Effect of 3 months of doxazosin therapy on T-cell subsets in type 2 diabetic patients

E. Mácsai, Á Cseh, G. Budai, G. Mészáros, Barna Vásárhelyi, K. Fischer, A. Szabó, A. Treszl

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Doxazosin, an α1-adrenergic receptor inhibitor, is commonly administered to patients with type 2 diabetes, hypertension and nephropathy. The impact of 3 months' doxazosin therapy on the prevalence of activated and regulatory T lymphocytes was analysed in this pilot study of men with type 2 diabetes (n = 10) who received doxazosin 4 mg/day in addition to their ongoing therapy. The prevalence of CD4+, CD8+, CD25+ and CD69+ cells at baseline and after 3 months of add-on therapy was determined. The prevalence of regulatory T-cells was detected by two different approaches: forkhead box P3 (FoxP3) positivity; and the number of CD4 +CD25+high cells. During 3 months of doxazosin therapy, patients' blood pressure, blood glucose control and lipid profiles all significantly improved. Simultaneously, the prevalence of activated T-cells (CD4+CD69+ and CD8+CD69+ cells) decreased, whereas that of regulatory Tcells increased. These results indicate an immunomodulatory action of doxazosin in type 2 diabetic patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1982-1987
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of International Medical Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry, medical

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