In vitro impact of pegvisomant on growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma cells


  • Cuny Thomas
  • Zeiller Caroline
  • Bidlingmaier Martin
  • Défilles Céline
  • Roche Catherine
  • Blanchard Marie-Pierre
  • Theodoropoulou Marily
  • Graillon Thomas
  • Pertuit Morgane
  • Figarella-Branger Dominique
  • Enjalbert Alain
  • Brue Thierry
  • Barlier Anne

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Pegvisomant (PEG), an antagonist of growth hormone (GH)-receptor (GHR), normalizes insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) oversecretion in most acromegalic patients unresponsive to somatostatin analogs (SSAs) and/or uncontrolled by transsphenoidal surgery. The residual GH-secreting tumor is therefore exposed to the action of circulating PEG. However, the biological effect of PEG at the pituitary level remains unknown. To assess the impact of PEG in vitro on the hormonal secretion (GH and prolactin (PRL)), proliferation and cellular viability of eight human GH-secreting tumors in primary cultures and of the rat somatolactotroph cell line GH4C1. We found that the mRNA expression levels of GHR were characterized in 31 human GH-secreting adenomas (0.086 copy/copy β-Gus) and the GHR was identified by immunocytochemistry staining. In 5/8 adenomas, a dose-dependent inhibition of GH secretion was observed under PEG with a maximum of 38.2 ± 17% at 1 μg/mL (P < 0.0001 vs control). A dose-dependent inhibition of PRL secretion occurred in three mixed GH/PRL adenomas under PEG with a maximum of 52.8 ± 11.5% at 10 μg/mL (P < 0.0001 vs control). No impact on proliferation of either human primary tumors or GH4C1 cell line was observed. We conclude that PEG inhibits the secretion of GH and PRL in primary cultures of human GH(/PRL)-secreting pituitary adenomas without effect on cell viability or cell proliferation.

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