Paraoxonase 1 genotype-phenotype correlation in patients with metabolic syndrome

Vol. 56 No. 2 Suppl., 2015
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Lorena Ciumarnean, Eleonora Dronca, Stefan Cristian Vesa, Dorel Sampelean, Anca Dana Buzoianu, Andrei Achimas-Cadariu

The aim of the study was to investigate the influence of three single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (-108C>T, -162A>G and -909G>C) from the promoter region of paraoxonase 1 (PON1) gene on the enzyme activity, in patients with metabolic syndrome (MS). The study group consisted of 61 individuals with MS and the control group of 73 individuals without MS, matched for age and gender. For each individual, clinical and genetic parameters with possible influence on PON1 activities (paraoxonase, arylesterase and lactonase) were measured. PON1 genotyping was performed with PCR-RFLP, using specific primers and restriction enzymes. We found no differences for distribution of PON1 -108C>T, -162A>G and -909G>C polymorphisms, between the two groups (p-NS). The -108C>T and -909G>C polymorphisms were associated with paraoxonase (p=0.03, p=0.006, respectively), arylesterase (p<0.001, p<0.001, respectively) and lactonase (p<0.001, p<0.001, respectively) activities. The -162A>G polymorphism was not associated with paraoxonase (p-NS) or lactonase (p-NS) activities, but influenced the arylesterase activity (p=0.03). PON1 activities were influenced by all three polymorphisms, regardless of the presence of MS.

Corresponding author: Stefan Cristian Vesa, Assistant Lecturer, MD, PhD; e-mail:

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Maria Victoria Comanescu, Mihaela Andreea Mocanu, Laurentiu Anghelache, Bogdan Marinescu, Florian Dumitrache, Anca-Daniela Badoi, Gina Manda

Iron oxide nanoparticles are promising candidates for theranostics in cancer, that aims to achieve in one-step precise tumor imaging by magnetic resonance, and targeted therapy through surface attached anti-cancer drugs. The aim of this study was to investigate in preclinical setting the biocompatibility of new iron oxide-based nanoparticles that were coated with L-DOPA for improved dispersion in biological media. These nanostructures (NPs) were designed for biomedical applications as contrast agents and/or drug carriers. We investigated the effect exerted in vitro by NPs and L-DOPA on the viability and proliferation of normal mouse L929 fibroblasts. NPs exhibited good biocompatibility against these cells. Moreover, L-DOPA contained in NPs sustained fibroblasts proliferation and/or limited anti-proliferative effects of naked nanoparticles. In the animal study, C57BL/6 mice were injected intraperitoneally with a single dose of NPs (approximately 125 mg/kg body weight). We followed up hematological and histological parameters for one, three and seven days after NPs administration. Results indicated that NPs possibly induced local inflammation and consequent recruitment of peripheral lymphocytes, whilst the decrease of platelet counts may reflect tissue lesions caused by NPs. The histopathological study showed mild to moderate alterations in the hepatocytes, splenic and renal cells, while the brain parenchyma only presented nonspecific congestive changes. Taken altogether, the preclinical study indicated that the new iron oxide nanoparticles coated with L-DOPA were biocompatible against fibroblasts and had a convenient toxicological profile when administered intraperitoneally in a single dose to C57BL/6 mice. Accordingly, the proposed nanostructure is a promising candidate for imaging and treating dispersed peritoneal tumors.

Corresponding author: Maria Victoria Comanescu, MD, PhD; e-mail:

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