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Hypertension and nephrology

MAY 20, 2017

[Antihypertenive effect of rilmenidine. Evaluation of the Hungarian multicenter VERITAS study]


[The VERITAS study showed that in hypertensive patients the imidazoline I1 receptor agonist, rilmenidine significantly decreased the office blood pressure as well as the blood pressure measured by ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM). The white-coat reaction and left ventricular hyperthrophy (LVH) were also decreased. Ain a separate study involving hypertensive subjects rilmenidine significantly increased baroreflex sensitivity. This effect may contribute - mainly during daytime - to the antihypertensive effect.]

Clinical Oncology

FEBRUARY 15, 2016

[Oncogene-targeted therapy of non-small cell lung cancer]


[Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths thus presenting one of the main public health related issues globally. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) represents approximately 85% of all lung cancer cases. Historically, platinum-based chemotherapy was the mainstay of systemic therapy for NSCLC, leading to median survival rates of only 8 to 10 months. Major improvement in the treatment of NSCLC was made through the identifi cation of key genetic aberrations (oncogene drivers) that drive tumor initiation, maintenance and progression and development of highly effective oncogene- directed therapies. Oncogene-directed therapies against epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) in conjunction with well-validated methods for the detection of their targets already represent a standard care of advanced NSCLC patients. Encouragingly, in the recent years a number of additional genetic aberrations have emerged as novel molecular targets with potential therapeutic implications in lung cancer. In this review a comprehensive overview of standard oncogene-directed therapies of advanced NSCLC is provided, challenges in overcoming resistance to those therapies are discussed and novel oncogene-directed therapies under development are briefl y presented.]

Hypertension and nephrology

FEBRUARY 10, 2017

[Our clinical practice with perindopril/indapamide/amlodipine triple fixed-dose combination]


[Notwithstanding the abundance of pharmacotherapeutic options available, the rate of optimal blood pressure control may be estimated as low as 20 to 40 per cent throughout Europe. The underlying causes of this include, among others, the substantial impact of using free combinations of several antihypertensive - this practice results in rather poor patient adherence. Fixed-dose dual combinations have been introduced just about two decades ago, and their popularity has been increasing progressively since then. Nevertheless, in a considerable proportion (>30%) of patients, achieving optimal blood pressure control requires treatment with at least three antihypertensive acting on different targets. Accordingly, a rational demand has grown for triple-fixed combinations. In Hungary, the fixed combination of perindopril (an ACEI), indapamide (a thiazide-like diuretic), and amlodipine (a calcium channel-blocker) has been available since last year. Our experience with this product shows, as confirmed by ABPM studies, that its routine use in hypertensive patients with cardiological comorbidities improves patient compliance, thereby enhancing also long-term blood pressure control.]

Clinical Oncology

DECEMBER 10, 2015

[The role of EGFR receptor family in the oncological practice]


[The EGFR receptor family is a set of membrane tirosine kinase receptors with signifi cant homology which are responsible for cellular activation through intracellular signaling due to ligand binding. The four members of the family (EGFR1, EGFR2/HER2/neu, EGFR3/HER3, EGFR4/HER4) earned special interest in tumor biology while becoming one of the most potent targets of anti-cancer therapies. Changes in the receptor expression or in the kinase activity fundamentally modify cellular functions, survival and tumorigenic potential. Moreover, mutations are associated with reduced or altered treatment effi cacy. The basic function and major genetic and biological mechanisms affecting the function of EGFR receptors and related therapies are subjects of this overview.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

DECEMBER 18, 2016

[Intravenous immunoglobulin immunotherapy in immune mediated habitual abortions]


[INTRODUCTION - Based upon international and domestic research data authors summerize the humoral and cellular im­munregulatory disorders which can be found in the background of “immune me­diated abortions” (IMA). PATIENTS AND METHODS - Within the frame of a home research program a special examination protocol was elaborated in order to sepatare alloimmune habitual abortions from autoimmune and non immune backgrounds. After all other causes were excluded erythrocyte antibody inhibition assay (EAI) was used for measuring the serum level of FcgRII receptor blocking IgG antibody, because its lack an important diagnostic parameter. Among the cell mediated immunofuntional tests the mixed lymphocyte culture reaction (MLC) was the most useful. During the roughly last 16 years 67 out of 76 selected alloimmun IMA patients were administered Intratect IVIG treatment without any particular selection among them. IVIG treatment was first applied on the completed 5-6th week of pregnancy and doses of 0,3-0,4g/kg bodyweight per oc­casion were given 3 times with 3-week intervals. RESULTS - Altogether a significant rise in the serum level of blocking antibodies was shown after each IVIG treatment although a slight decrease was seen after every given dose. Of the 67 IMA patients 54 carried infants to term during the study period. In 4 cases of abortion no cause was identified with post hoc diagnosis. Thus the success rate of this type of IVIG therapy was 93.1% (58/54). Conclusion - In approprietly selected alloimmun IMA cases the IVIG generated immunoregulatory and antiimflammatory pathways may contribute to its net positive reproductive effect.]

