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Clinical Neuroscience

MAY 30, 2008

[Affective and cognitive decision making in major depression: influence of the prefrontal cortex, serotonin transporter genotype and personality traits]

MUST Anita, HORVÁTH Szatmár, JANKA Zoltán

[Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) show neuropsychological impairments, including deficient executive functions and suboptimal decision-making strategies, which are mediated by several brain regions. In the development of these symptoms the pathology of the prefrontal cortex (PFC), including the dorsolateral, ventromedial and orbitofrontal regions, may also play an important role. Neuropsychological assessment is a useful tool in detecting and measuring these deficiencies, showing that patients with MDD exhibit altered sensitivity to reward and punishment. However, impairment of emotional decisionmaking strategies in MDD is influenced by genetic variations (5-HTTLPR polymorphism) and personality traits, which seem to have a higher predictive value on decision making performance than the clinical symptoms.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

AUGUST 20, 2002

[The importance of endothelial dysfunction and possibilities of its treatment in chronic heart failure]

MOHÁCSI Attila, LIZANECZ Erzsébet

[Endothelial cells - under autocrine and paracrine control - may have a central role in the regulation of vascular tone. Endothelial dysfunction is a very early sign of heart failure but the clinical consequence is not well understood. Recent evidence suggests that upregulation of the neuro-endocrine-, and the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system would lead to increased tissue- and circulating angiotensin-II levels. Elevated concentration of angiotensin-II provides a mechanism by which vasomotor responses to nitric oxide, prostaglandins are blunted, while the effects of vasoconstrictors such as thromboxans, endothelin and chatecholamins are enhanced. The higher basal vascular tone leads to the degeneration and atrophy of skeletal muscle, moreover to the the ischaemic damage of myocardial cells. Because renin-angiotensinaldosterone system is under genetic control, the deleterious effects of angiotensin-II depends on the angiotensin-converting enzyme gene. Pharmacological attempts to counteract endothelial dysfunction in heart failure may include the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, which can potentially improve the endothel dependent vasodilatation response. The importance of measuring endothelial function by non-invasive techniques is yet unknown, thus, before we introduce the widespread testing of patients for endothelial function, more research has to be done.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MARCH 20, 2004

[THE GENOMIC BACKGROUND OF ALLERGY]

SZALAI Csaba

[In this review we summarise the current results of the genomic investigation of allergic diseases. From the genetic point of view allergy is multifactorial, which means that the susceptibility to the disease is determined by the effect of one or more genes or the interactions between multiple genes and involves important nongenetic factors such as the environment for their expression. Among allergic diseases the genomic background of asthma was studied most thoroughly. Until now, using hundreds of DNA markers, located across all of the human chromosomes, 16 genome-wide screens for susceptibility genes for asthma or asthma related intermediate phenotypes in 12 different populations have been published and 20 chromosomal regions have been highlighted for further analysis. In genetic association studies more than 500 genes were identified as candidate genes for asthma. In this review, we selected those results which were consistently reported by several independent studies or appeared particularly important or interesting. According to the results of the human genome programs and association studies we discuss the possible roles of candidate genes found in these loci in the pathomechanism of allergy and atopy.]

Hungarian Immunology

JANUARY 22, 2008

[MCP-1 (monocyte chemoattractant protein-1) G/A and T-bet (T-helper promoter factor) C/G polymorphisms in primary Sjögren’s syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus]

KOVÁCS Attila, KONCZ Ágnes, ENDREFFY Emőke, ARANKA László, PETRI Ildikó, ELLER József, SZALAI Csaba

[INTRODUCTION - Monocyte chemoattractant protein- 1 (MCP-1) is a β-chemokine involved in the attraction and accumulation of mononuclear granulocytes towards the site of inflammation. One of the transcriptional factors of T-cells is called T-bet. PATIENTS AND METHODS - The authors investigated the MCP-1-2518 G/A and T-bet 310 C/G (His33Gln) polymorphisms evaluating the distribution of the specific genotypes in 45 patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), 51 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and in 320 healthy blood donors as the control group. MCP-1-2518 G/A and T-bet 310 C/G polymorphisms were detected with molecular genetic methods from the purified genomic DNA. RESULTS - The frequency of the MCP-1-2518 AG heterozygous genotype decreased tendentiously only in SLE patients, while the frequency of the MCP-1 AA homozygous genotype increased comparing to the control group (13.7% vs. 5.9%; Pearson’s χ2 test=6.125, ns.). Analyzing the genotype frequency for the MCP-1 wild (GG) and AA homozygous genotypes in pSS group, the MCP-1 AA homozygous genotype proved to be more frequent comparing to the control group (82.8%:17.2% vs. 90.7%:9.3%; Pearson’s χ2 test 1.755, ns). These relations showed only tendentious association in the SLE group (81.6%:18.7% vs. 90.7%:9.3%; Pearson’s χ2 2.811, p=0.094, ns.) There was not any significant correlation between the investigated MCP-1- 2518 G/A and the T-bet 310 C/G polymorphisms and the TNF-α -308 G/A and -238 allele polymorphisms. The frequency of T-bet was equal in relation with heterozygous (CG) to wild CC genotype in the investigated two autoimmune disorders. The GG homozygous genotype for T-bet could not be found in SLE and pSS groups, likely to be a protective factor. CONCLUSIONS - The above mentioned polymorphisms didn’t show any significant correlation with TNF-α -308 and -238 allele polymorphisms. The further research of the MCP-1 G/A and T-bet C/G polymorphisms is important, because of their possible prognostic importance for SLE and pSS.]

