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Manel Puig-Domingo Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, Badalona, Spain
Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP), Badalona, Spain
Department of Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Biomedical Research Networking Center in Rare Diseases (CIBERER), Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Madrid, Spain

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Joan Gil Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP), Badalona, Spain

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Miguel Sampedro-Nuñez Biomedical Research Networking Center in Rare Diseases (CIBERER), Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Madrid, Spain
Department of Endocrinology, Hospital de la Princesa, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Instituto Princesa, Madrid, Spain

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Mireia Jordà Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP), Badalona, Spain

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Susan M Webb Department of Endocrinology/Medicine, CIBERER U747, ISCIII, Research Center for Pituitary Diseases, Hospital Sant Pau, IIB-SPau, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

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Guillermo Serra Department of Endocrinology, Son Espases University Hospital, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

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Laura Pons Department of Pathology, Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, Badalona, Spain

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Isabel Salinas Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, Badalona, Spain

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Alberto Blanco Department of Neurosurgery, Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, Badalona, Spain

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Montserrat Marques-Pamies Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, Badalona, Spain

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Elena Valassi Department of Endocrinology/Medicine, CIBERER U747, ISCIII, Research Center for Pituitary Diseases, Hospital Sant Pau, IIB-SPau, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

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Antonio Picó Biomedical Research Networking Center in Rare Diseases (CIBERER), Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Madrid, Spain
Hospital General Universitario de Alicante-Institute for Health and Biomedical Research (ISABIAL), Alicante, Spain
Department of Clinical Medicine, Miguel Hernández University, Elche, Spain

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Araceli García-Martínez Biomedical Research Networking Center in Rare Diseases (CIBERER), Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Madrid, Spain
Hospital General Universitario de Alicante-Institute for Health and Biomedical Research (ISABIAL), Alicante, Spain

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Cristina Carrato Department of Pathology, Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, Badalona, Spain

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Raquel Buj Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP), Badalona, Spain
Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA

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Carlos del Pozo Department of Endocrinology, Hospital Universitari Mutua Terrassa, Terrassa, Spain

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Gabriel Obiols Department of Endocrinology, Hospital General Universitari Vall d’Hebron, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

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Carles Villabona Department of Endocrinology, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, Barcelona, Spain

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Rosa Cámara Endocrinology Department, Hospital Universitario y Politécnico La Fe, Valencia, Spain

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Carmen Fajardo-Montañana Endocrinology Department, Hospital Universitario de La Ribera, Alzira, Spain

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Clara V Alvarez Neoplasia & Endocrine Differentiation P0L5, Centro de Investigacion en Medicina Molecular y Enfermedades Cronicas (CIMUS), Instituto de Investigacion Sanitaria de Santiago (IDIS), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC), Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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Ignacio Bernabéu Endocrinology Division, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago de Compostela (CHUS)-SERGAS, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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Mónica Marazuela Biomedical Research Networking Center in Rare Diseases (CIBERER), Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Madrid, Spain
Department of Endocrinology, Hospital de la Princesa, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Instituto Princesa, Madrid, Spain

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Pharmacologic treatment of acromegaly is currently based upon assay-error strategy, the first-generation somatostatin receptor ligands (SRL) being the first-line treatment. However, about 50% of patients do not respond adequately to SRL. Our objective was to evaluate the potential usefulness of different molecular markers as predictors of response to SRL. We used somatotropinoma tissue obtained after surgery from a national cohort of 100 acromegalic patients. Seventy-one patients were treated with SRL during at least 6 months under maximal therapeutic doses according to IGF1 values. We analyzed the expression of SSTR2, SSTR5, AIP, CDH1 (E-cadherin), MKI67 (Ki-67), KLK10, DRD2, ARRB1, GHRL, In1-Ghrelin, PLAGL1 and PEBP1 (RKIP) by RT-qPCR and mutations in GNAS gene by Sanger sequencing. The response to SRL was categorized as complete response (CR), partial (PR) or non-response (NR) if IGF1 was normal, between >2<3 SDS or >3 SDS IGF1 at 6 months of follow-up, respectively. From the 71 patients treated, there were 27 CR (38%), 18 PR (25%) and 26 NR (37%). SSTR2, Ki-67 and E-cadherin were associated with SRL response (P < 0.03, P < 0.01 and P < 0.003, respectively). E-cadherin was the best discriminator for response prediction (AUC = 0.74, P < 0.02, PPV of 83.7%, NPV of 72.6%), which was validated at protein level. SSTR5 expression was higher in patients pre-treated with SRL before surgery. We conclude that somatotropinomas showed heterogeneity in the expression of genes associated with SRL response. E-cadherin was the best molecular predictor of response to SRL. Thus, the inclusion of E-cadherin in subsequent treatment-decision after surgical failure may be useful in acromegaly.

