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Adriana Rusu, Cristina Nita and Nicolae Hancu

Sleep Apnea and Type 2 Diabetes: A Short Review of the Literature

The prevalence of diabetes and obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Even if today it is an accepted fact that diet and reduced physical activity are causes of obesity epidemic, sleep disturbances are seen as risk factors for obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Regardless of the nature of the relation between sleep apnea and diabetes, the observed association have important clinical, epidemiological and public health implications. Clinical studies have shown that the cardiovascular morbidity and mortality is high, both in diabetes and sleep apnea, overcoming the prevalence observed in general population. Thus, understanding the implications of sleep apnea in alteration of glucose metabolism and cardiovascular risk could contribute to the prevention of both micro- and macrovascular complications.

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Adela Golea, Adriana Rusu, Christiana Dumulesc and Cornelia Bala

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Objective: The objective of this research was to describe evolution of several biomarkers post-return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) following an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Methods: Thirteen adult patients were divided in 2 groups according to their survival status at 30 days, survivors (alive at 30 days or discharged alive) and non-survivors (not alive at 30 days). Glycemia, lactate, C-reactive protein (CRP), neurofilament heavy chain (NfH) and presepsin were assessed at pre-set time-points, during OHCA and the first 72 hours post-ROSC. Results: In survivors, lactate levels decreased steadily throughout the 72 hours from a maximum observed during OHCA; in non-survivors, it increased during ROSC, then decreased abruptly at 2 hours post-ROSC and remained lower than in survivors for up to 24 hours. Glycemia at all-time points within the first 24 hours and CRP levels at 2 hours post-ROSC were higher in non-survivors, but this observed difference was not statistically significant. The variation of NfH was bi-modal, with peaks at 12 and 48 hours. The interpretation of NfH was limited by the large number of samples outside the limit of detection. Conclusion: Glycemia, lactate and CRP showed different patterns of evolution in survivors and non-survivors and should be further investigated as potential predictors of survival after ROSC

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Irina Duţă, Emilia Rusu, Adrian Costache, Gabriela Radulian and Daniela Adriana Ion

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Background and Aims. Insulin resistance is documented in type 1 diabetes and it has been associated with chronic complications. Diabetic nephropathy is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this article is to quantify insulin resistance in type 1 diabetes subjects according to the presence or absence of advanced renal disease. A secondary objective was to study the possible association between insulin resistance and advanced renal disease.

Material and Methods. This was a cross-sectional study that included 167 type 1 diabetes patients. Insulin resistance was determined using the eGDR (estimated glucose disposal rate) formula. The association between eGDR and diabetic nephropathy was assessed in uni and multivariate models using stepwise logistic regression analysis of variables. The contribution of individual predictors in the final regression model was examined using Wald statistic.

Results. Significantly lower eGDR’s values were observed in patients with nephropathy: 5 vs. 7.3 (p<0.001). In univariate analysis eGDR was significantly associated with diabetic nephropathy (p<0.001). eGDR variable was retained in the final model of stepwise logistic regression (p<0.001) and showed the strongest association with diabetic nephropathy (Wald = 30.4).

Conclusions. In type 1 diabetes patients insulin resistance was the most important independent risk factor associated with advanced renal disease.

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Anca-Elena Crăciun, Mirela Moldovan, Adriana Rusu, Cristina Niţă, C. Crăciun and A. Tătaru

Predictors of Changes in Physical Properties of Skin in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus

Introduction: The skin, the largest human organ, is often affected by diabetes mellitus (DM). We know that DM affects the hydration of stratum corneum (SC), the sebum content of the skin and to some extent, the barrier function of the epidermis and elasticity, but we do not know the factors leading to these changes. Objectives: The objectives of this study were to determine the factors associated with changes in physical properties of the skin (skin hydration degree, sebumetry, transepidermal water loss and skin elasticity) in patients with diabetes. Materials and methods: The physical properties of the skin were assessed using the Multi Probe Adapter Systems MPA ® (Courage-Khazaka, Germany) in 57 patients with diabetes and 46 non-diabetic. Results: Statistical analysis of the entire group of 103 subjects showed a significant association between female gender and decreased SC hydration (p<0.05 in all cases), decreased values of transepidermal water loss (TEWL) (β=-0.282, p=0.006) and decreased elasticity of the skin in forearm (β=-0.216, p=0.043). Also, the presence of DM was negatively associated with levels of SC hydration measured on the forearm (β=-0.281, p=0.005). Furthermore, in patients with diabetes, the presence of diabetic neuropathy (DNP) was negatively associated with the hydration of SC measured at all levels (forearm: β=-0.465, p<0.001; leg: β=-0.590, p<0.001; tight: β=-0.198, p<0.001). The observed relationship was independent of age and sex of the participants (p<0.05 after adjustment for age and sex). Regarding skin elasticity, increasing age was associated with lower levels of skin elasticity both in entire group and in patients with DM, at all sites of measurements (p<0.05 in all cases). Additionally, in patients with diabetes, elasticity of the skin measured at forearm and tight was negativelly associated with type of DM (forearm: β=-0.335, p=0.023; tight: β=-0.522, p<0.001). In our study, nor diabetes neither DNP were not associated with TEWL values. Conclusions: The presence of DNP seems to be the main predictor of decreased SC hydration in all measuring points and skin elasticity is significantly associated with age. There are some gender-related modification in physical properties of the skin. Surprisingly, type 2 DM was associated with reduced elasticity in the thigh, and this association was independent of age and sex.

