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Rachel Fourneaux, Marie Vermalle, Frederique Albarel, Isabelle Morange, Thomas Graillon, Vincent Amodru, Thomas Cuny, Henry Dufour, Thierry Brue, and Frederic Castinetti

Objective

A relative can be an asset in dealing with chronic illnesses, such as acromegaly, where quality of life (QoL) is altered even after remission. However, it has been shown that quality of life of caregivers can also be impacted. Our main objective was to compare the perception of acromegaly in remission in the patient–relative dyad.

Methods

In this observational study, 27 patients in remission and relatives were first asked to complete QoL, anxiety/depression and coping strategy questionnaires. Then, the patient’s body image and self-esteem were evaluated from both the patient’s and the relative’s point of view using the same questionnaires with modified instructions.

Results

Relatives had overall an accurate estimation of patient body image using the Figure Rating Scale by Stunkard. However, there were wide variations between the patient’s and the relative’s responses regarding self-esteem and body perception. The QoL of relatives was not altered and was significantly higher in the social domain than for the patient.

Conclusions

Our results show that relatives require education concerning all the steps involved in the management of acromegaly, as they likely do not fully understand the sequelae of acromegaly.

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Asuman Nur Karhan, Jamila Zammouri, Martine Auclair, Emilie Capel, Feramuz Demir Apaydin, Fehmi Ates, Marie-Christine Verpont, Jocelyne Magré, Bruno Fève, Olivier Lascols, Yusuf Usta, Isabelle Jéru, and Corinne Vigouroux

Objective

CAV1 encodes caveolin-1, a major protein of plasma membrane microdomains called caveolae, involved in several signaling pathways. Caveolin-1 is also located at the adipocyte lipid droplet. Heterozygous pathogenic variants of CAV1 induce rare heterogeneous disorders including pulmonary arterial hypertension and neonatal progeroid syndrome. Only one patient was previously reported with a CAV1 homozygous pathogenic variant, associated with congenital generalized lipodystrophy (CGL3). We aimed to further delineate genetic transmission, clinical, metabolic, and cellular characteristics of CGL3.

Design/Methods

In a large consanguineous kindred referred for CGL, we performed next-generation sequencing, as well as clinical, imagery, and metabolic investigations. We studied skin fibroblasts from the index case and the previously reported patient with CGL3.

Results

Four patients, aged 8 months to 18 years, carried a new homozygous p.(His79Glnfs*3) CAV1 variant. They all displayed generalized lipodystrophy since infancy, insulin resistance, low HDL-cholesterol, and/or high triglycerides, but no pulmonary hypertension. Two patients also presented at the age of 15 and 18 years with dysphagia due to achalasia, and one patient had retinitis pigmentosa. Heterozygous parents and relatives (n = 9) were asymptomatic, without any metabolic abnormality. Patients’ fibroblasts showed a complete loss of caveolae and no protein expression of caveolin-1 and its caveolin-2 and cavin-1 partners. Patients’ fibroblasts also displayed insulin resistance, increased oxidative stress, and premature senescence.

Conclusions

The CAV1 null variant investigated herein leads to an autosomal recessive congenital lipodystrophy syndrome. Loss of caveolin-1 and/or caveolae induces specific manifestations including achalasia which requires specific management. Overlapping phenotypic traits between the different CAV1-related diseases require further studies.

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Thomas I Hewat, Daphne Yau, Joseph C S Jerome, Thomas W Laver, Jayne A L Houghton, Beverley M Shields, Sarah E Flanagan, and Kashyap A Patel

Objective

Mutations in the KATP channel genes, ABCC8 and KCNJ11, are the most common cause of congenital hyperinsulinism. The diagnosis of KATP-hyperinsulinism is important for the clinical management of the condition. We aimed to determine the clinical features that help to identify KATP-hyperinsulinism at diagnosis.

Design

We studied 761 individuals with KATP-hyperinsulinism and 862 probands with hyperinsulinism of unknown aetiology diagnosed before 6 months of age. All were referred as part of routine clinical care.

Methods

We compared the clinical features of KATP-hyperinsulinism and unknown hyperinsulinism cases. We performed logistic regression and receiver operator characteristic (ROC) analysis to identify the features that predict KATP-hyperinsulinism.

Results

Higher birth weight, diazoxide unresponsiveness and diagnosis in the first week of life were independently associated with KATP-hyperinsulinism (adjusted odds ratio: 4.5 (95% CI: 3.4–5.9), 0.09 (0.06–0.13) and 3.3 (2.0–5.0) respectively). Birth weight and diazoxide unresponsiveness were additive and highly discriminatory for identifying KATP-hyperinsulinism (ROC area under the curve for birth weight 0.80, diazoxide responsiveness 0.77, and together 0.88, 95% CI: 0.85–0.90). In this study, 86% born large for gestation and 78% born appropriate for gestation and who did not respond to diazoxide treatment had KATP-hyperinsulinism. In contrast, of those individuals born small for gestation, none who were diazoxide responsive and only 4% of those who were diazoxide unresponsive had KATP-hyperinsulinism.

