Gábor Speer

Semmelweis University, Budapeŝto, Budapest, Hungary

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    ABSTRACT: AIM: The effects of vitamin D3 have been investigated on various tumors, including colorectal cancer (CRC). 25-hydroxyvitamin-D3-24-hydroxylase (CYP24A1), the enzyme that inactivates the active vitamin D3 metabolite 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25-D3), is considered to be the main enzyme determining the biological half-life of 1,25-D3. During colorectal carcinogenesis, the expression and concentration of CYP24A1 increases significantly, suggesting that this phenomenon could be responsible for the proposed efficacy of 1,25-D3 in the treatment of CRC. The aim of this study was to investigate the anti-tumor effects of vitamin D3 on the human CRC cell line Caco-2 after inhibition of the cytochrome P450 component of CYP24A1 activity. METHODS: We examined the expression of CYP24A1 mRNA and the effects of 1,25-D3 on the cell line Caco-2 after inhibition of CYP24A1. Cell viability and proliferation were determined by means of sulforhodamine-B staining and bromodeoxyuridine incorporation, respectively, while cytotoxicity was estimated via the lactate dehydrogenase content of the cell culture supernatant. CYP24A1 expression was measured by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. A number of tetralone compounds were synthesized to investigate their CP24A1 inhibitory activity. RESULTS: In response to 1,25-D3, CYP24A1 mRNA expression was enhanced significantly, in a time- and dose-dependent manner. Caco-2 cell viability and proliferation were not influenced by the administration of 1,25-D3 alone, but were markedly reduced by co-administration of 1,25-D3 and KD-35, a CYP24A1-inhibiting tetralone. Our data suggest that the mechanism of action of co-administered KD-35 and 1,25-D3 does not involve a direct cytotoxic effect, but rather the inhibition of cell proliferation. CONCLUSION: These findings demonstrate that the selective inhibition of CYP24A1 by compounds such as KD-35 may be a new approach for enhancement of the anti-tumor effect of 1,25-D3 on CRC.
    World Journal of Gastroenterology 05/2013; 19(17):2621-2628. · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose. Adequate calcium intake is the basis of osteoporosis therapy-when this proves insufficient, even specific antiosteoporotic agents cannot exert their actions properly. Methods. Our representative survey analyzed the dietary intake and supplementation of calcium in 8033 Hungarian female and male (mean age: 68 years) (68.01 (CI95: 67.81-68.21)) patients with osteoporosis. Results. Mean intake from dietary sources was 665 ± 7.9 mg (68.01 (CI95: 67.81-68.21)) daily. A significant positive relationship could be detected between total dietary calcium intake and lumbar spine BMD (P = 0.045), whereas such correlation could not be demonstrated with femoral T-score. Milk consumption positively correlated with femur (P = 0.041), but not with lumbar BMD. The ingestion of one liter of milk daily increased the T-score by 0.133. Average intake from supplementation was 558 ± 6.2 mg (68.01 (CI95: 67.81-68.21)) daily. The cumulative dose of calcium-from both dietary intake and supplementation-was significantly associated with lumbar (r = 0.024, P = 0.049), but not with femur BMD (r = 0.021, P = 0.107). The currently recommended 1000-1500 mg total daily calcium intake was achieved in 34.5% of patients only. It was lower than recommended in 47.8% of the cases and substantially higher in 17.7% of subjects. Conclusions. We conclude that calcium intake in Hungarian osteoporotic patients is much lower than the current recommendation, while routinely applied calcium supplementation will result in inappropriately high calcium intake in numerous patients.
    International Journal of Endocrinology 01/2013; 2013:754328. · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in developed countries. Estrogen receptor-alpha (ER-α), vitamin D receptor (VDR), and the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR), partly through their effects on calcium levels are implicated in the proliferation and carcinogenesis in the prostate gland. VDR, ER-α and CaSR genes show polymorphisms in humans that appear to have clinical significance in many pathological conditions, such as prostate cancer. Our aim was to evaluate the role of ER-α (PvuII, XbaI), VDR (BsmI) and CaSR (A986S) gene polymorphisms and serum calcium levels in the pathogenesis of prostate cancer. Two hundred four patients with prostate cancer and 102 healthy controls were recruited into a hospital-based case control study. After genotyping, the relationship between the individual genotypes and prostate cancer was investigated. Both the ER-α XbaI and the VDR BsmI polymorphisms were significantly related to the risk of prostate cancer. An age adjusted logistic regression limited to controls and patients not receiving bisphosphonate therapy showed that higher corrected serum calcium and the VDR Bb/BB genotypes independently increased the risk of prostate cancer. ER-α XbaI and VDR BsmI genetic polymorphisms had a significant association with the risk of prostate cancer. Both VDR BsmI genotypes and serum calcium levels were independently related to the risk of prostate cancer, suggesting an influence of VDR on the development of this malignancy.
