Cheol Ryong Ku, Jae Won Hong, Eui Hyun Kim, Sun Ho Kim and Eun Jig Lee
Even in patients with cured acromegaly, GH deficiency (GHD) after transsphenoidal adenomectomy (TSA) adversely affects body composition and inflammatory biomarkers of cardiovascular risk. In this study, clinical parameters for predicting GHD after TSA in 123 cured acromegalic patients were investigated.
Design and methods
GH levels were measured at 6, 12, 18, 24, 48, and 72 h after TSA and serial insulin tolerance tests were conducted at 6 months, 2 years, and then every 2 years after TSA.
GHD was found in 12 patients (9.8%) at 4.1 (range: 0.5–4.1) years after TSA. IGF1 levels were significantly lower at 6 months after TSA in GHD group than intact GH group (175.9 vs 316.8 μg/l, range: 32.0–425.0 and 96.9–547.3 respectively, P=0.008). Adenomas involving both sides of the pituitary gland were significantly more frequent in GHD patients (29.7 vs 83.3%; P=0.002). Furthermore, immediate postoperative 72-h GH levels after TSA were significantly lower (0.17 vs 0.45, range: 0.02–0.93 and 0.02–5.95 respectively, P=0.019) in GHD patients. In multiple logistic regression analysis, bilaterality of tumor involvement (odds ratio (OR)=10.678, P=0.003; 95% CI=2.248–50.728) and immediate postoperative 72-h GH level (OR=0.079, P=0.047; 95% CI=0.006–0.967) showed significant power for predicting GHD.
These data suggest that bilateral involvement of a pituitary adenoma and severely decreased immediate postoperative serum GH levels at 72 h after TSA may be independent risks factor for accelerated GHD in acromegalic patients.
Daham Kim, Cheol Ryong Ku, Kyungwon Kim, Hyein Jung and Eun Jig Lee
The association between prolactin level variation and prolactinoma size reduction remains unclear. This study aimed to determine the prolactin level cut-off predictive of a tumor size reduction.
Retrospective cohort study.
We reviewed medical records of patients with prolactinoma who received primary cabergoline therapy and for whom complete data on pituitary hormone assays and sellar MRI at baseline and 3 months post treatment were available. We tested whether the certain prolactin level after 3 months post treatment predicted better response.
Prolactin levels normalized in 109 (88.6%) of 123 included macroprolactinoma patients. The mean tumor size reduction was 22.9%, and patients in the lowest prolactin tertile (≤0.7) had the highest frequency of tumor size reductions of ≥20% (73.7 vs 52.9% and 45.9% in tertiles 2 (>0.7 to 2.6) and 3 (>2.6 to 20), P = 0.015). Patients with prolactin levels ≤1 ng/mL exhibited larger tumor size reductions vs those with prolactin levels of 1–20 (27.2 ± 18.3% vs 19.5 ± 13.9%, P = 0.014), 1–10 (19.3 ± 13.7%, P = 0.017) and 1–5 ng/mL (19.2 ± 14.3%, P = 0.039). A multivariable logistic regression analysis revealed that a prolactin level ≤1 ng/mL at 3 months and high-dose cabergoline therapy were significantly associated with tumor size reductions of ≥20% (odds ratio (OR): 2.8, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.2–6.7, P = 0.017; OR: 2.0, 95% CI: 1.0–3.9, P = 0.043).
A prolactin level ≤1 ng/mL at 3 months after cabergoline treatment was correlated with a significant tumor size reduction in patients with macroprolactinoma. This finding may help clinical decision making when treating macroprolactinoma patients.
Cheol Ryong Ku, Thierry Brue, Katharina Schilbach, Stanislav Ignatenko, Sandor Magony, Yoon-Sok Chung, Byung-Joon Kim, Kyu Yeon Hur, Ho-Cheol Kang, Jung Hee Kim, Min Seon Kim, Aldona Kowalska, Marek Bolanowski, Marek Ruchala, Svetozar Damjanovic, Juraj Payer, Yun Jung Choi, Su Jin Heo, Tae Kyoung Kim, MinKyu Heo, Joan Lee and Eun Jig Lee
Hybrid Fc-fused rhGH (GX-H9) is a long-acting recombinant human growth hormone (GH) under clinical development for both adults and children with GH deficiency (GHD). We compared the safety, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of weekly and every other week (EOW) dosages of GX-H9 with those of daily GH administration in adult GHD (AGHD) patients.
This was a randomized, open-label, active-controlled and dose-escalation study conducted in 16 endocrinology centers in Europe and Korea.
Forty-five AGHD patients with or without prior GH treatment were enrolled. Patients with prior GH treatments were required to have received the last GH administration at least 1 month prior to randomization. Subjects were sequentially assigned to treatment groups. Fifteen subjects were enrolled to each treatment group and randomly assigned to receive either GX-H9 or Genotropin (4:1 ratio). GX-H9 dosage regimens for Groups 1, 2 and 3 were 0.1 mg/kg weekly, 0.3 mg/kg EOW and 0.2 mg/kg EOW, respectively. All Genotropin-assigned subjects received 6 µg/kg Genotropin, regardless of treatment group. Main outcome analyses included measurements of serum insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-I), safety, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and immunogenicity.
Mean GX-H9 peak and total exposure increased with an increase in dose after a single-dose administration. The mean IGF-I response was sustained above baseline over the intended dose interval of 168 h for the weekly and 336 h for the EOW GX-H9 groups. Safety profiles and immunogenicity were not different across the treatment groups and with Genotropin.
GX-H9 has the potential for up to twice-monthly administration.