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Miliaela Ileana Ionescu, Adriana Z. Costache, Ovidiu Oniga, Horia L. Banciu and Iulia Lupan


Adenylat kinase is an ubiquitous enzyme found in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. In the present study we examined the inhibition of Streptococcus pneumoniae adenylate kinase (AKSP) by six 5-arylidene-thiazolidin-4- on-2-thione derivates using 2, 4-dinitrophenylhydrazine colorimetric assay. Inhibition of AKSP activity with synthetic compounds was performed against recombinant enzyme over-expressed in E. coli. The compound C10H6BrNOS2 with the bromine atom in -ortho position has shown the most efficient inhibitory activity; I50 value (the inhibitor concentration that leads to 50% activity inhibition) was 0.067mM.

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Irina Ilea, Iulia Lupan, Daniel Corneliu Leucuta, Caius Romulus Duncea and Maria Dronca


Objectives. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of PON1 gene at the level of promoter region (‒909 and ‒832) and of first exon (+575, A20352G, resulting Q192R substitution) on paraoxonase-1 (PON1) activities in 53 patients with angiographycally proven coronary heart disease (CHD) and 17 free-CHD subjects. Methods and Results. Serum PON1 arylesterase (Ar-ase) and salt-stimulated paraoxonase (ssPO-ase) activities were assessed with manual spectrophotometric methods, by using phenyl acetate and paraoxon as substrates. Common serum biochemical markers were assayed by enzymatic methods using commercial kits, on a Roche/Hitachi 912 Auto Analyzer. PON1 genotypes were determined by PCR and nucleotide sequencing of the amplicons with an ABI PRISMTM 310 Genetic Analyzer and a BigDye® Terminator v3.1 Cycle Sequencing Kit. The severity of coronary artery stenosis was assessed and classified using the Gensini score. We found no significant differences in the PON1 activities and -909(G→C), -832(G→A) and +575(A→G) PON1 polymorphisms between CHD and CHD-free groups. Considering all investigated subjects, we found that -909(G→C) and +575(A→G) SNPs had statistically significant effects on Ar-ase activity and PO-ase activity, respectively. In a multiple regression model we found that diabetes, LDL-cholesterol and the number of mutant alleles were significant independent determinants of the Gensini score. A significant positive correlation was observed only between the Gensini score and the number of mutant alleles. Conclusions. There are no differences between CHD and CHD-free groups regarding PON1 genotypes and phenotypes but the increasing number of PON1 mutant alleles is an important factor in determining the severity of coronary damage.

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Angela Butnariu, Camelia Zamfir, Mihaela Iancu, Daniela Iacob, G. Samasca and Iulia Lupan

Background and Aims. Two-dimensional (2D) and Doppler echocardiography are the main methods for the non-invasive evaluation of ventricular function in children. Our study monitored the evaluation of systolic and diastolic function in pediatric patients, using classical echocardiographic parameters and pulsed tissue Doppler parameters, as well as the correlation between these.

Methods. The study included 18 healthy children and 9 children diagnosed with congestive heart failure secondary to congenital heart malformations. The parameters of systolic and diastolic function were measured by 2D echocardiography, 2D guided M mode, color and pulsed Doppler, as well as by pulsed tissue Doppler at the level of the mitral and tricuspid annulus.

Results. A relaxation alteration pattern or a pseudonormal pattern of E diastolic velocity compared to the A wave was found (E = A; E > A) in the group of subjects with heart failure. E wave deceleration time had significantly increased values in the case of patients with CHF, being correlated with diastolic dysfunction. Left ventricular flow propagation velocity Vp was decreased in patients with heart failure, the E/Vp ratio being maintained relatively constant in subjects with congestive heart failure and healthy subjects, most probably on account of the concomitant change in the E wave. Associations between the severity of systolic dysfunction and the diastolic dysfunction were found in pediatric patients diagnosed with congestive heart failure (Student test, p < 0.05).

Conclusions. Tissue Doppler measurements proved to be useful for the evaluation of pediatric patients with altered ventricular geometry secondary to congenital heart disease, systolic-diastolic dysfunction and heart failure.

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Daniela Iacob, Angela Butnariu, Daniel-Corneliu Leucuţa, Gabriel Samaşca, Diana Deleanu and Iulia Lupan


Introduction. Heart failure (HF) is characterized by neuroendocrine activation. The cardiac natriuretic hormones, including atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), together with their related pro-peptides (proANP and proBNP) represent a group of peptide hormones produced by the heart. A normal NT-proBNP level has a high negative predictive value for heart failure. The use of NT-proBNP testing is helpful in diagnosing acute HF in the emergency care setting, allowing an early and optimal treatment. The purpose of this study is to assess the prognostic value of NT-proBNP in heart failure in children younger than 3 years old and to establish whether it correlates with the NYHA/Ross functional class and left ventricle systolic function.

Methods. We enrolled 24 consecutive children with HF due to congenital heart diseases and dilated cardiomyopathy. The serum levels of NT-proBNP were measured, all patients underwent echocardiography and left ventricle ejection fraction was calculated.

Results. The highest median value of NT-proBNP was recorded in patients with cyanotic heart diseases (248.0 fmol/mL), p = 0.610. NT-proBNP had a negative correlation with the ejection fraction of the left ventricle: Spearman's rank correlation coefficient was −0.165.

Conclusions. NT-proBNP levels correlate with the severity of HF in infants and small children younger than 3 years old with heart failure due to congenital heart diseases and dilated cardiomyopathy.