    The Canadian Journal of Urology 06/2011; 18(3):5710-6. · 0.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It is established that numerous somatic oncogene mutation (BRAF, NRAS, HRAS, KRAS) and gene translocations (RET/PTC, PAX8/PPAR-gamma) are associated with the development of thyroid cancer. In this study 22 intraoperative thyroid tissue samples (11 pathologic and 11 normal) were examined. Somatic single nucleotide polymorphisms were analyzed by LigthCycler melting method, while translocations were identified by real-time polymerase chain reaction technique. In tumorous sample 3 BRAF, 2 NRAS and one HRAS mutations were found, as well as one RET/PTC1 translocation. Results confirm international data showing that these oncogene mutations and translocations are linked to thyroid cancer. Cytological examination completed with genetic data may support the diagnosis of thyroid malignancies. In addition, genetic alterations may indicate malignant transformation and may become prognostic factors in future.
    Orvosi Hetilap 04/2011; 152(17):672-7.
  • Thyroid: official journal of the American Thyroid Association 03/2011; 21(4):459-60. · 2.60 Impact Factor
  • Magyar belorvosi archivum 01/2011; 64(5):266-272.
  • European Journal of Cancer - EUR J CANCER. 01/2011; 47.
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    ABSTRACT: One of the side effects associated with glucocorticoid therapy is glucocorticoid-induced bone loss. Glucocorticoids partly detain bone formation via the inhibition of osteoblastic function, however, the exact mechanism of this inhibition remains elusive. In this study, we examined the effect of dexamethasone, an active glucocorticoid analogue, on cell viability and expression of bone remodelling-related genes in primary mouse calvarial and cloned MC3T3-E1 osteoblasts. Using sensitive biochemical assays, we demonstrated the apoptotic effect of dexamethasone on osteoblastic cells. Then, utilizing Taqman probe-based quantitative RT-PCR technology, gene expression profiles of 111 bone metabolism-related genes were determined. As a result of dexamethasone treatment we have detected significant apoptotic cell death, and six genes, including Smad3, type-2 collagen α-1, type-9 collagen α-1, matrix metalloproteinase-2, bone morphogenetic protein-4 and bone morphogenetic protein-8 showed (BMP-8) significant changes in their expression on a time- and concentration-dependent manner. BMP-8, (a novel player in bone-metabolism) exhibited a two orders of magnitude elevation in its mRNA level and highly elevated protein concentration by Western blot in response to dexamethasone treatment. The knockdown of BMP-8 by RNA interference significantly increased dexamethasone-induced cell death, confirming a protective role for BMP-8 in the glucocorticoid-induced apoptosis of osteoblasts. Our results suggest that BMP-8 might be an essential player in bone metabolism, especially in response to glucocorticoids.
    Bone 01/2011; 48(5):1052-7. · 4.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) is the result of an interruption of the local circulation and the injury of vascular supply of bone. Multiple factors have been implicated in the development of the disease. However the mechanism of ischemia and necrosis in non-traumatic ONFH is not clear. The aim of our investigation was to identify genes that are differently expressed in ONFH vs. non-ONFH human bone and to describe the relationships between these genes using multivariate data analysis. Six bone tissue samples from ONFH male patients and 8 bone tissue samples from non-ONFH men were examined. The expression differences of selected 117 genes were analyzed by TaqMan probe-based quantitative real-time RT-PCR system. The significance test indicated marked differences in the expression of nine genes between ONFH and non-ONFH individuals. These altered genes code for collagen molecules, an extracellular matrix digesting metalloproteinase, a transcription factor, an adhesion molecule, and a growth factor. Canonical variates analysis demonstrated that ONFH and non-ONFH bone tissues can be distinguished by the multiple expression profile analysis of numerous genes controlled via canonical TGFB pathway as well as genes coding for extracellular matrix composing collagen type molecules. The markedly altered gene expression profile observed in the ONFH of human bone tissue may provide further insight into the pathogenetic process of osteonecrotic degeneration of bone.