Ca&Bone

APRIL 20, 2002

[Vitamin D receptor gene BsmI polymorphism in rheumatoid arthritis and associated osteoporosis]

PÁKOZDI Angéla és munkatársai

[Rheumatoid arthritis is frequently associated with secondary osteopenia or osteoporosis. Gene polymorphisms, such as the BsmI polymorphism of the vitamin D receptor gene are likely to be be involved in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis. However, very little information is available on the role of the BsmI polymorphism in rheumatoid arthritis or in arthritisassociated metabolic bone disorders. Here the authors review international data on vitamin D receptor gene polymorphisms and their relationship with bone metabolism.The authors emphasize that more detailed research is needed to clarify the relationship between these polymorphisms and rheumatoid arthritis.]

Ca&Bone

NOVEMBER 20, 2004

[A de novo heterozygous R551K point mutation and an A986S polymorphism in a patient with neonatal severe primary hyperparathyroidism]

CSÁKVÁRY Violetta, TÓTH Miklós, PATÓCS Attila, VARGA Ibolya, OROSZLÁN György, RÁCZ Károly

[INTRODUCTION - Familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia and neonatal severe primary hyperparathyroidism are caused by inactivating mutations of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) gene. We report the case of a now 9.5 years old boy who presented with the clinical syndrome of neonatal severe hyperparathyroidism. PATIENT AND METHODS - At the age of 2 days the patient developed respiratory distress. Clinical studies revealed increased serum calcium (3.1 mmol/l), non-suppressed serum parathyroid hormone level (48.3 pg/ml) and severe undermineralization of bones, as well as periosteal calcification in the distal part of both femurs suggesting fractures during the intrauterine life. Parathyreoidectomy was not performed.At the age of 6 years normal mental and physical development, persisting hypercalcemia without clinical symptoms, normal skeletal morphology, absence of new bone fractures, and absence of renal stones or nephrocalcinosis were documented, and the patient has remained completely symptom-free until his present age of 9.5 years. Sequence analysis of the entire coding region (exons 2-7) of the CaSR gene in peripheral leukocyte DNA revealed a heterozygous mutation at codon 551 (AGG→AAG) predicting a change of arginine to lysine (R551K). In addition, a known heterozygous polymorphism at codon 986 (GCC→TCC) was found in the proband and in his father. CONCLUSION - Our patient seems to represent the fourth reported case of neonatal severe primary hyperparathyroidism with a heterozygous de novo mutation of the CaSR gene. In addition, this case provides new evidence that with time the disease of neonatal severe hyperparathyroidism may spontaneously turn into a symptomless, benign condition resembling familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia.]

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2007

[GENETIC BACKGROUND OF HUMAN PRION DISEASES]

KOVÁCS Gábor Géza

[acquired. The human prion protein gene (PRNP) is located to chromosome 20 (20p12-ter). Mutations and polymorphisms in the PRNP are associated with prion disease. Genetic prion diseases are inherited in an autosomal dominant trait, examination of the penetrance is restricted to mutation E200K (59-89%). Mutations can be substitutions or insertions. Genetic prion diseases are classified according to the clinicopathological phenotype and comprise genetic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease and fatal familial insomnia. Base pair insertions may resemble Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease or Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease phenotypes, however, their unique clinicopathological presentations are also emphasized. Among the polymorphisms of the PRNP, the one at codon 129 is the most important, where methionine or valine may be encoded. This polymorphism is known to influence the phenotype of disease forms. Molecular classification of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease also depends on the codon 129 polymorphisms in addition to the Western blot pattern of the protease resistant prion protein. According to this at least six well characterised forms of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are known. Influence of other genes were also investigated. Contrasting results are reported regarding the role of apolipoprotein E allele ε4, but presence of allele ε2 seems to influence the prognosis. Polymorphisms in the doppel gene or ADAM10 could not be clearly associated with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Polymorphisms in the upstream and intronic regulatory region of the PRNP gene may be a risk factor for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The PRNP codon 129 polymorphism was examined in non-prion diseases. Some studies suggest that this polymorphism may have influence on the cognitive decline and early onset Alzheimer’s disease.]

