Oxidative DNA damage is elevated in renal patients undergoing haemodialysis

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End stage renal disease (ESRD) is associated with an increase in oxidative stress, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The main treatment for ESRD, haemodialysis (HD), itself induces repetitive bouts of oxidative stress through membrane biocompatibility and endotoxin challenge. The resulting higher levels of reactive oxygen species in turn produce increased levels of oxidative DNA damage leading to genomic instability. We measured levels of oxidative DNA damage in thirty eight patients receiving HD in the Western Health and Social Services Trust (WHSCT), and 8 age and gender matched control volunteers. Volunteers gave informed consent and non-fasting morning blood samples were taken and assessed for DNA damage using the Modified Comet to identify oxidative specific damage by introduceing an enzymatic step with the bacterial enzymes endonuclease III (Endo III, recognise pyrimidine-pyrimidine breaks) and formamidepyrimidine DNA glycosilase (FPG, recognise purine-purine breaks. The HD patients had significantly elevated levels of alkaline DNA damage (19.46 ± 8.35 vs 3.86 ± 0.99 % tail DNA, p<0.05) and oxidative DNA damage formamidepyrimidine DNA glycosilase (5.81 ± 6.63 vs 1.23 ± 0.39 % tail DNA, p<0.0) and endonuclease III (6.04 ± 6.11 vs 1.98 ± 0.85% tail DNA, p<0.01) compared to controls, respectively. A positive correlation was observed between the duration on dialysis (months) and levels of Endo III specific damage (p=0.041). We conclude, the significant increase in oxidative DNA damage and the positive correlation with duration of HD treatment and Endo III damage may contribute to the increased cancer risk observed in this patient group.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGerontology & Geriatric Research
PublisherLongdom Group SA
ISBN (Electronic)ISSN: 2167-7182
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 3 Oct 2016


  • Renal Parients, Haemodialysis, Modified Comet Assay, Oxidative DNA Damage


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