Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms <p>The Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences (BJBMS) is an international, English-language, peer-reviewed journal, publishing articles in different disciplines of basic medical sciences. BJBMS welcomes original research and comprehensive reviews as well as short research communications in the field of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences, physiology and translational research.</p> Association of Basic Medical Sciences of FBIH en-US Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 1512-8601 <p>© Association of Basic Medical Sciences of FBIH.</p> Characteristics and prognostic factors of age-stratified high-grade intracranial glioma patients: A population-based analysis https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/4213 <p>We evaluated characteristics and different prognostic factors for survival in age-stratified high-grade glioma in a US cohort. Eligible patients were identified in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registries and stratified into 3 age groups: 20-39 years old (1,043 patients), 40-59 years old (4,503 patients), and &gt;60 years old (5,045 patients). Overall and cancer-related survival data were obtained. Cox models were built to analyze the outcomes and risk factors. It showed that race was a prognostic factor for survival in patients 40 to 59 years old and in patients ≥60 years old. Partial resection was associated with lower overall survival and cause-specific survival in all age groups (overall survival: 20-39 yr: HR=6.41; 40-59 yr: HR=4.84; &gt;60 yr: HR=5.06; cause-specific survival: 20-39 yr: HR=5.87; 40-59 yr: HR=4.01; &gt;60 yr: HR=3.36). The study highlights that, while some prognostic factors are universal, others are age-dependent. The effectiveness of treatment approaches differs for patients in different age groups. Results of this study may help to develop personalized treatment protocols for glioma patients of different ages.</p> Yun Sun Zhi-yong Xiong Peng-fei Yan Liang-lei Jiang Chuan-sheng Nie Xuan Wang Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-30 2019-05-30 19 2 10.17305/bjbms.2019.4213 Role of FBXW7 in the quiescence of gefitinib-resistant lung cancer stem cells in EGFR-mutant non-small cell lung cancer https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/4227 <p>Several recent studies suggest that cancer stem cells (CSCs) are involved in intrinsic resistance to cancer treatment. Maintenance of quiescence is crucial for establishing resistance of CSCs to cancer therapeutics. F-box/WD repeat-containing protein 7 (FBXW7) is a ubiquitin ligase that regulates quiescence by targeting the c-MYC protein for ubiquitination. We previously reported that gefitinib-resistant persisters (GRPs) in <em>EGFR</em>-mutant non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells highly expressed octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (Oct-4) as well as the lung CSC marker CD133, and they exhibited distinctive features of the CSC phenotype. However, the role of FBXW7 in lung CSCs and their resistance to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-tyrosine kinase inhibitors in NSCLC is not fully understood. In this study, we developed GRPs from the two NSCLC cell lines PC9 and HCC827, which express an <em>EGFR</em> exon 19 deletion mutation, by treatment with a high concentration of gefitinib. The GRPs from both PC9 and HCC827 cells expressed high levels of CD133 and FBXW7, but low levels of c-MYC. Cell cycle analysis demonstrated that the majority of GRPs existed in the G0/G1 phase. Knockdown of the <em>FBXW7</em> gene significantly reduced the cell number of CD133-positive GRPs and reversed the cell population in the G0/G1-phase. We also found that FBXW7 expression in CD133-positive cells was increased and c-MYC expression was decreased in gefitinib-resistant tumors of PC9 cells in mice and in 9 out of 14 tumor specimens from <em>EGFR</em>-mutant NSCLC patients with acquired resistance to gefitinib. These findings suggest that FBXW7 plays a pivotal role in the maintenance of quiescence in gefitinib-resistant lung CSCs in <em>EGFR </em>mutation-positive NSCLC.</p> Moulid Hidayat Yoichiro Mitsuishi Fumiyuki Takahashi Ken Tajima Toshifumi Yae Katsumi Miyahara Daisuke Hayakawa Wira Winardi Hiroaki Ihara Yoshika Koinuma Aditya Wirawan Fariz Nurwidya Motoyasu Kato Isao Kobayashi Shinichi Sasaki Kazuya Takamochi Takuo Hayashi Yoshiyuki Suehara Mariko Moriyama Hiroyuki Moriyama Sonoko Habu Kazuhisa Takahashi Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-28 2019-05-28 19 2 10.17305/bjbms.2019.4227 PCAT1 is a poor prognostic factor in endometrial carcinoma and associated with cancer cell proliferation, migration and invasion https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/4096 <p>Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as important modulators of cancer progression, among which prostate cancer-associated transcript 1 (PCAT1) has been shown to be an oncogene in several tumors. However, the clinical significance and biological function of PCAT1 in endometrial carcinoma (EC) remain unclear. In this study, we