Ca&Bone

APRIL 20, 2002

[Vitamin D receptor gene BsmI polymorphism in rheumatoid arthritis and associated osteoporosis - Experimental data]

RASS Péter, PÁKOZDI Angéla, LAKATOS Péter, SZABÓ Zoltán, VÉGVÁRI Anikó, SZÁNTÓ Sándor, SZEGEDI Gyula, BAKÓ Gyula, SZEKANECZ Zoltán

[AIM: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is commonly associated with secondary osteoporosis.The BsmI polymorphism of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene has been implicated in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis. However, little data is available on the relationship between rheumatoid arthritis and the BsmI polymorphism. In this study, Hungarian frequencies of BsmI polymorphism genotypes were compared with those found in other countries. METHODS: In this study, 64 RA patients and 40 healthy controls were tested for VDR gene BsmI polymorphism genotypes.The frequencies of the B and b alleles were correlated with densitometric and laboratory markers of bone metabolism as well as with laboratory markers of arthritis. RESULTS: Among control subjects, the frequency of the BB genotype (27,5%) was relatively higher than in other European populations. In RA patients with secondary osteopenia/osteoporosis the BB genotype was rarer, while the bb was more common than in control subjects. Markers of bone metabolism showed that the presence of the B allele in RA patients was associated with a lower bone mineral density and an increased bone loss, while the bb genotype was associated with a higher bone mineral content. An increased osteoclast and osteoblast activity was observed in patients with the B allele, as determined by biochemical markers of bone metabolism. Rheumatoid factor titer, an important laboratory marker of disease progression in RA, was significantly higher in bb patients compared to patients carrying the B allele. CONCLUSION: Our data suggest that the imbalance in B and b allele expression may be involved in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis and perhaps of rheumatoid arthritis.]

Hungarian Immunology

APRIL 20, 2003

[Molecular biology of 70 kD heat shock protein and its role in certain immunological processes]

KOCSIS Judit, FÜST György, PROHÁSZKA Zoltán

[Heat-shock proteins, or stress proteins play important role in cellular survival owning to their protective function. Their highly conserved structure renders them ideal messengers of cellular stress response. One of the best known representative of these proteins is the 70 kDa heat-shock protein (Hsp70), there is increasing amount of data about the intraand extracellular functions of this stress protein. In the present review the regulation of hsp70 gene expression, and hsp70 polimorfisms, the possible impact of polymorphisms to certain diseases, and the multilevel relationship between Hsp70 and the immun response are discussed. The authors review the role of Hsp70 in anti-tumor immunity, and the presence of anti-Hsp70 antibodies and their possible association with certain diseases. Here they present some of their recent observations: they detected the presence of anti-Hsp70 antibodies in all adult sera and found no correlation between these antibody levels and the presence of severe coronary heart disease. Recently we also showed, that human Hsp70 can activate the classical pathway of complement system in vitro, by direct binding of the first complement C1q.]

Clinical Neuroscience

MARCH 20, 2007

[ASSOCIATION OF APOLIPOPROTEIN E POLYMORPHISM WITH AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE IN SOUTH-WESTERN HUNGARY]

KOVÁCS Á. Katalin, PÁMER Zsuzsanna, KOVÁCS Attila, FEKETE Sándor, MISETA Attila, KOVÁCS Bálint, KOVÁCS L. Gábor

[Background - Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Alzheimer dementia (AD) show similarities (advanced age, formation of deposits of similar content). Recently apolipoprotein E 2 (apoE 2) has been associated with AMD, while apoE4 with AD. The question of coexistence, especially with respect to the genetic background has not been studied earlier. We investigated, therefore, the occurrence of AMD in AD patients and compared their lipid profile and apoE polymorphism. Methods - 49 AMD, 32 AD and 27 control patients were examined (risk factors, visual acuity, slit lamp biomicroscopy, fundoscopy). Following measurement of triglyceride, total and HDL cholesterol levels, apoE mutation analysis was performed. Results - AMD was found in 8% of the cooperating AD patients. The prevalence of the apoE 4 isoforms in the AMD, AD and the control patients was 2%, 47% and 22%, while that of apoE 2 was 17%, 6% and 7%, respectively. The prevalence of apoE 3 isoform was 82%, 41% and 71%, respectively. Triglyceride, total and HDL cholesterol were in the reference range; however, AD patients were characterized by a lower total cholesterol value. Conclusions - The new finding of this publication is the rare occurrence of AMD among AD patients. The higher frequency of apoE 4 among the AD population, and the higher frequency of apoE 2 among AMD patients in the South-Western region of Hungary confirms the findings of other investigators.]