Bong-Yun Cha

Catholic University of Korea, Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea

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    ABSTRACT: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is the most common complication associated with diabetes. DPN can present as a loss of sensation, may lead to neuropathic ulcers, and is a leading cause of amputation. Reported estimates of the prevalence of DPN vary due to differences in study populations and diagnostic criteria. Furthermore, the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of DPN in Korean patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are not as well understood as those of other complications of diabetes such as retinal and renal disease. Recently, the Diabetic Neuropathy Study Group of the Korean Diabetes Association (KDA) conducted a study investigating the impact of DPN on disease burden and quality of life in patients with T2DM and has published some data that are representative of the nation. This review investigated the prevalence and associated clinical implications of DPN in Korean patients with diabetes based on the KDA study.
    Diabetes & metabolism journal 02/2014; 38(1):25-31.
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control rate of hypertension in Korean adults with diabetes using nationally representative data. Using data of 5,105 adults from the fifth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2011 (4,389 nondiabetes mellitus [non-DM]), 242 newly diagnosed with DM (new-DM), and 474 previously diagnosed with DM (known-DM), we analyzed the prevalence of hypertension (mean systolic blood pressure ≥140 mm Hg, diastolic blood pressure ≥90 mm Hg, or use of antihypertensive medication) and control rate of hypertension (blood pressure [BP] <130/80 mm Hg). The prevalence of hypertension in diabetic adults was 54.6% (44.4% in new-DM and 62.6% in known-DM, P<0.0001 and P<0.0001, respectively) compared with non-DM adults (26.2%). Compared to non-DM, awareness (85.7%, P<0.001) and treatment (97.0%, P=0.020) rates were higher in known-DM, whereas no differences were found between new-DM and non-DM. Control rate among all hypertensive subjects was lower in new-DM (14.9%), compared to non-DM (35.1%, P<0.001) and known-DM (33.3%, P=0.004). Control rate among treated subjects was also lower in new-DM (25.2%), compared to non-DM (68.4%, P<0.0001) and known-DM (39.9%, P<0.0001). Higher prevalence and low control rate of hypertension in adults with diabetes suggest that stringent efforts are needed to control BP in patients with diabetes, particularly in newly diagnosed diabetic patients.
    Diabetes & metabolism journal 02/2014; 38(1):51-7.
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    ABSTRACT: Recently the Korea Diabetes Association participated in the ‘Cambodia-Korea Twinning Project’ to help Cambodia establish its own modernized diabetes center and to raise awareness of the seriousness of diabetes. Here we report the status of diabetes in an urban area of Cambodia as obtained through this project.
    Diabetes research and clinical practice 01/2014; · 2.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aims of this study are to investigate the glycemic efficacy and predictive parameters of vildagliptin therapy in Korean subjects with type 2 diabetes. In this retrospective study, we retrieved data for subjects who were on twice-daily 50 mg vildagliptin for at least 6 months, and classified the subjects into five treatment groups. In three of the groups, we added vildagliptin to their existing medication regimen; in the other two groups, we replaced one of their existing medications with vildagliptin. We then analyzed the changes in glucose parameters and clinical characteristics. Ultimately, 327 subjects were analyzed in this study. Vildagliptin significantly improved hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels over 6 months. The changes in HbA1c levels (ΔHbA1c) at month 6 were -2.24% (P=0.000), -0.77% (P=0.000), -0.80% (P=0.001), -0.61% (P=0.000), and -0.34% (P=0.025) for groups 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, respectively, with significance. We also found significant decrements in fasting plasma glucose levels in groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 (P<0.05). Of the variables, initial HbA1c levels (P=0.032) and history of sulfonylurea use (P=0.026) were independently associated with responsiveness to vildagliptin treatment. Vildagliptin was effective when it was used in subjects with poor glycemic control. It controlled fasting plasma glucose levels as well as sulfonylurea treatment in Korean type 2 diabetic subjects.
    Diabetes & metabolism journal 02/2013; 37(1):72-80.