used 89 EC tissues and HEC-1B, Ishikawa, RL95-2 and AN3CA EC cell lines. We found elevated expression levels of PCAT1 in EC tissues and cell lines using reverse transcription qPCR (RT-qPCR). The prognostic value of PCAT1 was determined using Kaplan–Meier survival and Cox regression analysis. The results showed that higher PCAT1 expression was positively correlated with FIGO stage, myometrial invasion, lymph node metastasis, and a shorter overall survival. A series of functional assays showed that the knockdown of PCAT1 by small interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting PCAT1 (siPCAT1) suppressed cell proliferation, migration and invasion, but promoted apoptosis. Western blot analysis further showed that B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), vimentin and N-cadherin were downregulated, but E-cadherin and Bcl-2-associated death promoter (Bad) were upregulated in PCAT1-silenced EC cells. Taken together, our results underscore the oncogenic role of PCAT1 in EC and show that PCAT1 may be a potential therapeutic target in EC treatment.</p> Xiaohuan Zhao Yali Fan Changqiong Lu Hongfang Li Ning Zhou Gaogao Sun Hong Fan Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 10.17305/bjbms.2019.4096 Prediction of breast cancer metastasis risk using circulating tumor markers: A follow-up study https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/3371 <p>Distant organ tumor dissemination is a major cause of breast cancer-related deaths. In 2010, we analyzed the prognostic importance of the circulating tumor markers (CTMs) cytokeratin 19 (CK19), CK20, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) in relation to the clinical and pathological characteristics of patients with breast cancer (BC). To assess the clinical utility of CK19, CK20 and EGFR in predicting distant metastasis in BC, here we report 7-year follow-up results of 77 patients. The patients with at least one positive CTM were classified as CTM(+) and those negative for all CTMs were assigned to CTM(-) group. In patients who received no treatment following CTM analysis, 25.0% had metastasis in CTM(+) and 10.0% in CTM(-) group. In patients who received one of the following therapies: chemotherapy, radiotherapy or hormone therapy, or the combinations of these therapies, the rate of metastasis was 33.3% in CTM(+) and 20.0% in CTM(-) group. Disease-free time was shorter in CTM(+) patients compared to CTM(-) group (28.83 ± 10.76 and 41.38 ± 9.5 months, respectively). According to multivariate Cox proportional hazard regression analysis, the presence of regional lymph node metastasis, Ki-67 expression, higher tumor grade and CTM expression status were predictors of poor prognosis associated with distant metastasis (<em>p</em> &lt; 0.05). Also, CTM positivity was a factor associated with metastasis-related poor prognosis (HR = 0.492, <em>p</em> = 0.026). The mean survival for CTM(+) patients was shorter than that for CTM(-) patients (90.671 ± 2.66 and 101.23 ± 3.92 months, respectively; <em>p</em> &gt; 0.05). Our findings demonstrate that CTM positivity may indicate a high metastasis risk; however, CTM negativity does not guarantee low metastasis risk. These results may encourage further preclinical investigation of CTMs, to evaluate the possible implications of these findings to the clinical setting.</p> Sibel Cetintas Gulcin Tezcan Berrin Tunca Unal Egeli Mustafa Sehsuvar Gokgoz Gulsah Cecener Copyright (c) 2018 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 172 179 10.17305/bjbms.2018.3371 Feasibility and accuracy of a voxel-based neuronavigation system with 3D image rendering in preoperative planning and as a learning tool for young neurosurgeons, exemplified by the anatomical localization of the superior sagittal sinus https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/3815 <p>It is essential for a neurosurgeon to know individual anatomy and the corresponding anatomical landmarks before starting a surgery. Continuous training, especially of young neurosurgeons, is crucial for understanding complex neuroanatomy. In this study, we used a neuronavigation system with 3D volumetric image rendering to determine the anatomical relationship between the sagittal suture and the superior sagittal sinus (SSS) in patients with intracranial lesions. Furthermore, we discussed the applicability of such system in preoperative planning, residency training, and research. The study included 30 adult patients (18 female/12 male) who underwent a cranial computed tomography (CT) scan combined with venous angiography, for preoperative planning. The position of the sagittal suture in relation to the SSS was assessed in 3D CT images using an image guidance system (IGS) with 3D volumetric image rendering. Measurements were performed along the course of the sagittal sinus at the bregma, lambda, and in the middle between these two points. The SSS deviated to the right side of the sagittal suture in 50% of cases at the bregma, and in 46.7% at the midpoint and lambda. The SSS was displaced to the left of the sagittal suture in 10% of cases at the bregma and lambda and in 13% at the midpoint. IGSs with 3D volumetric image rendering enable simultaneous visualization of bony surfaces, soft tissue and vascular structures and interactive modulation of tissue transparency. They can be used in preoperative planning and intraoperative guidance to validate external landmarks and to determine anatomical relationships. In addition, 3D IGSs can be utilized for training of surgical residents and for research in anatomy.