Lege Artis Medicinae

[Genomics, the science of biological complexity]


DECEMBER 21, 2011

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2011;21(12)


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Genetikai, Sejt- és Immunbiológiai Intézet



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[Occurrence of cardiometabolic risk factors among shift workers]


[INTRODUCTION - Shift workers have an impaired circadian rhythm, which might have an adverse effect on their health. In order to assess cardiometabolic risk in shift workers, a cross-sectional study was performed among active workers (aged 25-66 years, with a minimal shift working experience of 5 years). METHODS - In total 481 workers (121 men, 360 women) registered by the occupational health service were enrolled in our study. Most participants worked in the light industry (58.2%) or in public service (23.9%). Following questionnaire-based data recording, anthropometric measurements and physical examination were performed and fasting venous blood sample was taken for measuring laboratory parameters. Data from shift workers (n=234, 54 men and 180 women, age: 43.9±8.1 years) were compared with those of day workers (n=247, 67 men and 180 women, age: 42.8±8.5 years). RESULTS - Compared with day workers, shift workers had bigger weight (76.6±16.1 vs 73.9±17.6 kg; p<0.05), higher BMI index (27.5±5.3 vs 26.0±4.9 kg/m2; p<0.01) and systolic blood pressure (123±19 vs 119±16 mmHg, p<0.01), and higher prevalence rate of diabetes (4.3 vs 1.2 %; p<0.05) and cardiovascular diseases (3.8 vs 0.8 %; p<0.05). In addition, the proportion of participants who performed regular physical activity was lower (20.6 vs 38.7 %; p<0.001) and that of current smokers were higher (35.0 % vs 19.5 %; p<0.001) in shift workers than in day workers. In laboratory findings, only one difference has been found: HDL-cholesterol level was lower among women (shift workers versus workers: 1.56±0.32 vs 1.68±0.36 mmol/l; p<0.01). CONCLUSION - Long-term shift work (day-night) results in a less healthy lifestyle and worse cardiometabolic risk factors compared with day work. Thus, our study highlights the importance of measures for preventing cardiovascular diseases in shift workers.]

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[They are really saved]


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[The newest DPP-4-inhibitor: linagliptin]

KIS János Tibor

[Linagliptin is a xantin-based, highly selective, potent inhibitor of dipeptidyl peptidase- IV (DPP-4). By inhibiting DPP-4, linagliptin reduces the degradation of endogenous incretin hormones, and thus increases insulin secretion and decreases glucagon secretion in the pancreatic islets in a glucose-dependent manner. The author summarises the most important clinical trials with linagliptin, which highlight those features of linagliptin that distinguish it from other DPP-4 inhibitors.]

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[Aging men and climax of males]

KOPA Zsolt, RIESZ Péter, ROMICS Imre

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[Insulin resistance is defined as a state of subnormal biological response to normal quantity of insulin. This phenomenon was first described by Hinsworth and Kerr in 1939, however it has come to the centre of interest only in the last two decades. It is the central pathogenetic factor of type 2 diabetes and the more complex clinical entity of metabolic syndrome, consequently also referred to as insulin resistance syndrome. In the background of insulin resistance alterations of the adipose tissue can be observed which clinically means obesity in most of the cases, however, this issue cannot be simplified to obesity only as increase in adipose tissue growth may be beneficial in certain cases. Current article discusses the explanation of this paradox and the pathophysiologic link between adipose tissue and insulin resistance. It also reviews the therapeutic aspects of insulin resistance emphasizing the role of thiazolidinedione type drugs having recently joined the therapeutic palette.]

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[Clinical pharmacologic principles and problems related to the clinical use of innovative and similar biological medicines]


[The active substances in the biological medicinal products are macromolecules, primarily proteins most of which are currently produced by various biotechnological methods in different biological systems. The spatial structure of the macromolecular active substances cannot be accurately determined by the presently available methods. Therefore, both physico-chemical and biological methods are needed for the control of their quality and production. The active proteins induce immunologic reactions in the organism. The appearance of neutralizing antibodies frequently leads to the inhibition of the effect of the biological medicines. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) registers the medicinal products containing similar macromolecular active substances produced by biotechnological methods as biosimilar agents, since their chemical identity cannot be proven. The similarities and differences of their biological and immunological effects can be evaluated only in comparative non-clinical and clinical trials. The frequent exchange of biological medicines increases the appearance of antibodies in the patients, therefore the substitution of biological drugs should be done only by the treating physicians if clinically necessary.]