Specialities

Diabetology

Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 01, 2000

[Antibacterial therapy: 2000 balance and perspectives]

GRABER Hedvig

[Following a brief history of antibacterial therapy and evaluating the achievements and damages occurred, authors focus on today's problems and the following statements are made: Principles of treatment are clearly defined, however the choice of antibiotics may vary in time and in regions according to the differences in bacterial resistance. Antibacterials of the last decade (III-IV. generation fluoroquinolones, streptogramins, oxazolidinones, new vancomycine analogues) are intended to be effective against multiresistant Gram-positive cocci. Beside bacterial resistance, the most difficult therapeutic problems are the infections in the immunocompromised patients. The role of infection in the pathogenesis of certain diseases, e.g. ventricular/duodenal ulcer and probably atherosclerosis, has only recently been discovered; here new prospects may open for antibacterials. Data of the antibiotic utilization in Hungary show radical changes in the last years. Conclusion: the immense power of antibiotics still has its limits: to conquer bacterial disease successfully the intelligent combination of antibiosis, asepsis and immunization are required. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 01, 2000

[Molecular mechanisms of cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure]

MIKALA Gábor, PETŐ Mónika, VÁLYI Nagy István, CSÁSZÁR Albert

[In this review, the most important molecular mechanisms leading to cardiac muscle hypertrophy and consequentially to heart failure are detailed. In numerous instances, understanding molecular mechanisms offers the possibility for pharmacotherapeutic intervention. First, trimeric G-proteins and their attached intracellular signaling pathways are introduced, with special emphasis on the pathways elucidated by transgenic animal models. In this area, there are several clinically effective drugs to influence cardiac hypertrophy, including ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor antagonists, as well as a- and B-adrenergic receptor blockers. Mitogen activated protein kinases participate later in the hypertrophic cascade. There are ongoing investigations on the potential therapeutic use of lipid-soluble statins these are indirect inhibitors of Ras-farnesylation. Altered cellular Ca2+-homeostasis is fundamental with respect to cardiac muscle hypertrophy and heart failure. The third part of this article investigates the role of the calcium/calmodulin dependent protein phosphatase called calcineurin in these processes. Administration of cyclosporin A or tacrolimus (both are inhibitors of calcineurin) may not be recommended in most forms of cardiac hypertrophy, however, in certain settings they may prove to be valuable therapeutic agents. One of the most serious, not yet properly addressed problem of late stage heart failure is the development of ventricular arrhythmias caused by repolarization abnormalities. Certain mechanisms of this phenomenon are highlighted with a special note on Nat-Cat exchange inhibitors as one of future therapeutic agents of much promise. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 01, 2000

[Molecular mechanisms of the link between obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes]

CSEH Károly, SALAMON Ferenc, SZEKERES Orsolya, SPEER Gábor, TÓTH János , WINKLER Gábor

[Causal link between obesity and type 2 diabetes has already been generally accepted. Alterations in the regulation of central nervous control of food intake, in the adaptive termogenesis and in the endocrinological function of the adipose tissue have foremost importance. Concerning the control of food intake leptin, Agouti-related protein as well as the pro-opiomelanocortin system and its receptors may have pivotal role in developing insulin resistance. In altering the control of adaptive termogenesis leading to obesity and concomittant insulin resistance, the mutations of the Bz-adrenergic receptors and the uncoupling proteins are important factors. Key mediators found in adipose tissue regulating insulin sensitivity are the non-esterified fatty acids, components of the tumor necrosis factor system and leptin, with the peroxysome proliferator activating receptor being the main genetic regulator of these adiposity signal molecules, ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 01, 2000

[Metabolic syndrome - metabolic risk factors]

AUDIKOVSZKY Mária, PADOS Gyula

[Since abdominal type obesity, diabetes mellitus and the metabolic syndrome were classified as primary coronary risk factors beside hypercholesterolaemia and smoking, five out of six of the most significant risk factors are regarded of metabolic origin. Simultaneous occurrence of these factors are far more frequent in the population. The composition and background of this syndrome were subject of numerous analyses and classification from syndrome-X to metabolic syndrome. Reaven finds insulin resistance and compensatory hyperinsulinism as the primary cause, while Matsuzava et al regards visceral type obesity (visceral fat syndrome), and Björntrop views the increase in sympathetic tone (civilization syndrome) as fundamental. In the diagnostics and therapy of the metabolic syndrome we should consider all factors mentioned above. We have to establish the presence of three or more classic risk factors for a firm diagnosis. In the therapy, decreasing the body weight with diet and exercise is crucial, with adjuvant drug therapy of antidiabetics, insulinsensitizers, lipid lowering agents and antihypertensives, as needed. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 01, 2000

[Diabetes mellitus and hypertension - Facts, questions and thoughts]

KERÉNYI Zsuzsa, STELLA Péter, TAMÁS Gyula

[Using the new diagnostic criteria by WHO/ISH, the frequency of hypertension in type 1 diabetic patients is 15-61%, reaching 51-73% in type 2 cases. The combination of diabetes mellitus with hypertension increases the risks of stroke and cardiovascular diseases further compared to non-diabetic hypertensive patients. Authors review new recommendations concerning the diagnosis and treatment goals of hypertension in different types of diabetes mellitus. Most recent studies supporting these recommendations are also critically analysed. Theoretical advantages of new drugs and drug combinations in the therapy of hypertensive diabetics are reviewed. The strategy of treatment according to the cardiovascular riskprofile of diabetic patients is discussed in detail in the report. For the prevention of target-organ damage, the evidence based combination of ACE inhibitors and long-acting calcium channel blockers was strongly recommended. In about 70% of diabetic patients a combination of two drugs, in one-third of the cases a combination of three or four preparations seemed to be necessary, including low-dose diuretics and/or cardioselective beta-blockers. ]