</p> Guenther C. Feigl Firas Thaher Sören Danz Marcos Tatagiba Anne K. Hickmann Antje Fahrig Tomaz Velnar Marcel Kullmann Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 180 185 10.17305/bjbms.2019.3815 An exceptional group of non-small cell lung cancer difficult to diagnose: Evaluation of lipid-poor adrenal lesions https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/3837 <p>In some non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, lipid-poor adrenal adenomas cannot be adequately differentiated from metastases using imaging methods. Invasive diagnostic procedures also have a low negative predictive value (NPV) in such cases. The current study aims to establish a specific and clinically practical metabolic parameter for lipid-poor adrenal lesions (ALs) in NSCLC patients. This diagnostic approach may prevent unnecessary abdominal enhanced computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging, or invasive diagnostic procedures. Sixty-four NSCLC patients with 69 lipid-poor ALs and 28 control patients with 30 benign lipid-poor ALs, who underwent FDG-PET/CT, were retrospectively reviewed. Two morphological and four metabolic parameters were analyzed in FDG-PET/CT images of NSCLC and control patients. Baseline and post-chemotherapy images of 64 NSCLC patients were re-evaluated according to the PERCIST 1.0. In cases where ALs could not be differentiated, follow-up FDG-PET/CT images were re-examined. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve method was used for the evaluation of diagnostic parameters. Out of 69 ALs, 39 were determined as metastatic lesions (adrenal metastasis), while 30 lesions were considered non-metastatic (adrenal adenomas). The mean attenuation value, SUVmax AL/SUVmax primary tumor, SUVmax, SUVmax AL/liver, and SUVmax AL/SUVmean liver were significantly different between metastatic and benign ALs from NSCLC patients. The SUVmax AL/SUVmean liver ≥1.81 had the best positive (PPV, 94.3%) and negative (NPV, 82.4%) predictive values, and the highest specificity (93.3%), sensitivity (84.6%) and accuracy (86.9%). Lipid-poor ALs with SUVmax AL/SUVmean liver ≥1.81 can be accepted as malignant in NSCLC. However, if SUVmax AL/SUVmean liver is &lt;1.81, a pathologic examination is required. Utilizing this cut-off value to decide on adrenal core biopsy may prevent its unnecessary use. Moreover, this diagnostic approach can save time and reduce the healthcare costs.</p> Fikri Selcuk Simsek Muhammet Arslan Yusuf Dag Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 195 200 10.17305/bjbms.2019.3837 Outcomes and prognostic factors for patients with cervical esophageal cancer undergoing definitive radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/3873 <p>Cervical esophageal cancer (CEC) is uncommon, accounting for less than 5% of all esophageal cancers. The management of CEC is controversial. This study investigated treatment outcomes and prognostic factors of survival in CEC patients undergoing definitive radiotherapy or concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT). Ninety-one CEC patients were treated by intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT) between July 2007 and September 2017. The mean prescription dose was 64 Gy (range 54-70 Gy) delivered as 1.8-2.2 Gy per fraction per day, 5 days a week. Out of 91 patients, 34 received concurrent cisplatin-based chemotherapy (CT) including 18 patients who also received neoadjuvant CT. Overall survival (OS), locoregional failure-free survival (LRFFS), and progression-free survival (PFS) were estimated by the Kaplan–Meier method. Prognostic factors of survival were determined in univariate (log-rank test) and multivariate (Cox proportional hazard model) analysis. Treatment-related toxicity was also assessed. Median follow-up time for all patients was 19 months. Two-year OS, LRFFS and PFS of all patients were 58.2%, 52.5% and 48.1%, respectively. Clinical stage was an independent prognostic factor for OS (HR = 2.35, 95% CI: 1.03-5.37, <em>p</em> = 0.042), LRFFS (HR = 3.84, 95% CI: 1.38-10.69, <em>p</em> = 0.011), and PFS (HR = 2.68, 95% CI: 1.11-6.45, <em>p</em> = 0.028). Hoarseness was an independent prognostic factor for OS (HR = 2.10, 95% CI: 1.05-4.19, <em>p</em> = 0.036). CCRT was independently associated with better LRFFS (HR = 0.33, 95% CI: 0.14-0.79, <em>p</em> = 0.012). 3DCRT and IMRT with concurrent CT is well-tolerated and may improve local tumor control in CEC patients. Advanced clinical stage and hoarseness are adverse prognostic factors for OS, LRFFS, and PFS in CEC.