    Disease markers 01/2011; 31(1):25-32. · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The active metabolite of vitamin D apart from a crucial role in maintaining mineral homeostasis and skeletal functions, has antiproliferative, apoptosis and differentiation inducing as well as immunomodulatory effects in cancer. It is well known that with increasing sunshine exposure the incidence of breast, prostate and colorectal cancer is decreasing. A number of in vitro and in vivo experiments documented the effects of vitamin D in the inhibition of the tumorigenesis. In studying the role of vitamin D in cancer, it is imperative to examine the potential pathways that control local tissue levels of vitamin D. The enzyme 24-hydroxylase converts the active vitamin D to inactive metabolite. Extra-renal production of this enzyme is observed and has been increasingly recognized as present in cancer cells. This enzyme is rate limiting for the amount of local vitamin D in cancer tissues and elevated expression is associated with an adverse prognosis. 24-hydroxylase may be a predictive marker of vitamin D efficacy in patients with cancer as an adjunctive therapy. There are many vitamin D analogs with no pronounced hypercalcemizing effects. Some analogs are in phase 1 and 2 clinical test, and they might have a role in the therapy of several types of cancer. At present our main task is to make an effort to decrease the vitamin D deficiency in Hungary. Speer G. The D-day. The role of vitamin D in the prevention and the additional therapy of cancers.
    Magyar Onkológia 12/2010; 54(4):303-14.
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    ABSTRACT: Fibrous dysplasia is an isolated skeletal disorder caused by a somatic activating mutation of GNAS1 gene with abnormal unmineralized matrix overproduction and extensive undifferentiated bone cell accumulation in fibro-osseous lesions. The aim of the investigation was to identify genes that are differently expressed in fibrous vs. non-fibrous human bone and to describe the relationships between these genes using multivariate data analysis. Six bone tissue samples from fibrous dysplastic female patients and 7 bone tissue samples from non-fibrous dysplastic women were examined. The 6 female fibrous samples were taken from the fibrous dysplastic lesion itself while the control samples of 7 non-fibrous dysplastic females were taken from the femoral neck during the hip replacement procedure. The expression differences of selected 118 genes were analyzed in TaqMan probe based quantitative real-time RT-PCR system. The Mann-Whitney U test indicated significant differences in the expression of 27 genes of fibrous dysplasial and non fibrous dysplasial individuals (p≤0.05). Nine genes were significantly up-regulated in fibrous dysplasial women compared to non fibrous dysplasial ones and eighteen genes showed a down-regulated pattern. These significantly altered genes coding for minor collagen molecules, extracellular matrix digesting enzymes, transcription factors, adhesion molecules, growth factors, pro-inflammatory cytokines and lipid metabolism-affected substrates. Canonical variety analysis demonstrated that fibrous dysplastic and non fibrous dysplastic bone tissues can be distinguished by the multiple expression profile analysis of numerous genes controlled via a G-protein coupled pathway and BMP cascade as well as genes coding for extracellular matrix composing molecules. The significantly altered gene expression profile observed in the fibrous dysplastic human bone tissue may provide further insight into the pathogenetic process of fibrous degeneration of bone.
    Orvosi Hetilap 10/2010; 151(40):1656-65.
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    ABSTRACT: Fibrous dysplasia is an isolated skeletal disorder caused by a somatic activating mutation of GNAS gene with abnormal unmineralized matrix overproduction and extensive undifferentiated bone cell accumulation in the fibro-osseous lesions. The aim of our investigation was to identify genes that are differently expressed in fibrous versus non-fibrous human bone and to describe the relationships between these genes using multivariate data analysis. Six bone tissue samples from female patients with fibrous dysplastia (FD) and seven bone tissue samples from women without FD (non-FD) were examined. The expression differences of selected 118 genes were analyzed by the TaqMan probe-based quantitative real-time RT-PCR system. The Mann-Whitney U-test indicated marked differences in the expression of 22 genes between FD and non-FD individuals. Nine genes were upregulated in FD women compared to non-FD ones and 18 genes showed a downregulated pattern. These altered genes code for minor collagen molecules, extracellular matrix digesting enzymes, transcription factors, adhesion molecules, growth factors, pro-inflammatory cytokines, and lipid metabolism-affected substrates. Canonical variates analysis demonstrated that FD and non-FD bone tissues can be distinguished by the multiple expression profile analysis of numerous genes controlled via a G-protein coupled pathway and BMP cascade as well as genes coding for extracellular matrix composing molecules. The remarkable changed gene expression profile observed in the fibrous dysplastic human bone tissue may provide further insight into the pathogenetic process of fibrous degeneration of bone.