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of early intensive insulin therapy on body fat distribution, lean body mass and β-cell function in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. Methods. Thirty-eight subjects with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes participated in a 12-week course of intensive insulin therapy. Patients were administered a 75 g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), underwent measurement of visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissues (VAT and SAT) using computed tomography and appendicular skeletal muscle (ASM) mass was assessed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Results. After intensive insulin therapy, fasting plasma glucose and HbA1c levels decreased. Homeostasis model assessment (HOMA)-B, the insulinogenic index, and the C-peptide-to-glucose area under the curve (AUC) ratio increased. The insulin sensitivity index and the glucose AUC decreased after 12 weeks. The body composition analysis revealed that the VAT and the ratio of VAT to SAT decreased, whereas body weight and total fat mass increased nonsignificantly. The ASM/weight and skeletal muscle mass index increased. The restoration of β-cell function, as identified by HOMA-B, the insulinogenic index, and the C-peptide-to-glucose AUC ratio, was correlated with the changes in VAT when controlled for age and gender. In multiple regression analyses, the decrease in VAT was shown to independently contribute to improved HbA1c over the study period, after adjusting for confounding factors. Conclusions. These results suggest that a shift in fat distribution from visceral to subcutaneous fat after early intensive insulin therapy is associated with improvements in glycemic control and β-cell function in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes.
    Endocrine Research 01/2013; · 1.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: While many studies have shown the good efficacy and safety of exenatide in patients with diabetes, limited information is available about exenatide in clinical practice in Korean populations. Therefore, this retrospective cohort study was designed to analyze the effects of exenatide on blood glucose level and body weight in Korean patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. We reviewed the records of the patients with diabetes who visited Seoul St. Mary's Hospital and for whom exenatide was prescribed from June 2009 to October 2011. After excluding subjects based on their race/ethnicity, medical history, whether or not they changed more than 2 kinds of oral hypoglycemic agents with exenatide treatment, loss to follow-up, or whether they stopped exenatide therapy within 6 months, a total of 52 subjects were included in the final analysis. The mean glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) level and weight remarkably decreased from 8.5±1.7% to 6.7±1.0% (P<0.001) and from 82.3±15.8 kg to 78.6±16.3 kg (P<0.001), respectively. The multiple regression analysis indicated that the reduction in HbA1c level was significantly associated with a shorter duration of diabetes, a higher baseline HbA1c level, and greater weight reduction, whereas weight loss had no significant correlation with other factors. No severe adverse events were observed. These results suggest that a 6-month exenatide injection therapy significantly improved patients' HbA1c levels and body weights without causing serious adverse effects in Korean patients with type 2 diabetes.
    Diabetes & metabolism journal 10/2012; 36(5):364-70.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate prognostic role of thyroglobulin (Tg) levels at the time of ablation (A-Tg) and stimulation Tg levels at 6-12 months after remnant ablation (S-Tg) combined with revised American Thyroid Association (ATA) guidelines risk stratification. Data of 359 patients (median follow-up duration: 66.3 months) with papillary thyroid carcinoma who had high-dose remnant ablation were analyzed. The cutoff value of A-Tg to predict the persistent/recurrent disease was calculated by receiver operating characteristic curve analysis. In each risk group by ATA guidelines, the association of A-Tg with persistent/recurrent disease was evaluated. The role of A-Tg and ATA risk stratification in each S-Tg group (group with S-Tg <2 ng/mL, 2-10 ng/mL, or >10 ng/mL) was also evaluated. Tg response was determined by the difference between A-Tg and S-Tg with consideration of the dose of radioactive iodine ablation. A-Tg above 5.22 ng/mL was associated with persistent/recurrent disease in all risk groups by ATA guidelines. A-Tg above the cutoff value and ATA risk assessment was related to persistent/recurrent disease in patients with S-Tg 2 to 10 ng/mL (P = 0.003) and S-Tg above 10 ng/mL (P = 0.019). However, no difference in the incidence of persistent/recurrent disease was found according to Tg response. The scoring system made up of A-Tg, S-Tg, and ATA staging showed elaborate discrimination of prognosis. Risk stratification using combined scoring with initial stimulated Tg levels, including A-Tg and S-Tg, and staging system by revised ATA guidelines can effectively predict persistent/recurrent disease in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma.