</p> Xin-xin Du Rong Yu Zhen-fei Wang De-cheng Du Qiao-yun Liu Run-mei Wang Shi-rong Kang Hao Yang Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 186 194 10.17305/bjbms.2019.3873 Downregulation of TSPAN13 by miR-369-3p inhibits cell proliferation in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/2865 <p align="left">Previous studies demonstrated dysregulation of different microRNAs in thyroid cancer. Tetraspanins (TSPANs) are cell surface proteins with critical roles in many cellular processes, and implications in tumor development. Here we investigated the role of miR-369-3p in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and its association with TSPAN13. miR-369-3p and the <em>TSPAN13</em> gene expression profiles of 513 thyroid cancer and 59 normal thyroid tissues were downloaded from the Cancer Genome Atlas database. Thyroid cancer tissues were classified according to the histological type, grouped based on low and high median miR-369-3p and <em>TSPAN13</em> expression, and analyzed in relation to overall survival (OS) of patients. Human PTC cell lines (TPC-1 and GLAG-66) and human embryonic kidney 293T (HEK293T) cells were used for <em>in vitro</em> analysis. Transfection experiments were performed with synthetic miRNA mimics for miR-369-3p and small interfering RNAs for <em>TSPAN13</em>. Relative expression of miR-369-3p and<em> TSPAN13</em> mRNA was determined by RT-qPCR. Protein levels of TSPAN13 were determined by western blotting. Cell proliferation (CCK-8 assay), colony formation, and apoptosis (flow cytometry) were analyzed in transfected cells. Binding sites of miR-369-3p in <em>TSPAN13</em> mRNA were determined by bioinformatics analysis and dual luciferase reporter assay. miR-369-3p was downregulated and <em>TSPAN13</em> upregulated in PTC, follicular thyroid cancer, and tall cell variant tissues. Both low expression of miR-369-3p and high expression of <em>TSPAN13</em> were associated with shorter OS in thyroid cancer patients. Overexpression of miR-369-3p significantly suppressed proliferation and promoted apoptosis in PTC cells. <em>TSPAN13</em> was a direct target of miR-369-3p, and silencing of <em>TSPAN13</em> phenocopied the effect of miR-369-3p mimics in PTC cells. Overall, the downregulation of miR-369-3p and consequent upregulation of its target <em>TSPAN13</em> appear to be involved in pathophysiology of PTC.</p> Peng Li Mingqiang Dong Zhigang Wang Copyright (c) 2018 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 146 154 10.17305/bjbms.2018.2865 CircRNA_014511 affects the radiosensitivity of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells by binding to miR-29b-2-5p https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/3935 <p>Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is commonly used in patients with certain hematological or bone marrow tumors. Total body irradiation combined with chemotherapy is part of the preconditioning protocol that was the most commonly used before hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. However, total body irradiation preconditioning damages other normal cells in bone marrow. Therefore, exploring the mechanism of radiation resistance in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells is of great significance for recovering the hematopoietic function after cell transplantation. This study aimed to demonstrate the miR-29b adsorption of circRNA_014511 and explore the effect of circRNA_014511 on radiosensitivity of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. In this study, circRNA_014511 overexpression vector was constructed and transfected into bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells, miR-29b-2-5p and P53 were found to be decreased, which could be reversed by miR29b-mimics. Dual luciferase reporter assay confirmed the binding of circRNA_014511 and mmu-miR-29b-2-5p. Flow cytometry analysis showed the apoptosis rate of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells overexpressing circRNA_014511 was significantly decreased. In the circRNA_014511 transfection group, after cells were subjected to 6Gy irradiation, G2 phase arrest appeared, the expression of P21 and GADD45A was significantly decreased, and cyclin B1 was significantly increased. Colony formation assay showed the survival fraction of circRNA_014511 overexpression cells after irradiation was significantly higher than control group, and the radiosensitivity was decreased. In conclusion,our findings demonstrated that circRNA_014511 could inhibit the expression of P53 by binding miR-29b-2-5p, and decrease the radiosensitivity of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells by affecting cell cycle and cell apoptosis.