Next-generation sequencing-based platforms enable largescale analysis of patient samples to decipher mutational landscapes of tumors. We identified recurrent mutations in GNAS , a well-established gene implicated in causing acromegaly, in four out of 14 patients.
Combined analysis of somatic variants from this study with recent studies on somatotropinomas identified two additional candidate genes of importance, CACNA1H and WIPI1 in two independent cohorts. No somatic mutations of current relevance were identified in five tumors, although large deletions were present in two of them. Our data suggest that whole-exome sequencing have limitations identifying definite cause of pituitary adenomas and points to the direction of studying epigenetic changes, structural changes or whole genome sequencing should to fully understand somatotroph tumorigenesis.
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View Preview. Learn more Check out. Abstract Background Although there has been extensive study evaluating adult pituitary surgery, there has been scant analysis among children. Results A weighted incidence of cases were analyzed; the majority Conclusion A greater proportion of children undergo transfrontal approaches for pituitary lesions than in their adult counterparts. Citing Literature. Volume 7 , Issue 1 January Pages Related Information. The hypothalamus is a small region located within the brain that controls many bodily functions, including eating and drinking, sexual functions and behaviors, blood pressure and heart rate, body temperature maintenance, the sleep-wake cycle, and emotional states e.
Hypothalamic hormones play pivotal roles in the regulation of many of those functions. Because the hypothalamus is part of the central nervous system, the hypothalamic hormones actually are produced by nerve cells i. The anterior pituitary produces several important hormones that either stimulate target glands e. The pituitary hormones include adreno-corticotropic hormone ACTH ; gonadotropins; thyroid-stimulating hormone TSH , also called thyrotropin; growth hormone GH ; and prolactin. Follicle-stimulating hormone FSH , gonadotropin is produced in the anterior pituitary adenohypophysis by basophil cell gonadotropes.
This glycoprotein hormone postnatally during puberty acts on the gonads testis and ovary to regulate fertility. In females - FSH acts on the ovary to stimulate follicle development. Negative feedback by inhibin from the developing follicle decreases FSH secretion. In males - FSH acts on the testis Sertoli cells to increase androgen-binding protein ABP that binds androgens and has a role in spermatogenesis.
FSH-defficiency in females results in infertile block in folliculogenesis prior to antral follicle formation and in males does not affect fertility have small testes but are fertile. FSH protein has a molecular weight 30 kDa and a hour half-life in circulation.
Gonadotrophins have been used clinically in humans for the treatment of infertility. Postnatal thyrotropin TSH levels . Quantitation of the human pituitary by magnetic resonance imaging MRI from childhood through puberty has identified volmetric differences between male and female pituitary sizes between 14 to 17 years of age. Links: Pituitary - neurohypophysis large histology image. Pit1 pituitary-specific transcription factor is a transcription factor important for pituitary development and muations in this gene can lead to abnormalities in pituitary development and hormone production.
Anatomical abnormalities asssociated with the Rathke's pouch include a craniopharyngeal canal , from the anterior part of the fossa hypophyseos of the sphenoid bone to the under surface of the skull. The stomodeal end may also be present at the junction of the septum of the nose with the palate. Abnormal functional development of the pituitary can lead to a wide range of other organ diseases due to the effect of hormones released from the pituitary on many other endocrine and non-endocrine organs For example: dwarfism, hypothyroidism.
Occurring as either a complete or partial duplication, this is an extremely rare abnormality with poor neonatal survival due to associated abnormalities. There are several abnormalities associated with abnormal levels of the hormonal output of the pituitary due to the development of pituitary tumours adenomas.
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Growth hormone GH adenomas, which are benign pituitary tumors lead to chronic high GH output levels, that may lead to acromegaly in adults and gigantism in children. The pituitary produces excessive amounts of growth hormone , usually due to benign, or noncancerous, pituitary tumours adenomas. Childhood adenomas lead to gigantism rather than acromegaly, due to continued and excess growth in the still unfused growth plates in the long bones of the legs.
Classification can be applied using specific criteria clinical presentation, biochemical data, histology of growth pattern, tinctorial characteristics, proliferative activity, immunohistology marker expression, ultrastructure and molecular biology. The current classification used is the World Health Organization classification of recently updated in Pituitary The Official Journal of the Pituitary Society - Pituitary is an international publication devoted to basic and clinical aspects of the pituitary gland.
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