    Clinical nuclear medicine 09/2012; 37(11):1069-74. · 3.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the independent predictors of coronary artery stenosis in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and subclinical atherosclerosis. A total of 232 patients with type 2 DM and subclinical atherosclerosis underwent multislice computed tomography coronary angiography. Subclinical atherosclerosis was determined by the carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) or carotid plaque. Multislice computed tomography coronary angiography revealed significant coronary stenosis (>50% in diameter) in 71 subjects (31%). The subjects who had significant coronary stenosis were much older and had had a longer duration of DM. In particular, the log-transformed albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR) was greater in the subjects with significant coronary stenosis compared to the subjects without significant coronary stenosis. The age- and gender-adjusted odds ratio for significant coronary stenosis increased in proportion to albuminuria with a given estimated glomerular filtration rate. The ACR as a continuous variable (odds ratio 4.167, 95% confidence interval 1.497 to 11.599) or categorical variable (ACR >30 μg/mg, odds ratio 4.619, 95% confidence interval 1.562 to 13.659) was associated with an increased risk of significant coronary stenosis, independent of conventional cardiovascular risk factors. In receiver operating characteristic analysis, the ACR had an additive effect with carotid IMT for predicting significant coronary stenosis (area under the curve 0.625 with carotid IMT; area under the curve 0.710 with carotid IMT plus ACR, p = 0.0144). In conclusion, the presence of albuminuria is an independent predictor for significant coronary stenosis in patients with type 2 DM and subclinical atherosclerosis.
    The American journal of cardiology 08/2012; · 3.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sarpogrelate, a selective 5-HT(2) receptor antagonist, is known to have a significant effect on antiplatelet action. This study was a double-blinded, randomized, paralleled multicenter trial to compare the effects of sarpogrelate and aspirin on preventing macrovascular complications in patients with type 2 diabetes. The subjects were randomly assigned to either the sarpogrelateor the aspirin group. The baseline parameters for macrovascular complications, such as intima media thickness (IMT), ankle-brachial index (ABI), IL-6, serotonin, adiponectin, and hsCRP, were measured before drug administration. Changes were compared at 6 and 12 months after the administration of each drug. A total of 127 subjects (63 in the sarpogrelate group and 64 in the aspirin group) were pooled during the study period. No significant differences were found in baseline IMT or in other predictors of macrovascular complications. The mean IMT increased in both groups after 12 months, but there was no significant difference between the two groups. No significant change was found in the other predictors of macrovascular complications nor in the incidence of drug-related adverse events between the two groups. During the study period, no significant differences were found between the sarpogrelate group and aspirin group in the clinical indices or in the safety of the subjects related to macrovascular complications. This suggests that sarpogrelate may be clinically useful for the primary prevention of macrovascular complications in patients with type 2 diabetes.
    Endocrine Journal 06/2012; 59(8):709-16. · 2.23 Impact Factor
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    Seung-Hyun Ko, Bong-Yun Cha
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    ABSTRACT: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), a common and troublesome complication in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), contributes to a higher risk of diabetic foot ulcer and lower limb amputation. These situations can negatively impact the quality of life of affected individuals. Despite its high prevalence and clinical importance, most diabetes mellitus patients not only do not recognize the presence of diabetic neuropathy, but also do not report their symptoms to physicians or other health care providers. Therefore, DPN is usually under diagnosed and undertreated. For early detection and appropriate intervention for DPN, a careful history, physical with neurologic examination, and prompt treatment are needed in T2DM patients.
    Diabetes & metabolism journal 02/2012; 36(1):6-12.