</p> Yanjie Wang Junhua Zhang Jian Li Rong Gui Xinmin Nie Rong Huang Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 155 163 10.17305/bjbms.2019.3935 Upregulated expression of MNX1-AS1 long noncoding RNA predicts poor prognosis in gastric cancer https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/3713 <p>As important regulators of gene expression long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are implicated in various physiological and pathological processes, including cancer. An oncogenic role of MNX1 antisense RNA 1 (MNX1-AS1) lncRNA has been suggested in cervical cancer and glioblastoma. In this study, we investigated the clinicopathological significance and biological function of MNX1-AS1 in gastric cancer (GC). The expression of MNX1-AS1 was analyzed by qRT-PCR in 96 GC and adjacent non-tumor tissues in relation to clinicopathological features and overall survival (OS) of patients, and in five human GC cell lines compared to a normal gastric epithelial cell line. Loss-of-function experiments using small interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting MNX1-AS1 (si-MNX1-AS1) were carried out in AGS and MGC-803 GC cell lines. Cell proliferation (CCK-8 assay), migration (Transwell) and invasion (Transwell Matrigel), and protein expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), E-cadherin, N-cadherin, vimentin and matrix metallopeptidase 9 (MMP-9) were analyzed in transfected GC cells. Expression of MNX1-AS1 was significantly higher in GC vs. adjacent non-tumor tissues. Higher MNX1-AS1 expression was significantly associated with tumor size, TNM stage and lymph node metastasis. Kaplan–Meier analysis showed that GC patients with higher MNX1-AS1 expression had worse OS compared to patients with lower MNX1-AS1 expression. Multivariate analysis showed that MNX1-AS1 is an independent poor prognostic factor in GC. Knockdown of MNX1-AS1 significantly inhibited proliferation, migration and invasion of AGS and MGC-803 cells, and resulted in increased E-cadherin and decreased PCNA, N-cadherin, vimentin and MMP-9 expression. Taken together, these results suggest that MNX1-AS1 has an oncogenic function in GC and potential as a molecular target in GC therapy.</p> Wei Zhang Lunhua Huang Xinyang Lu Kecheng Wang Xiaofei Ning Zhiqiang Liu Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 164 171 10.17305/bjbms.2019.3713 Histological and biochemical effects of Cinnamomum cassia nanoparticles in kidneys of diabetic Sprague-Dawley rats https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/3481 <p>This study investigated the antidiabetic activity of<em> Cinnamomum cassia</em> (<em>C. cassia</em>, Cc) silver nanoparticles (CcAgNPS) and effects of <em>C. cassia</em> on the kidneys of rats with induced type 2 diabetes. Twenty-four Sprague-Dawley rats weighing 250 ± 20 g were induced with diabetes by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin (STZ, 60 mg/kg). Animals were randomly assigned to one of four groups (n = 6) and treated for eight weeks with normal saline (control, group A), 5 mg/kg of CcAgNPs (group B), 10 mg/kg of CcAgNPs (group C), or 200 mg/kg of Cc (group D). Body weight and fasting blood glucose (FBG) was measured weekly and fortnightly, respectively. At the end of experiments animals were euthanized, blood and kidney tissue samples were collected for biochemistry (oxidative stress markers and renal function parameters) and kidneys were harvested for histology (PAS and H&amp;E staining). Body weight was significantly higher in group B and C vs. control (<em>p</em> &lt; 0.05), while no significant differences were observed in the kidney-to-body weight ratio between groups. FBG, glutathione, malondialdehyde, alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, serum urea and creatinine were significantly lower in group B, C and/or D vs. control (all <em>p</em> &lt; 0.05). In group A, severe distortion of the glomerular network was observed, marked by the loss of capsular integrity, thickened basement membrane, tubular cells with pyknotic nuclei, vacuolization, and interstitial space with infiltrations. These adverse effects were mitigated by 5 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg of CcAgNPs. Our study confirms structural and functional damage to kidneys caused by diabetes. CcAgNPs have a regenerative potential in diabetes-induced kidney damage and may be used as an antidiabetic agent.</p> Koffi Kouame Aniekan Imo Peter Edidiong Nnamso Akang Roshila Moodley Edwin Coleridge Naidu Onyemaechi Okpara Azu Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 138 145 10.17305/bjbms.2019.3481 Acute phenibut withdrawal: A comprehensive literature review and illustrative case report https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/4008 <p>Phenibut is a glutamic acid derivative with activity on the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)B, A, and B-phenethylamine receptors. It is prescribed in former Communist Bloc countries for anxiolysis and related psychiatric disorders. It can be easily obtained in Western countries and is thought to have abuse potential. Abrupt discontinuation has been reported to precipitate an abstinence syndrome. A review of the literature identified 22 reported cases, many of which were notable for severe psychomotor agitation and requirements for aggressive pharmacologic treatment. Neurologic and autonomic signs and symptoms may mimic serotonin or neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Patients were typically younger and had coexisting substance abuse disorders to other drugs. Also presented is a case of a 23-year-old male with an acute phenibut abstinence syndrome. This patient exhibited severe psychomotor agitation requiring physical restraints, dexmedetomidine, lorazepam, haloperidol, diphenhydramine, cyproheptadine, melatonin, olanzapine, and baclofen for symptom control.