    American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 09/2010; 152A(9):2211-20. · 2.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Verner and Morrison described a syndrome of watery diarrhea, hypokalemia, and achlorhydria (WDHA) in 1958. VIPomas producing high amounts of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) commonly originate from the pancreas. Typical symptoms play a momentous role in the diagnosis of VIPoma. Diarrhea may persist for years before the diagnosis. Morbidity from untreated WDHA syndrome is associated with long-standing dehydration and with electrolyte and acid-base metabolism disorders, which may cause chronic renal failure. Assessment of specific marker (VIP) offers high sensitivity in establishing the diagnosis. Imaging modalities include endoscopic ultrasonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, and particularly, scintigraphy with somatostatin analogues. Treatment options include resection of the tumor, chemotherapy or the reduction of symptoms with somatostatin analogues. Early diagnosis and management may affect survival of patients favorably. VIPoma cases may be associated with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1.
    Orvosi Hetilap 07/2010; 151(27):1111-4.
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    ABSTRACT: 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 24-hydroxylase (CYP24A1), the catabolizing enzyme of the active vitamin D3, is often overexpressed in solid tumors. The unbalanced high levels of CYP24A1 seem to be a determinant of vitamin D resistance in tumors. Splice variants of CYP450 enzymes are common. Existence of CYP24A1 isoforms has been reported recently. We have investigated the presence of CYP24A1 splicing variants (SV) in human colon cancer cell lines and tissue samples. Using a set of primer combination we have screened the entire coding sequence of CYP24A1 and identified three splice variants in colon cancer cell lines. The presence of these SVs in human colon tissue samples showed a correlation with histological type of the tissue and gender of patients. The sequencing of the alternatively spliced fragments showed that two have lost the mitochondrial target domain, while the third lacks the heme-binding domain. All SVs retained their sterol binding domain. Translation of these variants would lead to a dysfunctional enzyme without catalytic activity that still binds its substrates therefore they might compete for substrate with the synthesizing and catabolizing enzymes of vitamin D.
    The Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology 07/2010; 121(1-2):76-9. · 3.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The main autocrine/paracrine role of the active metabolite of vitamin D(3), 1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) (1,25-D(3)), is inhibition of cell growth and induction of cell differentiation and/or apoptosis. Synthesis and degradation of the secosteroid occurs not only in the kidney but also in normal tissue or malignant extrarenal tissues such as the colon. Because 25-hydroxyvitamin D(3) 24-hydroxylase (CYP24A1) is considered to be the main enzyme determining the biological half-life of 1,25-D(3), we have examined expression of the CYP24A1 mRNA (by real-time RT-PCR) and protein (by immunohistochemistry) in normal human colon mucosa, colorectal adenomas, and adenocarcinomas in 111 patients. Although 76% of the normal and benign colonic tissue was either completely devoid of or expressed very low levels of CYP24A1, in the majority of the adenocarcinomas (69%), the enzyme was present at high concentrations. A parallel increased expression of the proliferation marker Ki-67 in the same samples suggests that overexpression of CYP24A1 reduced local 1,25-D(3) availability, decreasing its antiproliferative effect.
    Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry 11/2009; 58(3):277-85. · 2.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB ligand/osteoprotegerin (RANKL/OPG) signaling system plays a crucial role in the regulation of bone resorption. Polymorphic variations in the genes may have an influence on gene expression and bone metabolism. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the influence of RANKL/OPG allelic variations on the in vivo human gene expression of five genes, bone mineral density (BMD), and fracture incidence in Hungarian postmenopausal women. Three hundred and sixty postmenopausal women (61.6+/-7.9 years) were genotyped. All together, five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the two genes have been investigated. In addition, bone samples from 17 examined subjects were acquired for gene expression studies. Bone densities and fracture data have also been collected. All two SNPs in OPG gene and three SNPs in RANKL gene showed correlation with BMD. Haplotype analysis of these genes gave similar results. The 'CCT' haplotype of RANKL promoter region, which was associated with decreased BMD, exhibited a significantly upregulated expression of RANKL mRNA, while the other haplotypes of RANKL or OPG 15 genes did not. No correlation between genetic variations and fracture data was found. We have demonstrated associations between RANKL and OPG haplotypes and BMD as well as between RANKL haplotypes and in vivo RANKL expression in a Hungarian postmenopausal population. Moreover, we have found a new RANKL haplotype associating with reduced BMD and increased in vivo RANKL expression in human bone tissue.