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    ABSTRACT: Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scan has a role in the surveillance of patients with a history of thyroid carcinoma. Its efficacy after remnant ablation as far as detecting persistent or recurrent thyroid carcinoma before other surveillance methods is not known, however. In intermediate-to-high risk thyroid carcinoma patients we studied whether PET/CT scan, performed 6-12 months after the first remnant ablation, could provide more information than ultrasonography (US) and thyrotropin-stimulated serum thyroglobulin (Tg) determination with diagnostic whole-body scan (DxWBS). We studied 71 subjects with differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) who were intermediate-to-high risk for persistent/recurrent disease and who had received PET/CT scan, US, and DxWBS simultaneously with stimulated Tg levels 6-12 months after remnant ablation. To evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of PET/CT scan, the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and diagnostic accuracy were calculated. Ten subjects (14%) had persistent/recurrent disease detected 6-12 months after remnant ablation. Persistence/recurrence was detected in nine (12.7%) of these patients by conventional methods, including US and DxWBS, along with stimulated Tg levels. The remaining case was detected solely by a PET/CT scan, which showed a mediastinal prevascular lesion; this was confirmed by a therapeutic WBS after additional radioiodine therapy. Among the six patients whose PET/CT scan showed positive results, five had persistent/recurrent disease. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and diagnostic accuracy of PET/CT scan for detecting persistent/recurrent thyroid carcinoma were 50%, 98.4%, 83.3%, 92.3%, and 91.5%, respectively. In intermediate-to-high risk patients with DTC seen 6-12 months after their first remnant ablation, there is almost no complementary role for adding a PET/CT scan to conventional follow-up methods, an US and a DxWBS simultaneously with stimulated Tg levels.
    Thyroid: official journal of the American Thyroid Association 02/2012; 22(2):157-64. · 2.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between the circulating BMP-4 levels and atherosclerosis in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Serum BMP-4 levels were measured in 174 diabetic patients, and the degree of atherosclerosis was assessed by measuring the carotid intima-media thickness and the cardio-ankle vascular index. Serum BMP-4 levels were inversely correlated with systolic blood pressure, triglycerides, free fatty acids, cardio-ankle vascular index and carotid intima-media thickness. Lower BMP-4 levels were shown to be an independent predictor of the increased cardio-ankle vascular index and carotid intima-media thickness after adjusting for conventional cardiovascular risk factors in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Serum BMP-4 levels are inversely associated with surrogate markers of arterial stiffness and carotid atherosclerosis in patients with Type 2 diabetes.
    Biomarkers in Medicine 12/2011; 5(6):827-35. · 3.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] and arterial stiffness in patients with type 2 diabetes. Serum 25(OH)D was measured in a cross-sectional sample of 131 men and 174 women aged 30 years and over in Korea. Arterial stiffness was assessed by pulse wave velocity (PWV) obtained with a VP-2000 pulse wave unit. Fasting plasma glucose, insulin, lipid profile, HbA1c, calcium, phosphorous, and HS-CRP were measured. The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was high (85.9%). Those with lower vitamin D levels had increased PWV. Using multivariate regression analysis, low 25(OH)D concentrations independently predicted PWV (p<0.001) in people with type 2 diabetes after adjustment for other risk factors such as age, smoking, hypertension, HS-CRP, diabetes duration, hypertension duration, HbA1c, and BMI. Vitamin D deficiency is common in type 2 diabetes, and a low 25(OH)D level is significantly associated with increased arterial stiffness in these patients. Vitamin D may influence the development of cardiovascular disease. Clinical intervention studies are needed to clarify whether treatment with vitamin D decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with type 2 diabetes.
    Diabetes research and clinical practice 09/2011; 95(1):42-7. · 2.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus are at greater risk of bone fractures than nondiabetics. However, the risk factors for fractures in patients with diabetes have not been fully evaluated. This study was designed to evaluate the relative frequency of fractures at different sites and the diabetes-associated factors that affect nontraumatic bone fracture in patients with type 2 diabetes. This retrospective case-control study recruited 144 patients with type 2 diabetes, who presented with nontraumatic fractures between March 2004 and March 2009 and 150 age-, gender-, body mass index (BMI)- and duration of diabetes-matched control subjects. Nontraumatic fractures were confirmed using patients' medical records and radiological findings. All subjects were examined for their diabetes status and associated factors for fracture, including bone mineral density (BMD). Of 150 reported bone fractures, the hip was the most frequent fracture site (32·7%), followed by the upper extremity (19·3%). Nontraumatic fractures were associated with diabetic retinopathy, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, stroke history, previous fracture and insulin treatment (P < 0·05). In multivariate analyses, independently associated factors for bone fracture were diabetic peripheral neuropathy [odds ratio (OR) = 37·3, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1·46-652·57] and previous fracture (OR = 9·54, 95% CI = 1·18-77·37; P < 0·05). The hip was the most frequent site of nontraumatic fracture, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy was significantly associated with an increased risk of nontraumatic fractures in patients with type 2 diabetes.