</p> Matthew I. Hardman Juraj Sprung Toby N. Weingarten Copyright (c) 2018 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 125 129 10.17305/bjbms.2018.4008 Genetic secrets of long-term glioblastoma survivors https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/3717 <p>Glioblastomas are the most aggressive and lethal primary astrocytic tumors of the central nervous system. They account for 60% to 70% of all gliomas and the majority are diagnosed in Caucasian male patients at advanced age. Genetic analyses of glioblastoma show a great intra- and inter-tumor heterogeneity, which opens up a debate about its cellular origin. Different types of brain cells, including astrocytes, neural stem cells, oligodendrocyte precursor cells and glioblastoma stem cells are proposed to have a role in tumor initiation and spreading; however, data is still inconclusive. Due to short life expectancy, long-term glioblastoma survivors are defined as patients who live longer than two years post-diagnosis. Extreme survivors, living 10 years or more after diagnosis, comprise less than 1% of all patients. Molecular testing indicates genetic differences between short- and long-term survivors with glioblastoma. The most informative are <em>IDH1/2</em> gene mutations and <em>MGMT</em> promoter methylation, which are associated with a better response to standard clinical care. Moreover, a decreased expression of the <em>CHI3L1</em>,<em> FBLN4</em>, <em>EMP3</em>, <em>IGFBP2</em>, <em>IGFBP3</em>, <em>LGALS3</em>, <em>MAOB</em>, <em>PDPN</em>, <em>SERPING1</em> and <em>TIMP1 </em>genes has been associated with prolonged survival. In addition, emerging evidence suggests the role of different microRNAs in predicting patient survival. Other factors that may affect the survival of glioblastoma patients include clinical/demographic characteristics such as seizures at presentation, age at diagnosis, and the extent of surgical resection. Because of the small number of long-term survivors with glioblastoma, comparative studies on genetic differences between short- and long-term survivors are challenging. To improve patient management and clinical outcomes, a thorough “omics” approach is necessary for identifying differences between short- and long-term survivors with glioblastoma.</p> Ivana Jovčevska Copyright (c) 2018 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 116 124 10.17305/bjbms.2018.3717 Intervertebral disc tissue engineering: A brief review https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/3778 <p>Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration (IDD) is associated with low back pain and significantly affects the patient’s quality of life. Degeneration of the IVD alters disk height and the mechanics of the spine, leading to chronic segmental spinal instability. The pathophysiology of IVD disease is still not well understood. Current therapies for IDD include conservative and invasive approaches, but none of those treatments are able to restore the disc structure and function. Recently, tissue engineering techniques emerged as a possible approach to treat IDD, by replacing a damaged IVD with scaffolds and appropriate cells. Advances in manufacturing techniques, material processing and development, surface functionalization, drug delivery systems and cell incorporation furthered the development of tissue engineering therapies. In this review, biomaterial scaffolds and cell-based therapies for IVD regeneration are briefly discussed.</p> Janja Stergar Lidija Gradisnik Tomaz Velnar Uros Maver Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 130 137 10.17305/bjbms.2019.3778 Enhancement of bone consolidation using high-frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields (HF-PEMFs): An experimental study on rats https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/3854 <p><em>In vitro</em> studies showed that high-frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields (HF-PEMFs) increase the activity/expression of early and late osteogenic markers and enhance bone mineralization. The main aim of this study was to investigate the <em>in vivo</em> effects of HF-PEMFs on fracture healing using a rat model. A femur fracture was established by surgery in 20 male Wistar rats. Titanium nails were implanted to reduce and stabilize the fracture. After surgery, 20 rats were equally divided into untreated control and treated group (from the first postoperative day HF-PEMFs at 400 pulses/sec [pps] were applied for 10 minutes/day, for two weeks). Quantitative and qualitative assessment of bone formation was made at two and eight weeks following surgery and included morphological and histological analysis, serological analysis by ELISA, micro-computed tomography (micro-CT), and three-point bending test. At two weeks in HF-PEMF group, soft callus was at a more advanced fibrocartilaginous stage and the bone volume/total tissue volume (BV/TV) ratio in the callus area was significantly higher compared to control group (<em>p</em> = 0.047). Serum concentration of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and osteocalcin (OC) was significantly higher in HF-PEMF group (ALP <em>p</em> = 0.026, OC <em>p</em> = 0.006) as well as the mechanical strength of femurs (<em>p</em> = 0.03). At eight weeks, femurs from HF-PEMF group had a completely formed woven bone with dense trabeculae, active bone marrow, and had a significantly higher BV/TV ratio compared to control (<em>p</em> = 0.01). HF-PEMFs applied from the first postoperative day, 10 minutes/day for two weeks, enhance bone consolidation in rats, especially in the early phase of fracture healing.