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Zhu X.,Fudan University | Wang Y.,Fudan University | Zhao X.,Fudan University | Jiang C.,Fudan University | And 8 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2015

Background There are few studies of the incidence and clinical characteristics of pituitary apoplexy (PA) in pituitary adenoma patients, and the findings have been inconsistent. Objective The aim of the study was to retrospectively assess the incidence, clinical presentation, surgical management and postoperative complications of PA in pituitary adenoma patients. Methods A database was specifically designed to collect clinical, therapeutic, prognostic and histological information about pituitary adenoma patients. Using multivariate logistic regression, odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to identify associated factors. Results A total of 2021 pituitary adenoma patients were recruited. 97 (4.8%) patients had PA. The incidence of PA was 10.11% in patients with pituitary macroadenoma, and 0.36% in patients with microadenoma. Variables for the logistic regression model independently associated with PA were sex (male vs. female, OR = 2.54, 95% CI: 1.59~4.07), tumor type (negative staining vs. positive staining, OR = 2.04, 95% CI: 1.29~3.23), and tumor size (macroadenoma vs. microadenoma, OR = 26.46, 95% CI = 9.66~72.46). Headache, visual deterioration, and vomiting were the most common symptoms in patients with pituitary adenoma. Patients with and without PA had similar frequency of visual deterioration, head trauma, acromegalic appearance, galactorrhoea, cold intolerance and Cushingoid appearance, but headache, vomiting, ptosis, diplopia, fever and blindness were significantly more common in patients with PA. Pearson Chi-Square tests revealed a significant difference in surgical approach between patients with and without PA (95.88% vs. 85.57%, P = 0.01). Conclusion Our findings suggest that PA is not a rare event. Male sex, non-functioning tumor, and macroadenoma are associated with an increased risk of PA. Compared with pituitary adenoma patients without PA, patients with PA have more severe symptoms. Copyright: © 2015 Zhu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Source


Ye Z.,Fudan University | Ye Z.,Shanghai Pituitary Tumor Center | Zhang Y.,Fudan University | Zhang Y.,Shanghai Pituitary Tumor Center | And 68 more authors.
Nature Genetics | Year: 2015

Pituitary adenoma is one of the most common intracranial neoplasms, and its genetic basis remains largely unknown. To identify genetic susceptibility loci for sporadic pituitary adenoma, we performed a three-stage genome-wide association study (GWAS) in the Han Chinese population. We first analyzed genome-wide SNP data in 771 pituitary adenoma cases and 2,788 controls and then carried forward the promising variants for replication in another 2 independent sets (2,542 cases and 3,620 controls in total). We identified three new susceptibility loci below the genome-wide significance threshold (P < 5 × 10 '8) in the combined analyses: 10p12.31 (rs2359536, P meta = 2.25 × 10 '10 and rs10828088, P meta = 6.27 × 10 '10), 10q21.1 (rs10763170, P meta = 6.88 × 10 '10) and 13q12.13 (rs17083838, P meta = 1.89 × 10 '8). This study is the first GWAS to our knowledge on sporadic pituitary adenoma, and our results provide insight into the genetic basis of this disease. © 2015 Nature America, Inc. All rights reserved. Source


Ma Z.,Fudan University | Ma Z.,Shanghai Pituitary Tumor Center | He W.,Fudan University | He W.,Shanghai Pituitary Tumor Center | And 12 more authors.
Neuroradiology | Year: 2016

Introduction: It is a common view that consistency and blood supply of pituitary adenoma (PA) can influence the surgical effect. The aim of this study was to determine whether MRI signal intensity (SI) was correlated to the consistency or blood supply of pituitary macroadenoma. Methods: Forty eight pituitary macroadenoma patients were underwent preoperative MRI, including precontrast and contrast-enhanced (CE) T1-spin echo (T1-SE) imaging, CE-sampling perfection with application-optimized contrasts by using different flip angle evolutions (SPACE) imaging, and perfusion-weighted imaging (PWI). The tumor consistency and blood supply were determined by neurosurgeons. The expression of collagen IV and MIB-1 was detected with immunohistology. The correlation of the relative SI (rSI) values (tumor to normal frontal white matter SI) and PWI data to the tumor consistency, blood supply, and the expression level of collagen IV and MIB-1 was statistically studied by Kruskal–Wallis rank test (K–W test). Results: A significant correlation was observed between the tumor consistency and the rSI on precontrast T1-SE imaging (P = 0.004) but not on CE T1-SE and CE SPACE imaging. The expression of collagen IV was also significantly associated with rSI on T1-SE imaging (P = 0.010). The blood supply was correlated with the relative CBV (rCBV) (P = 0.030). In addition, the expression of MIB-1 was correlated with rSI of CE T1-SE imaging (P = 0.007). Conclusion: Our results suggest that T1-SE imaging may be a simple and useful method for predicting consistency of PA. CBV value can provide helpful information for assessing the blood supply of pituitary macroadenoma. © 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source


Xie R.,Fudan University | Xie R.,Shanghai Pituitary Tumor Center | He W.-Q.,Fudan University | He W.-Q.,Shanghai Pituitary Tumor Center | And 10 more authors.
Journal of Neuro-Oncology | Year: 2015

There are some evidences that pituitary tumors may be sensitive to the anti-proliferative effects of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors, while the mechanism and effects remains unclear, it is necessary to find if a specific mTOR inhibition, including the blocking of both mTOR function and expression, generate any effects on pituitary adenoma cells. The object of this study was to examine if specific inhibition of mTOR induced anti-proliferative effect and decreased the GH and PRL hormones secretion in GH3 and MtT/E pituitary adenoma cells by using a kind of mTOR shRNA lentiviral vector. The in vitro experiments results showed mTOR shRNA transfection robustly reduced the GH3 and MtT/E cells viability in all durations (1–6 days) we performed, also specifically decreased both GH and PRL hormones external secretion in GH3 cells. Further results suggested that specific inhibition of mTOR decreased the hormones secretion through anti-proliferation effects on GH3 cells and reducing the hormones synthesis, but not through affecting the process of hormones secretion. Then we used phosphatidic acid (PA), a kind of mTOR activator, to promote the cell proliferation and GH and PRL hormones secretion in GH3 cells while the effects were blocked by mTOR shRNA transfection. In addition, we examined in vitro effects of PA treatment and mTOR shRNA gene transfection on major proteins expressed in the mTOR pathway in GH3 cells, and confirmed that PA treatment significant increased the protein levels of pmTOR, pS6 K and p4EBP1 in the scramble shRNA group, while the increase of protein levels was blocked by mTOR shRNA gene transfection. Moreover, mTOR shRNA gene transfection definitely inhibited the expression of mTOR and reduced the expression of pmTOR, pS6K and p4EBP1 in either PA or no PA treatment groups. These findings indicated that specific inhibition of mTOR pathway induced anti-proliferative effect and decreased the GH and PRL hormones secretion in cultured pituitary adenoma cells, which may be a novel promising and potential treatment modality for patients with secreting or non-secreting pituitary adenomas. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Source

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