    Clinical Endocrinology 09/2011; 77(1):51-5. · 3.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study was aimed to investigate the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy and its associated factors in rural Korean patients with type 2 diabetes. A population-based, cross-sectional diabetic retinopathy survey was conducted from 2005 to 2006 in 1,298 eligible participants aged over 40 yr with type 2 diabetes identified in a rural area of Chungju, Korea. Diabetic retinopathy was diagnosed by a practicing ophthalmologist using funduscopy. The overall prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in the population was 18% and proliferative or severe non-proliferative form was found in 5.0% of the study subjects. The prevalence of retinopathy was 6.2% among those with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes and 2.4% of them had a proliferative or severe non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy. The odds ratio of diabetic retinopathy increased with the duration of diabetes mellitus (5-10 yr: 5.2- fold; > 10 yr: 10-fold), postprandial glucose levels (> 180 mg/dL: 2.5-fold), and HbA1c levels (every 1% elevation: 1.34-fold). The overall prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in rural Korean patients was similar to or less than that of other Asian group studies. However, the number of patients with proliferative or severe non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy was still high and identified more frequently at the time of diagnosis. This emphasizes that regular screening for diabetic retinopathy and more aggressive management of glycemia can reduce the number of people who develop diabetic retinopathy.
    Journal of Korean medical science 08/2011; 26(8):1068-73. · 0.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Congenital nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (NDI) is a rare X-linked recessive disorder associated with germ-line mutations of the arginine vasopressin (AVP) receptor type 2 (AVPR2) gene. Recent molecular studies have demonstrated that insensitivity of renal tubule cells to AVP is associated with AVPR2 mutations. We identified a novel deletion mutation at nucleotide position 302 (302delC), in a Korean NDI family, that results in a frameshift and a truncated receptor protein. To identify the mutant AVPR2 protein we developed an expression vector for the AVPR2 mutation by a PCR-based restriction fragment replacement strategy. COS-7 cells were transiently transfected with expression vectors for the wild-type and mutant genes, and we analyzed AVP-induced cyclic adenosine monophos-phate (cAMP) responses, and assessed the localization of AVPR2 receptors, in the transfected COS-7 cells. In the cells expressing the mutant gene, the maximum AVP-induced cAMP response was reduced and the truncated receptor proteins were retained within the cytoplasmic compartment. These results suggest that the novel frameshift AVPR2 (302delC) mutation is responsible for the AVP resistance in the family with congenital NDI.
    International journal of clinical and experimental medicine 01/2011; 4(1):1-9.
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    ABSTRACT: Bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP-4) is involved in the earliest stages of adipocyte differentiation and is recognized as an adipogenic factor for white adipose tissue. The association of serum BMP-4 levels with anthropometric and metabolic parameters has not been previously studied. We aimed to explore the relationship of serum BMP-4 levels with obesity and metabolic syndrome. Serum BMP-4 levels were measured in 104 non-diabetic individuals from the Chungju Metabolic Disease Cohort Study. Anthropometric measurements and components of metabolic syndrome were assessed in all patients. Serum BMP-4 levels were significantly increased in individuals with obesity or metabolic syndrome. After adjusting for age and gender, serum BMP-4 levels were positively correlated with body mass index, waist circumference (WC), waist-to-hip ratio, fasting plasma insulin, homeostasis model assessment index, and triglycerides and were negatively correlated with high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Among these parameters, WC and HDL cholesterol were found to be independent contributing factors for serum BMP-4 levels. Serum BMP-4 levels were also significantly higher in subjects with positive diagnostic criteria for each component of metabolic syndrome. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for BMP-4 was 0.661 (P = 0.022, 95% CI = 0.528 to 0.794) and the cut-off value was 2.84 pg/mL. This is the first demonstration that serum BMP-4 levels are associated with adiposity, insulin resistance, and the presence of metabolic syndrome. Whether BMP-4 may be involved in the pathogenesis of obesity and metabolic syndrome deserves further investigation.