</p> Daniel Oltean-Dan Gabriela Bombonica Dogaru Dragos Apostu Alexandru Mester Horea Rares Ciprian Benea Mihai Gheorghe Paiusan Catalin Ovidiu Popa Elena Mihaela Jianu Gyorgy Istvan Bodizs Cristian Berce Alina Mihaela Toader Gheorghe Tomoaia Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-20 2019-05-20 19 2 201 209 10.17305/bjbms.2019.3854 Effects of TCF7L2 rs7903146 variant on metformin response in patients with type 2 diabetes https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/4181 <p>The response to metformin, the most commonly used drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2D), is highly variable. The common variant rs7903146 C&gt;T within the transcription factor 7 like 2 gene (TCF7L2) is the strongest genetic risk factor associated with T2D to date. In this study we explored the effects of TCF7L2 rs7903146 genotype on metformin response in T2D. The study included 86 newly diagnosed patients with T2D, incident users of metformin. Levels of fasting glucose, insulin, HbA1c, total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, and anthropometric parameters were measured prior to metformin therapy, and 6 and 12 months after the treatment. Genotyping of TCF7L2 rs7903146 was performed by the Sequenom MassARRAY® iPLEX® platform. At baseline, the diabetes risk allele (T) showed an association with lower triglyceride levels (p = 0.037). After 12 months of metformin treatment, the T allele was associated with 25.9% lower fasting insulin levels (95% CI 10.9-38.3%, p = 0.002) and 29.1% lower HOMA-IR index (95% CI 10.1-44.1%, p = 0.005), after adjustment for baseline values. Moreover, the T allele was associated with 6.7% lower fasting glucose levels (95% CI 1.1-12.0%, p = 0.021), adjusted for baseline glucose and baseline HOMA-%B levels, after 6 months of metformin treatment. This effect was more pronounced in TT carriers who had 16.8% lower fasting glucose levels (95% CI 7.0-25.6%, p = 0.002) compared to the patients with CC genotype. Our results suggest that TCF7L2 rs7903146 variant affects markers of insulin resistance and glycemic response to metformin in newly diagnosed patients with T2D within the first year of metformin treatment.</p> Tanja Dujic Tamer Bego Maja Malenica Zelija Velija-Asimi Emma Ahlqvist Leif Groop Ewan R. Pearson Adlija Causevic Sabina Semiz Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-09 2019-05-09 19 2 10.17305/bjbms.2019.4181 The 2019 measles epidemic in Bosnia and Herzegovina: What is wrong with the mandatory vaccination program? https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/4266 <p>Measles are a highly contagious and communicable viral disease which may be prevented by a sustained vaccination program. Due to missed vaccination, two major epidemics of measles (1997–1999 and 2014–2015) have been recorded after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH) with over 10,000 patients registered. According to the World Health Organization, BH is categorized as a country with endemic transmission of measles. The last measles epidemic was between 2014 and 2015, with 5,083 documented patients in the Federation of BH. In the first four months of 2019, more than 700 measles cases were registered in the same region. Significant transmission rate has been observed in Sarajevo Canton (SC) with 570 documented measles cases. Out of 570 measles cases in SC, 92.5% were unvaccinated. The most affected were children up to 6 years of age (62.8%), with one documented case of death (7-month old infant). In addition to this report, we discussed key stakeholders and possible circumstances responsible for the epidemic. The measles epidemic is still ongoing.</p> Jurica Arapović Željana Sulaver Borko Rajič Aida Pilav Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-05-08 2019-05-08 19 2 10.17305/bjbms.2019.4266 Association of serum chemerin and inflammatory factors with type 2 diabetes macroangiopathy and waist-to-stature ratio https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/4002 <p>Chemerin is an adipocytokine that participates in glycolipid metabolism; however, its association with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) with lower extremity macroangiopathy (T2DM-V) has rarely been reported. This study explored the association of chemerin and inflammatory factors with body fat parameters, glucolipid metabolism, and insulin resistance (IR) in T2DM and T2DM-V. Patients were classified into normal glucose regulation (NGR), T2DM, and T2DM-V groups. Serum chemerin, glucolipid metabolic parameters, transforming growth factor (TGF)-β, interleukin (IL)-6, monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1 and fasting insulin levels were measured along with HOMA-IR, body mass index (BMI), and waist-to-stature ratio (WSR). Serum chemerin, TGF-β, IL-6 and MCP-1 levels were significantly higher in T2DM groups than in NGR group, and BMI, WSR, fasting plasma glucose (FPG), 2hPG, glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), triglycerides (TG) and HOMA-IR were higher in T2DM-V subgroups with moderate or severe lower extremity macroangiopathy than in NGR group, simple T2DM group, and T2DM-V subgroup with mild macroangiopathy. FPG, 2hPG, HbA1c, TG and HOMA-IR were higher in T2DM-V subgroup with severe macroangiopathy than in T2DM-V with moderate macroangiopathy (<em>p</em> &lt; 0.05). In all groups, serum chemerin levels were positively correlated with BMI, WSR, FPG, 2hPG, HbA1c, fasting insulin, aspartate transaminase, TG, TGF-β, IL-6 and HOMA-IR (<em>p </em>&lt; 0.05) and negatively correlated with high-density lipoprotein cholesterol [HDL-c] (<em>p</em> &lt; 0.05). Multiple stepwise regression analysis showed that 2hPG, HbA1c, and HDL-c were independent predictors of serum chemerin levels (β = -0.768, -0.122, -0.115, and 3.261, respectively; <em>p</em> &lt; 0.01). Collectively, chemerin, factors associated with obesity, pathological and physiological changes in glucolipid metabolism, and inflammatory factors may promote the development of T2DM macroangiopathy.</p> Mengxue Yang Xue Zhou Jie Xu Bo Yang Jie Yu Qihai Gong Xuan Zhang Xiaohua Sun Qun Zhang Jinying Xia Jianhui Li Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-04-29 2019-04-29 19 2 10.17305/bjbms.2019.4002 Expression patterns and prognostic value of miR-210, miR-494, and miR-205 in middle-aged and old patients with sepsis-induced acute kidney injury https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/4131 <p>Septic patients suffer a ‘cytokine storm’ from proinflammatory cytokines, chemokines and other inflammatory mediators, resulting in acute kidney injury (AKI) and death. The purpose of the present study was to determine the expression patterns of microRNA-210 (miR-210), miR-494, and miR-205 in middle-aged and old patients with sepsis-induced AKI and to evaluate their association with patient prognosis. Serum blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine (Cr) and cystatin C levels were determined in peripheral venous blood collected from 110 patients with sepsis-induced AKI and 110 healthy controls. The expression profile of 30 miRNAs was analyzed by TaqMan low-density array (TLDA) in plasma samples from patients and controls. Association of miRNAs with prognosis and survival of patients was analyzed by Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient, Cox multivariate analysis, and ROC curve analysis. TILDA analysis showed 11 upregulated and 11 downregulated miRNAs in patients with sepsis-induced AKI. MiR-210 and miR-494 were the most upregulated and miR-205 was the most downregulated miRNA. High expression of miR-210 and miR-494 was positively correlated with BUN, Cr and cystatin C levels of patients, while low expression of miR-205 was negatively correlated. MiR-210 and miR-494 expression was significantly decreased and miR-205 expression was increased in survivors with sepsis-induced AKI (28-day survival, n = 68) vs. non-survivors (n = 42). BUN, Cr, and miR-205 were independent risk factors for prognosis in sepsis-induced AKI. Our study showed the predictive value of miR-210, miR-494, and miR-205 in prognosis and survival of patients with sepsis-induced AKI. MiR-205 is an independent risk factor for sepsis-induced AKI and its decreased expression is associated with shorter patient survival.</p> Yongjun Lin Ying Ding Shuping Song Man Li Tao Wang Feng Guo Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-04-18 2019-04-18 19 2 10.17305/bjbms.2019.4131 Optogenetics: Therapeutic spark in neuropathic pain https://bjbms.org/ojs/index.php/bjbms/article/view/4114 <p>Optogenetics is an emerging field, which uses light and molecular genetics to manipulate the activity of live cells by expressing light-sensitive proteins. With the discovery of bacteriorhodopsin, a light-sensitive bacterial protein, in 1971 Oesterhelt and Stoeckenius laid the pavement of optogenetics. However, the cross-integration of different disciplines is a little more than a decade old. The toolbox contains fluorescent sensors and optogenetic actuators which enable visualization of signaling events and manipulation of cellular activities, respectively. Neuropathic pain is a pain caused either by damage or disease that affects the somatosensory system. The exact mechanism for the neuropathic pain is not known, however proposed mechanisms include immune reactions, ion channel expressions, and inflammation. Current regimen for the disease provides about 50% relief for only 40-60% of patients. Recent <em>in vivo</em> and <em>in vitro</em> studies demonstrate the potential therapeutic applications of optogenetics by manipulating the activity of neurons. This review summarizes the basic concept, therapeutic applications for neuropathy and potential of optogenetics to reach from bench to bedside in the near future.</p> Kang Liu Long Wang Copyright (c) 2019 Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences 2019-04-18 2019-04-18 19 2 10.17305/bjbms.2019.4114