Conclusions

Individuals with hyperinsulinism born appropriate or large for gestation and unresponsive to diazoxide treatment are most likely to have an ABCC8 or KCNJ11 mutation. These patients should be prioritised for genetic testing of KATP channel genes.

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Tim Verweij, Tessa N A Slagboom, Nadège C van Varsseveld, Aart-Jan van der Lely, Madeleine L Drent, and Christa C van Bunderen

Context

Cardiovascular (CV) risk profile might differ between growth hormone-treated patients with craniopharyngioma and non-functioning pituitary adenoma (NFPA), since patients with craniopharyngioma more frequently suffer from hypothalamic metabolic disruption.

Objective

The aim of this study is to investigate the CV risk profile in adult patients with craniopharyngioma compared to NFPA before and after treatment with growth hormone (GH) replacement therapy due to severe GH deficiency.

Design

A sub-analysis of the Dutch National Registry of Growth Hormone Treatment in Adults was performed, in which we compared 291 patients with craniopharyngioma to 778 patients with NFPA. CV risk profile and morbidity were evaluated at baseline and during long-term follow-up within and between both groups.

Results

At baseline, patients with craniopharyngioma demonstrated higher BMI than patients with NFPA, and men with craniopharyngioma showed greater waist circumference and lower HDL compared to men with NFPA. During follow-up, BMI, as well as diastolic blood pressure among patients using antihypertensive drugs, deteriorated in the craniopharyngioma group compared to the NFPA group. Lipid profile improved similarly in both groups over time. No differences were found between groups in the occurrence of diabetes mellitus, cerebrovascular accidents, CV disease, or overall mortality.

Conclusion

This study suggests that overall CV risk profile is worse in craniopharyngioma patients with GH deficiency compared to patients with NFPA. During GH replacement therapy, patients with craniopharyngioma demonstrated an increase in BMI over time, where BMI remained stable in patients with NFPA. Also, diastolic blood pressure did not improve with antihypertensive drugs in craniopharyngioma patients as seen in patients with NFPA.

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Sara Storvall, Helena Leijon, Eeva M Ryhänen, Tiina Vesterinen, Ilkka Heiskanen, Camilla Schalin-Jäntti, and Johanna Arola

Objective

Parathyroid carcinoma (PC), atypical parathyroid tumours (APT) and parathyroid adenoma (PA), all present with hypercalcemia. Diminished calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) expression is reported in PC but is rare in benign tumours. Filamin A (FLNA) binds to the CaSR and activates the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signalling pathway. FLNA is related to tumour aggressiveness in several cancers, but its role in parathyroid neoplasia is unknown.

Design

We examined FLNA, CaSR and parafibromin expression in PCs (n = 32), APTs (n = 44) and PAs (n = 77) and investigated their potential as diagnostic and/or prognostic markers.

Methods

Tissue microarray slides were immunohistochemically stained with antibodies for FLNA, CaSR and parafibromin. Staining results were correlated with detailed clinical data.

Results

All tumours stained positively for CaSR, with two tumours (one PC and one APT) showing diminished expression. Carcinomas were characterized by increased cytoplasmic FLNA expression compared to APTs and PAs (P  = 0.004). FLNA expression was not correlated with Ki-67 proliferation index or loss of parafibromin expression. Cytoplasmic FLNA expression was also associated with higher serum calcium, PTH concentrations and male sex (P  = 0.014, P  = 0.017 and P  = 0.049 respectively). Using a combined marker score, we found that parathyroid tumours with low FLNA expression and positive parafibromin staining were extremely likely to be benign (P  < 0.001).

Conclusion

Cytoplasmic and membranous FLNA expression is increased in parathyroid carcinomas compared to benign tumours. A combined FLNA and parafibromin expression score shows potential as a prognostic predictor of indolent behaviour in parathyroid neoplasms.

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Marga A G Helmink, Marieke de Vries, Frank L J Visseren, Wendela L de Ranitz, Harold W de Valk, and Jan Westerink

Objective

To identify determinants associated with insulin resistance and to assess the association between insulin resistance and cardiovascular events, vascular interventions and mortality in people with type 1 diabetes at high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Design

Prospective cohort study.