Hypertension and nephrology

DECEMBER 20, 2016

[New development in the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of IgA nephropathy]

NAGY Judit, VAS Tibor, KOVÁCS Tibor

[IgA nephropathy is one of the leading cause of primary glomerulonephritis worldwide. IgA nephropathy is regarded as an immune mediated disease with a multi-hit pathogenesis starting with the production of poorly glycosylated IgA1 and glycan-specific IgG and IgA autoantibodies leading to the formation of IgA1 containing immune complexes. These immune complexes deposit in the glomerular mesangium followed by the onset of mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis. The disease has variable clinical presentation and outcome. There is a need to identify patients who have the potential to progress to end-stage renal disease with the help of clinical, histological and biological markers. Treatment options for IgA nephropathy are largely based on opinion or weak evidence. It is true for the KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline for Glomerulonephritis treatment recommendations containing low level of evidence for almost all recommendations related to IgA nephropathy. It is suggested to separate the patients into 3 groups on the basis of risk to progression and to give not-specific supportive treatment (especially angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blocking agents) to all of them on the basis of the risk factors. We discuss the recommendations of the KDIGO Guideline about steroid and immunosuppressive treatment for moderate and high risk patients. Lastly, we provide our perspective on the existing other treatment options (tonsillectomy etc.) and on ongoing clinical trials.]

Hypertension and nephrology

DECEMBER 20, 2016

[Deeper analysis of nebivolol effects]


[Author presents the formation of nitric oxide as a largest vasodilator of human endothelium as well as the endothelial dysfunction a result of formation at adrenergic stimulus. He demonstrates in detail the benefits of selective β-1 blocker and β-3 adrenergic agonist nebivolol in the vascular system. This drug has also receptor independent effects. Complex effects of nebivolol causes vasodilation, inhibits oxidative stress and it is capable to neutralize the effects of free oxygen radicals and as a result the endothelial function will be better. Its clinical effects and the less wellknown beneficial properties are listed. The use of drug is discussed especially in hypertensives with smoking, COPD or PAD. The β-3 agonist effect provides positive reactions not only in the adipocytes and the myocardial tissue. but in the skeletal muscle as well: Increase in energy expenditure - as a compensatory mechanism - is increased in obesity and the glucose uptake + storage on skeletal muscle cells are increased in hyperglycemia. The insulin sensitivity will be better, leptin level is decreased, adiponectin level is increased by nebivolol. It is assumed this drug has antidiabetic and anti-obesity effects.]

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

NMDA-receptor associated encephalitis in a woman with mature cystic ovarian teratoma


Introduction - N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDA-R) antibody-associated encephalitis has been reported in the international neurological literature to be associated with mature or immature ovarian teratomas (OTs). However, few cases of encephalitis were diagnosed in Hungary. In 2011 Hollody et al. described the first case of anti-NMDA receptor associated encephalitis in Hungary. Objective - Our aim was to present a case of NMDA-R antibody-mediated encephalitis in a woman with OT thereby providing information facilitating diagnosis of OT in women, who present with symptoms of encephalitis. Case - We report the case of a 25 year-old women, who developed NMDA-R -antibody associated autoimmune encephalitis and who displayed confusion, disorientation, a behavioural disturbance with agitation and features of paranoia and at least one reported generalized tonic clonic seizure and orofacial dyskinesia. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a functional ovarian cyst measuring 3.3 cm, which was removed surgically and demonstrated histologically to be a mature cystic OT. The serum was positive for antibodies to NMDA receptors. Following intravenous immunoglobulin treatment, oophorectomy and a 5-day course of plasma exchange, followed by corticosteroid and azathioprine immunosuppressive therapy, the patient displayed a significant clinical improvement. Conclusion - Cystic teratomas are common benign ovarian lesions in women of reproductive age. Although the association of OTs and NMDA-R antibody-associated encephalitis has been described in the international neurological literature, this relationship needs to be considered from on the interdisciplinary aspect by the health care providers.

Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 20, 2016

[Basics of the medical use of ayahuasca: physiology of dimethyltryptamine]


[Ayahuasca is a brew made of two admixture plants containing dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and b-carbolines (harmine and tetrahydroharmine). The indigenous groups of the Amazonas basin have been using it for centuries as an ethnomedical substance in healing and spiritual-religious rituals. During the last two decades the brew has raised increased scientific and public interest worldwide about its healing effects. Present paper addresses the therapeutic potentials of ayahuasca use and outlines the cellular mechanisms behind - in focus of the s-1 receptor mediated action of DMT. The scientific investigation of ayahuasca is complicated by methodical problems, legal issues, and sociocultural preconceptions.]

Hypertension and nephrology

OCTOBER 20, 2016

[Lercanidipine in hypertension]


[Lercanidipine is a third generation DHP type calcium antagonist. It’s antihypertensive efficacy is proven using in monotherapy or combined treatment as well. The main advantage compared with the first and second generation DHP calcium antagonists is that fewer side effects, especially the much less common ankle oedema. Renal protective effect has proven by experimental and clinical studies, but in the future more prospective randomized studies should be supported this benefit. The drug is very useful for diabetes, obesity associated with hypertension due to the metabolic „neutrality”. The key of successful antihypertensive is the high level persistence. From this point of view the lercanidipine is a very useful factor during the treatment.]