesis stimulating molecule CERA (continuous erythropoietin receptor activator) a large polyethylene glycol molecule is substituted for sialic acid to ensure slow elimination and better biological efficiency. During treatment with erythropoiesis stimulating agents, haemoglobin levels show cyclic fluctuation. This cyclicity is undesirable, so its frequency and amplitude should be reduced as much as possible. The most recent results suggest that CERA may reduce haemoglobin cyclicity.]



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[Recombinant human erythropoietin has been used for more than 20 years for the treatment of renal anaemia, with epoetin-alfa and -beta representing the common traditional preparations. By the modification of the molecule’s carbohydrate moiety or structure a longer duration of erythropoietin receptor stimulation was achieved. The administration of these new molecules (darbepoetin, C.E.R.A.) once or twice a month is also sufficient to achieve serum haemoglobin target levels, making the treatment safer and more comfortable both for the patients and the personnel. These recently developed synthetic erythropoietin receptor stimulating molecules, along with recombinant human erythropoietin, are together called “Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents”. In haemodialysed patients the intravenous route is preferred, but the subcutaneous administration can substantially reduce dose requirements. In praedialysed, transplanted or peritoneally dialysed patients, erythropoiesis stimulating agents should preferably be given subcutaneously both for economic and practical reasons. There are ongoing clinical trials with erythropoiesis stimulating molecules that can be administered by inhalation or per os. Current evidence suggests that the serum haemoglobin level should preferably not exceed 12 g/dl with the use of erythropoiesis stimulating agents. No cardiovascular protective effect of higher serum haemoglobin levels was demonstrated in two large clinical trials. Further well-designed studies are necessary to set evidence-based haemoglobin targets for erythropoiesis stimulating treatment. Arguments for a more widespread use of agents with extended duration include medical, financial and patient satisfaction reasons. The release of new erythropoiesis stimulating agents may further simplify the treatment of renal anaemia.]