    European Journal of Endocrinology 11/2009; 162(2):423-31. · 3.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It is generally accepted that the metabolic effects of leptin are diminished in the obese due to leptin resistance. Hormone resistance may develop if diurnal (including meal-related) changes in hormone levels are disrupted. We sought to describe leptin changes after a 75 g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) in women with a prior diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (a high risk group for the metabolic syndrome) compared to that in healthy controls. In 2000 a retrospective cohort study was performed on women who had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (WHO criteria 1985, n = 57) between 1996 and 1998 and on a healthy control female group (n = 36) all of whom had had a prior pregnancy without any diagnosis of diabetes. All the women underwent a standard 75 g OGTT. Serum leptin was measured by radioimmunoassay before and 90 min after the OGTT. Using multilevel models of change, fasting leptin levels were shown to be associated with body mass index; 10.1% (95% CI 8.1-12.1%) increase per 1 kg/m(2) increase in body mass index), homeostasis model assessment insulin sensitivity; 0.4% (95% CI 0.2-0.7%) decrease per 1% increase in insulin sensitivity); abnormal glucose tolerance (24% decrease, 95% CI 8-37%); and smoking (31% decrease, 95% CI 16-44%). Postload (90 min) leptin levels decreased significantly in women with normal glucose tolerance by 13% (95% CI 8-18%), while no significant change in postload leptin level was apparent in women with abnormal glucose tolerance (3% increase, 95% CI -4% to 29%). Disturbed leptin changes were found following an OGTT in women with abnormal glucose tolerance that might be either a cause or a consequence of leptin resistance.
    Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews 09/2009; 25(7):632-8. · 2.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: The molecular and cellular interactions between the immune system and bone tissue have been established. Sex hormone deficiency after menopause has multifunctional role by influencing growth, differentiation, and metabolism of the skeletal and the immune system. DISCUSSION: We have used nonparametric and multidimensional expression pattern analyses to determine significantly changed mRNA profile of immune system-associated genes in postmenopausal (POST) and premenopausal (PRE) nonosteoporotic bone. Ten bone tissue samples from POST patients and six bone tissue samples from PRE women were examined in our study. The transcription differences of the selected 50 genes were analyzed in TaqMan probe-based quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction system. Mann-Whitney test indicated significantly downregulated transcription activity of three genes (CD14, HLA-A/MHCI, ITGAM/CD11b) and upregulated expression of six genes (C3, CD86/B7-2, IL-10, IL-6, TGFB3, TNFSF11/RANKL) in postmenopausal bone. According to the canonical variate analysis results, the groups of POST and PRE women are separable by genes coding for cytokines, costimulator molecules, and cell surface receptors involved in antigen presentation and T cell stimulation processes which have high discriminatory power. Based on a complex gene expression pattern analysis of human bone tissue, we could distinguish POST and PRE states from an immunological aspect. Our data might provide further insight into the changes of the intersystem crosstalk between immune and skeletal homeostasis, as well as local immune response in the altered microenvironment of postmenopausal bone.
    Journal of Clinical Immunology 09/2009; 29(6):761-8. · 3.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The functional interaction between the immune system and bone metabolism has been established at both molecular and cellular levels. We have used non-parametric and multidimensional expression pattern analyses to determine significantly changed mRNA profile of immune system-associated genes in postmenopausal osteoporotic (OP) vs. non-osteoporotic (NOP) bone tissue. Seven bone tissue samples from OP patients and ten bone tissue samples from NOP women were examined in our study. The transcription differences of selected 44 genes were analyzed in Taqman probe-based quantitative real-time RT-PCR system. Mann-Whitney test indicated significantly down-regulated transcription activity of 3 genes (FCGR2A, NFKB1 and SCARA3) in OP bone tissue which have prominent role in (antibody) clearance, phagocytosis, pathogen recognition and inflammatory response. According to the canonical variates analysis results, the groups of postmenopausal OP and NOP women are separable by genes coding for cytokines, co-stimulators and cell surface receptors affected in innate immunity which have high discriminatory power. Based on the complex gene expression patterns in human bone cells, we could distinguish OP and NOP states from an immunological aspect. Our data may provide further insights into the changes of the intersystem crosstalk between the immune and skeletal systems, as well as into the local immune response in the altered microenvironment of OP bone.
    Clinical Immunology 03/2009; 131(2):354-9. · 3.77 Impact Factor
  • Diabetes care 02/2009; 32(1):e5. · 7.74 Impact Factor

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848 Citations
171.45 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 1999–2013
    • Semmelweis University
      • First Department of Internal Medicine
      Budapeŝto, Budapest, Hungary
    • Universitätsklinikum Erlangen
      Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany
  • 2004
    • National Institute Of Rheumatology And Physiotherapy
      Budapeŝto, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1999–2000
    • St. John Hospital, Budapest
      Budapeŝto, Budapest, Hungary