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Anne Fjellestad-Paulsen, Nadia Tubiana-Rufi, Alan Harris and Paul Czernichow

Abstract. The antidiuretic effect and pharmacokinetics of 10 to 20 μg of intranasal (IN) and 200 to 400 μg of oral (po) 1-deamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP) were studied in 10 paediatric diabetes insipidus patients. A significant increase in urine osmolality was obtained with all doses, maximum within 2 h and still present at 8 h. At 12 h after administration, the ratio urine osmolality/plasma osmolality was above 1 only after 20 μg intranasally and 400 μg perorally. The free water clearance decreased rapidly with all doses and was similar in magnitude and duration for both the intranasal and peroral routes of administration and remained negative for more than 8 h. The maximum plasma concentrations of DDAVP, measured with a specific and sensitive RIA method, was dose-dependent and there was not significant difference in time until maximum concentration was obtained or in plasma half-life between the two routes of administration. The ratio established, 1:20, by calculating the area under the curve showed a bio-equivalence between 10 μg IN and 200 μg po and between 20 μg IN and 400 μg po of DDAVP. This work further emphasized the effectiveness of the oral route and the rapidity of absorption. By continuous monitoring of DDAVP plasma values we have demonstrated that peak values were reached within one hour after administration. This study demonstrates that the doses needed to treat diabetes insipidus patients by the oral route will be approximately 20 times greater than by the nasal route.

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Anne Fjellestad-Paulsen, Per-Anders Abrahamsson, Anders Bjartell, Michel Grino, Lars Grimelius, Hans Hedeland and Sture Falkmer

Abstract. A case is described of a patient with a smallcell prostatic carcinoma containing immunoreactive CRH, in conjunction with ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome. The serum concentrations of CRH, ACTH, β-endorphin and calcitonin were all found to be above normal. Post-mortem examination revealed a prostatic tumour with multiple metastases, and a diffuse hyperplasia of pituitary corticotropic cells and adrenal cortical cells. In sections of the primary prostatic tumour, immunoreactive cells were demonstrable with antisera raised against human CRH, TSH, calcitonin and somatostatin, but not with antisera against ACTH or β-endorphin. By radioimmunoassay the CRH-like material could also be demonstrated in extract of the prostatic tumour and the material from both plasma and tumour extract eluted at the position of human CRH on gel chromatography (Sephadex G-75). These findings provide support for the interpretation that the patient's Cushing's syndrome was due to a CRH-producing prostatic tumour. Finally, the origin and the clinical significance of the neuroendocrine cells in the prostatic carcinoma is discussed.

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Julie Harvengt, Priscilla Boizeau, Didier Chevenne, Delphine Zenaty, Anne Paulsen, Dominique Simon, Sophie Guilmin Crepon, Corinne Alberti, Jean-Claude Carel and Juliane Léger

Objective

To assess in a pediatric population, the clinical characteristics and management of triiodothyronine-predominant Graves' disease (T3-P-GD), a rare condition well known in adults, but not previously described in children.

Design

We conducted a university hospital-based observational study.

Methods

All patients with GD followed for more than 1 year between 2003 and 2013 (n=60) were included. T3-P-GD (group I) was defined as high free T3 (fT3) concentration (>8.0 pmol/l) associated with a normal free thyroxine (fT4) concentration and undetectable TSH more than 1 month after the initiation of antithyroid drug (ATD) treatment. Group II contained patients with classical GD without T3-P-GD.

Results

Eight (13%) of the patients were found to have T3-P-GD, a median of 6.3 (3.0–10.5) months after initial diagnosis (n=4) or 2.8 (2.0–11.9) months after the first relapse after treatment discontinuation (n=4). At GD diagnosis, group I patients were more likely to be younger (6.8 (4.3–11.0) vs 10.7 (7.2–13.7) years) and had more severe disease than group II patients, with higher serum TSH receptor autoantibodies (TRAb) levels: 40 (31–69) vs 17 (8–25) IU/l, P<0.04, and with slightly higher serum fT4 (92 (64–99) vs 63 (44–83) pmol/l) and fT3 (31 (30–46) vs 25 (17–31) pmol/l) concentrations. During the 3 years following T3-P-GD diagnosis, a double dose of ATD was required and median serum fT4:fT3 ratio remained lower in group I than in group II.