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Eleonora Mircia, Gabriel Hancu, Aura Rusu, Adriana Cazacu, Teodora Balaci and Ruxandra Soare

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Objective: In this study we report the development of a simple, rapid and efficient capillary electrophoresis method for the simultaneous determination of atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin and simvastin.

Methods: Capillary zone electrophoresis proved to be efficient for the simultaneous separation of atorvastatin and fluvastatin, but could not resolve the determination of lovastatin and simvastatin. The simultaneous separation of all four statins was achieved by applying a micellar electrokinetic chromatographic method, after transforming lovastatin and simvastatin in β-hydroxyl acid forms through alkaline hydrolysis. The optimum electrophoretic conditions and analytical parameters were investigated and the analytical performances of the method were verified with regard to linearity, precision, accuracy, LOD and LOQ.

Results: The optimum electrophoretic separation conditions were: 25 mM sodium tetraborate with 25 mM sodium dodecyl sulphate buffer electrolyte at pH 9.5, applied voltage + 25 kV, separation temperature 25 °C, injection pressure/time 50 mbar/1 minutes, UV detection at 230 nm. Using the optimized electrophoretic conditions we succeeded in the simultaneous determination of the four statins in approximately 3 minutes, the order of migration being: atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin. The proposed method has been applied to the determination of the analytes in pharmaceutical tablets formulations.

Conclusions: The capillary electrophoretic method developed in the present work proved to be suitable for the routine analysis of statins and can be adopted as quality control protocol in pharmaceutical analysis.

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Ramona Maria Ştefan, Cristina Niţă, Anca Crăciun, Adriana Rusu and Nicolae Hâncu

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Background and Aims: We assessed the effect of intensive therapy on modifiable cardiovascular (CV) risk factors and CV risk as compared to conventional therapy in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

Material and Methods: This was an observational, prospective study, conducted in Romania. During 1-year follow-up period the enrolled participants received either multi-factorial pharmacotherapy associated with intensive therapeutic education (Intensive group), or conventional therapy (Control group). Current analysis included data (anthropometric measurements, blood pressure and biochemical parameters) recorded at months (M) 0, 6 and 12. CV risk was calculated at M1 and M12 using the UK Prospective Diabetes Study Risk Engine.

Results: 138 patients aged 57.02±10.05 years were included in this analysis (69 in each group). At M6 and M12 a significant improvement of the majority of the modifiable risk factors in the Intensive group compared to the Control group was observed. At M12, coronary heart disease (CHD)/fatal-CHD risks were significantly lower in the Intensive (7.5%/3.1%) than in the Control (17.95%/10.3%) group (p<0.05). A similar trend was observed for the stroke/fatal-stroke risks.

Conclusions: CHD/fatal-CHD and stroke/fatal-stroke risk burden decreased in newly diagnosed diabetic patients following multi-factorial pharmacotherapy association with intensive lifestyle changes during 1-year follow-up.

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Gabriela Roman, Cornelia Bala, Cristian Ioan Craciun, Adriana Rusu and Anca Elena Craciun

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Introduction. Dawn phenomenon could have deleterious effect on overall glycemic control. Glycemic variability may be an independent risk factor for the development of diabetes chronic complications. The study aimed to evaluate any correlations between the dawn phenomenon and parameters of glycemic variability in a cohort of type 2 diabetes patients (T2DM). Material and methods. This retrospective observational study included 131 T2DM patients. Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) has been performed. Data from the first 24h of full recording were used for analysis of glycemic variability indices: mean level of 24h interstitial glucose value and standard deviation; % coefficient of variation; J index; mean amplitude of glycemic excursion - MAGE; continuous overall net glycemic action (CONGA) at 1, 2, 4 and 6 hours; mean of daily differences (MODD) index. Results. Mean age was 56.04 ± 9.91 years, 35.9% women, 17.6% on diet, 53.4% on oral therapy and 29% on insulin. Dawn phenomenon was more frequent in patients below 60 years (70%) and in oral therapy group (72.85%). Significant correlations between the dawn phenomenon and j-index, MAGE, CONGA-4 and CONGA-6 have been found in T2DM patients on diet therapy alone. The amplitude of dawn phenomenon was 46.10 ± 24.40 mg/dl and significantly correlated (p<0.05) after adjustment for age, gender and treatment with % CV, MAGE, CONGA-1, CONGA-2, CONGA-4, CONGA-6 and MODD. Conclusions. The dawn phenomenon significantly increases the glycemic variability parameters in drug-naive T2DM patients, with no impact in T2DM on oral or insulin therapy.