Methods

One hundred and ninety-five people with type 1 diabetes from the Secondary Manifestations of ARTerial disease (SMART) cohort were included. Insulin resistance was quantified by the estimated glucose disposal rate (eGDR) with higher eGDR levels indicating higher insulin sensitivity (i.e. lower eGDR levels indicating higher insulin resistance). Linear regression models were used to evaluate determinants associated with eGDR. The effect of eGDR on cardiovascular events, cardiovascular events or vascular interventions (combined endpoint) and on all-cause mortality was analysed using Cox proportional hazards models adjusted for confounders.

Results

In 195 individuals (median follow-up 12.9 years, IQR 6.7–17.0), a total of 25 cardiovascular events, 26 vascular interventions and 27 deaths were observed. High eGDR as a marker for preserved insulin sensitivity was independently associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular events (HR: 0.75; 95% CI: 0.61–0.91), a lower risk of cardiovascular events and vascular interventions (HR: 0.74; 95% CI: 0.63–0.87) and a lower risk of all-cause mortality (HR: 0.81; 95% CI: 0.67–0.98).

Conclusions

Insulin resistance as measured by eGDR is an additional risk factor for cardiovascular disease in individuals with type 1 diabetes. Modification of insulin resistance by lifestyle interventions or pharmacological treatment could be a viable therapeutic target to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Marloes Nies, Eus G J M Arts, Evert F S van Velsen, Johannes G M Burgerhof, Anneke C Muller Kobold, Eleonora P M Corssmit, Romana T Netea-Maier, Robin P Peeters, Anouk N A van der Horst-Schrivers, Astrid E P Cantineau, and Thera P Links

Context

Whilst radioactive iodine (RAI) is often administered in the treatment for differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC), long-term data on male fertility after RAI are scarce.

Objective

To evaluate long-term male fertility after RAI for DTC, and to compare semen quality before and after RAI.

Design, setting, and patients

Multicenter study including males with DTC ≥2 years after their final RAI treatment with a cumulative activity of ≥3.7 GBq.

Main outcome measure(s)

Semen analysis, hormonal evaluation, and a fertility-focused questionnaire. Cut-off scores for ‘low semen quality’ were based on reference values of the general population as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Results

Fifty-one participants had a median age of 40.5 (interquartile range (IQR): 34.0–49.6) years upon evaluation and a median follow-up of 5.8 (IQR: 3.0–9.5) years after their last RAI administration. The median cumulative administered activity of RAI was 7.4 (range: 3.7–23.3) GBq. The proportion of males with a low semen volume, concentration, progressive motility, or total motile sperm count did not differ from the 10th percentile cut-off of a general population (P = 0.500, P = 0.131, P = 0.094, and P = 0.500, respectively). Cryopreserved semen was used by 1 participant of the 20 who had preserved semen.

Conclusions

Participants had a normal long-term semen quality. The proportion of participants with low semen quality parameters scoring below the 10th percentile did not differ from the general population. Cryopreservation of semen of males with DTC is not crucial for conceiving a child after RAI administration but may be considered in individual cases.

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Jingjing Zhang, Xi Chen, Wei Liu, Chunlan Zhang, Yufei Xiang, Shiping Liu, and Zhiguang Zhou

Background

Obesity is associated with impaired immune function and chronic low-grade inflammation. Metabolic surgery is one of the most effective therapies for treating obesity and related metabolic disorders. We aimed to explore the pathophysiological roles of peripheral dendritic cells (DCs) and T lymphocytes in metabolic surgery.

Method

In this observational cohort study, a total of 106 individuals, including obese participants with or without T2DM, overweight subjects and normal controls, were recruited. All obese participants underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery and returned for the evaluation of the clinical indicators after surgery. We evaluated the frequencies of circulating DCs subsets (myeloid (mDCs) and plasmacytoid (pDCs)), the pro-inflammatory (Th1 and Th17) and anti-inflammatory (Th2 and Treg) T cell subsets by flow cytometry.

Results

Compared with normal controls, the frequencies of mDCs, Th1 and Th17 cells increased, while Treg and Th2 cells decreased in the obese participants. The frequency of mDCs and Th1 cells consistently declined after surgery compared with baseline in the obese patients and were restored to the levels observed in the normal controls after surgery. Moreover, the frequency of Treg cells was increased at 6 months after surgery in the obese patients with T2DM, and Th17 cells declined at 6 months after surgery in the severely obese patients without T2DM.

Conclusion

This study indicates that metabolic surgery can effectively improve imbalanced immune cells in peripheral blood and restore the proportion of immune cells to a normal range during a 12-month follow-up.

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Thierry Brue and Sally A Camper

Recent studies have shown a novel mechanism of combined pituitary hormone deficiency associated with mutations in POU1F1, altering the balance of alternative-splicing, which results in over-expression of the beta isoform of POU1F1. These studies underscore the need for biologists, in the context of routine molecular diagnosis of this condition, to investigate alternative splicing in POU1F1 as well as in other genes.