    Endocrine Journal 01/2011; 58(1):39-46. · 2.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We aimed to evaluate the association between diabetic microangiopathy and subclinical atherosclerosis as a marker of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. A total of 142 newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics who were free from CVD underwent evaluation of diabetic microangiopathy. Subclinical atherosclerosis was assessed by measuring carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), and the 10-year absolute risk of CVD was estimated using the UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) Risk Engine. Subclinical atherosclerosis was found in 27 subjects (19.0%). The rates of hypertension and diabetic retinopathy were significantly higher among patients with subclinical atherosclerosis. The UKPDS 10-year risk for CVD was significantly increased in subjects with subclinical atherosclerosis. Old age, hypertension and the presence of diabetic retinopathy showed a significant association to subclinical atherosclerosis after further adjustments for gender, body mass index, smoking status, HbA1c, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and the presence of diabetic nephropathy. This study shows that diabetic retinopathy is an independent risk marker for subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. We suggest that a diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy may warrant a more careful cardiovascular assessment even in the early stages of diabetes.
    Diabetes research and clinical practice 12/2010; 91(2):253-9. · 2.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Currently, there is no consensus on the necessity of repeated radioiodine therapy (RAI) in patients who show iodine uptake in the thyroid bed on a diagnostic whole-body scan (DxWBS) despite undetectable thyroglobulin (Tg) levels after remnant ablation. The present study investigated the clinical outcomes of scan-positive, Tg-negative patients (WBS+Tg-) who did or did not receive additional RAI. We retrospectively reviewed 389 differentiated thyroid carcinoma patients who underwent a total thyroidectomy and received high-dose RAI from January 2003 through December 2005. The patients were classified according to surveillance DxWBS findings and TSH-stimulated Tg levels 6 to 12 months after the initial RAI. Forty-four of the 389 patients (11.3%) showed thyroid bed uptake on a DxWBS despite negative Tg levels (WBS+Tg-). There was no difference in clinical and pathological parameters between WBS+Tg- and WBS-Tg- patients, except for an increased frequency of thyroiditis in the WBS+Tg- group. Among the 44 WBS+Tg- patients, 27 subjects were treated with additional RAI; 25 subjects showed no uptake in subsequent DxWBS. Two patients were evaluated only by ultrasonography (US) and displayed no persistent/recurrent disease. The other 17 patients received no further RAI; Eight patients and two patients showed no uptake and persistent uptake, respectively, on subsequent DxWBS. Six patients presented negative subsequent US findings, and one was lost to follow-up. Over the course of 53.2 ± 10.1 months, recurrence/persistence was suspicious in two patients in the treatment group. There were no remarkable differences in clinical outcomes between observation and treatment groups of WBS+Tg- patients. Observation without repeated RAI may be an alternative management option for WBS+Tg- patients.
    The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine 12/2010; 25(4):408-14.
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    ABSTRACT: The risk for parathyroid carcinoma is high in those with the HPT-JT syndrome. Parafibromin is a protein derived from HRPT2 gene and its inactivation has been coupled to familial form of parathyroid malignancy. We previously identified altered transcripts resulting from splice site mutation of the HRPT2 gene in a family with this syndrome. In the present work, we investigated the stability of the altered HRPT2 transcripts and translation products produced in the HPT-JT syndrome. We quantified the differentially expressed HRPT2 mRNAs using real-time RT-PCR and developed a novel monoclonal parafibromin antibody to study the expression of parafibromin in the HPT-JT syndrome. The relative quantification ratios of the wild type HRPT2 mRNA, 23 bp deleted HRPT2 mRNA, and 70 bp deleted HRPT2 mRNA in the HPT-JT syndrome were 0.68, 0.17 and 0.15, respectively. But endogenous parafibromin expression was not detectable in the HPT-JT syndrome carcinoma. The altered HRPT2 mRNAs resulting from the splice site mutation in the HPT-JT syndrome were stable, but their parafibromin translation products from the HPT-JT syndrome carcinoma were probably degraded rapidly. Additional studies that aim to fully characterize the consequences of altered HRPT2 mRNAs in HPT-JT syndrome are required to explore these possibilities.
    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 08/2010; 100(4):365-71. · 2.83 Impact Factor