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Cristian-Ioan Crăciun, Anca-Elena Crăciun, Adriana Rusu, Corina Ioana Bocşan, Nicolae Hâncu and Anca Dana Buzoianu

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Chronic hyperglycemia is an important cause for the development of chronic complications of diabetes, but glycemic variability has emerged in recent years as an independent contributor to diabetes-related complications. Our objective was to evaluate glycemic variability in patients with T2DM treated with insulin compared with other antidiabetic drugs. In this retrospective study, we collected 24-hour continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) recording data from 95 patients with T2DM, of which 27 treated with insulin and 68 with non-insulin treatment. We calculated and compared 16 glucose variability parameters in the insulin-treated and non-insulin treated groups. Insulin treated patients had significantly higher values of parameters describing the amplitude of glucose value fluctuations (standard deviation of glucose values, percentage coefficient of variation [%CV], and mean amplitude of glycemic excursion [MAGE], p <0.05) and time-dependent glucose variability (percentage of time with glycemic values below 70 mg/dl and continuous overall net glycemic action [CONGA] at 2, 4 and 6 hours, p <0.05). In conclusion, insulin therapy in T2DM is correlated with significantly higher glycemic variability.

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Cristina Rusu, Adriana Sireteanu, Lăcrămioara Butnariu, Monica Pânzaru, Elena Braha, Doina Mihăilă and Roxana Popescu

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Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies (DMD/BMD) are X-linked progressive muscle disorders determined by mutations of the dystrophin (DMD) gene. Multiplex Ligation - Dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA) is a simple, inexpensive and reliable test for molecular diagnosis of DMD gene mutations. It identifies exonic copy number variations in the DMD gene, but the test should be completed with sequencing analysis in case of single exon deletions/duplications. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of MLPA as a DMD mutation screening tool in affected males and carrier females, as well as to appreciate the frequency of different types of mutations and to check the validity of the “reading frame rule”. We have used MLPA for the detection of deletions/ duplications in DMD gene in 53 individuals (30 affected males and 23 asymptomatic female relatives) referred for evaluation and genetic counseling due to the clinical suspicion of DMD/BMD. In the affected males (21 DMD and 9 BMD) MLPA had a detection rate of 63.5% (53.5% deletions and 10% duplications). The most frequently deleted exon was exon 45 and the most frequent duplication involved exons 3-5, confirming the presence of the two hotspot mutation regions reported in the literature. Mutations detected in our study have a slightly different location compared to literature data. Reading frame rule was valid in 84% of our cases.

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Adriana Sireteanu, Roxana Popescu, Elena Emanuela Braha, Cornel Bujoran, Lăcrămioara Butnariu, Lavinia Caba, Elena Graur, Eusebiu Vlad Gorduza, Mihaela Grămescu, Iuliu Cristian Ivanov, Monica Pânzaru and Cristina Rusu

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Intellectual disability (ID) is a common disorder, with major consequences for individual, family and society. Due to clinical and genetic heterogeneity of ID, in about 50% of cases an etiologic diagnosis cannot be established. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of a combination of MLPA kits to establish the diagnosis in 369 patients with syndromic ID and normal or uncertain routine karyotype results. All patients were assessed for chromosome imbalance using SALSA MLPA P064 or P096 kits, if the phenotype was suggestive of a microdeletion syndrome (subgroup A - 186 patients), or subtelomeric P036 and P070 kits, if the phenotype was not suggestive of a microdeletion syndrome or if the result of the standard karyotype was uncertain (subgroup B - 183 patients). Abnormal results detected by these kits were further characterized using appropriate follow-up MLPA kits (Telomere Follow-up set, P029-A1, P250-B2, ME028-B1). In subgroup A we identified 25 patients with microdeletions (13.4%). Using subtelomere screening and follow-up kits in subgroup B we detected cryptic rearrangements in 7.5% cases and identified the origin of the unknown material noticed in the standard karyotype in 10 out of 11 patients. Summarizing data from the two groups, the combined use of MLPA kits led to the diagnosis in 10.6% (38/358) patients with normal karyotype. Using follow-up MLPA kits allowed us both to confirm abnormalities and to determine their size, which facilitated the interpretation of the clinical significance of these rearrangements. For laboratories that do not have yet access to microarray technology, using several MLPA kits represents an effective strategy for establishing the diagnosis in ID patients.