Conclusion

Severe hyperthyroidism, with particularly high TRAb concentrations at diagnosis, may facilitate the identification of patients requiring regular serum fT3 determinations and potentially needing higher doses of ATD dosage during follow-up.

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Juliane Léger, Damir Mohamed, Sophie Dos Santos, Myriam Ben Azoun, Delphine Zénaty, Dominique Simon, Anne Paulsen, Laetitia Martinerie, Didier Chevenne, Corinne Alberti, Jean-Claude Carel and Sophie Guilmin-Crepon

Context

Regular monitoring of serum IGF-I levels during growth hormone (GH) therapy has been recommended, for assessing treatment compliance and safety.

Objective

To investigate serum IGF-I SDS levels during GH treatment in children with GH deficiency, and to identify potential determinants of these levels.

Design, patients and methods

This observational cohort study included all patients (n = 308) with childhood-onset non-acquired or acquired GH deficiency (GHD) included in the database of a single academic pediatric care center over a period of 10 years for whom at least one serum IGF-I SDS determination during GH treatment was available. These determinations had to have been carried out centrally, with the same immunoradiometric assay. Serum IGF-I SDS levels were determined as a function of sex, age and pubertal stage, according to our published normative data.

Results

Over a median of 4.0 (2–5.8) years of GH treatment per patient, 995 serum IGF-I SDS determinations were recorded. In addition to BMI SDS, height SDS and GH dose (P < 0.01), etiological group (P < 0.01) had a significant effect on serum IGF-I SDS levels, with patients suffering from acquired GHD having higher serum IGF-I SDS levels than those with non-acquired GHD, whereas sex, age, pubertal stage, treatment duration, hormonal status (isolated GHD (IGHD) vs multiple pituitary hormone deficiency (MPHD)) and initial severity of GHD, had no effect.

Conclusions

These original findings have important clinical implications for long-term management and highlight the need for careful and appropriate monitoring of serum IGF-I SDS and GH dose, particularly in patients with acquired GHD, to prevent the unnecessary impact of potential comorbid conditions.

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Dominique Simon, Ibrahima Ba, Nancy Mekhail, Emmanuel Ecosse, Anne Paulsen, Delphine Zenaty, Muriel Houang, Monique Jesuran Perelroizen, Gian-Paolo de Filippo, Mariacarolina Salerno, Gilbert Simonin, Rachel Reynaud, Jean-Claude Carel, Juliane Léger and Nicolas de Roux

Context and objective

Idiopathic central precocious puberty (iCPP) is defined as early activation of the hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis in the absence of identifiable central lesions. Mutations of the makorin RING finger 3 (MKRN3) gene are associated with iCPP. We aimed to assess the frequency of MKRN3 mutations in iCPP and to compare the phenotypes of patients with and without MKRN3 mutations.

Design

An observational study was carried out on patients recruited at pediatric hospitals in France and Italy. Forty-six index CPP cases were screened for mutations in the MKRN3 coding sequence: 28 index cases of familial cases and 18 cases did not report any familial history of CPP. The endocrine phenotype was compared between MKRN3 mutated and non-mutated patients.

Results

MKRN3 mutations were identified in one sporadic and 13 familial cases. We identified five new heterozygous missense mutations predicted to be deleterious for protein function and two frameshift mutations, one new and the other recurrent, predicted to result in truncated proteins. Age at puberty onset varied very little among patients with MKRN3 mutations and puberty occurred earlier in these patients than in those without MKRN3 mutations (6.0 years (5.4–6.0) vs 7.0 years (6.0–7.0), P=0.01).

Conclusions

MKRN3 mutations are common in familial iCPP. MKRN3 is one of the gatekeepers of the postnatal activation of the gonadotropic axis.