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Marta Araujo-Castro Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain & Instituto de Investigación Biomédica Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS), Madrid, Spain

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Betina Biagetti Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Vall de Hebrón, CIBERER U747 (ISCIII), ENDO-ERN, Barcelona, Spain

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Edelmiro Menéndez Torre Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias & Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria del Principado de Asturias (ISPA), Asturias, Spain

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Iría Novoa-Testa Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario de A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain

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Fernando Cordido Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario de A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain

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Eider Pascual-Corrales Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain & Instituto de Investigación Biomédica Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS), Madrid, Spain

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Víctor Rodríguez Berrocal Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain

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Fernando Guerrero-Pérez Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario de Bellvitge, Cataluña L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

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Almudena Vicente Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario de Toledo, Toledo, Spain

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Juan Carlos Percovich Hualpa Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain

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Rogelio García-Centeno Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain

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Laura González-Fernández Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain

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María Dolores Ollero García Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

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Ana Irigaray Echarri Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

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María Dolores Moure Rodríguez Department Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario de Cruces, Bilbao, Spain

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Cristina Novo-Rodríguez Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain

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María Calatayud Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Doce de Octubre, Madrid, Spain

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Rocío Villar-Taibo Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario de Santiago de Compostela, Madrid, Spain

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Ignacio Bernabéu Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario de Santiago de Compostela, Madrid, Spain

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Cristina Alvarez-Escola Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain

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Pamela Benítez Valderrama Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain

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Carmen Tenorio-Jiménez Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain

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Pablo Abellán Galiana Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital General Universitario de Castellón, Castellón, Spain
Department of Medicine and Surgery, Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU, CEU Universities, Castellón, Spain

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Eva Venegas Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío, Sevilla, Spain

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Inmaculada González-Molero Endocrinology and Nutrition Department, Hospital Regional Universitario de Málaga, IBIMA Plataforma Bionand, Málaga, Spain

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Pedro Iglesias Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro, Madrid, Spain

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Concepción Blanco-Carrera Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Príncipe de Asturias, Madrid, Spain

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Fernando Vidal-Ostos De Lara Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Príncipe de Asturias, Madrid, Spain

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Paz de Miguel Novoa Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain

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Elena López Mezquita Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Clínico San Cecilio, Granada, Spain

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Felicia Alexandra Hanzu Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

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Iban Aldecoa Biomedical Diagnostic Center, Department of Pathology, Hospital Clinic - University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Neurological Tissue Bank of the Biobank, FCRB-IDIBAPS-Hospital Clinic Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

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Silvia Aznar Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario De Albacete, Albacete, Spain

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Cristina Lamas Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario De Albacete, Albacete, Spain

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Anna Aulinas Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, IR-SANT PAU, CIBERER U747 (ISCIII), Barcelona, Spain
Department of Medicine, Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, Vic, Spain

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Queralt Asla Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, IR-SANT PAU, CIBERER U747 (ISCIII), Barcelona, Spain
Department of Medicine, Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, Vic, Spain

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Paola Gracia Gimeno Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Royo Villanova, Zaragoza, Spain

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José María Recio-Córdova Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Royo Villanova, Zaragoza, Spain

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María Dolores Avilés-Pérez Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Clínico San Cecilio, Granada, Spain

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Diego Asensio-Wandosell Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Germans Trias i Pujol, Cataluña, Spain

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Miguel Sampedro-Núñez Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario La Princesa Madrid, Spain

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Rosa Cámara Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario y Politécnico La Fe, Valencia, Spain

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Miguel Paja Fano Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, OSI Bilbao-Basurto, Hospital Universitario de Basurto & University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Bilbao, Spain

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Ignacio Ruz-Caracuel Department of Pathology, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, IRYCIS & CIBER Cáncer (CIBERONC), Madrid, Spain

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Carmen Fajardo Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario La Ribera, Valencia, Spain

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Mónica Marazuela Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario La Princesa Madrid, Spain

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Manel Puig-Domingo Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Universitario Germans Trias i Pujol, Cataluña, Spain

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The objective of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of second-line therapies in patients with acromegaly caused by a growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (PRL) co-secreting pituitary neuroendocrine tumor (GH&PRL-Pit-NET) compared to their efficacy in patients with acromegaly caused by a GH-secreting pituitary neuroendocrine tumor (GH-Pit-NET). This is a multicenter retrospective study of patients with acromegaly on treatment with pasireotide and/or pegvisomant. Patients were classified in two groups: GH&PRL-Pit-NETs when evidence of hyperprolactinemia and immunohistochemistry (IHC) for GH and PRL was positive or if PRL were >200 ng/dL regardless of the PRL-IHC and GH-Pit-NETs when the previously mentioned criteria were not met. A total of 28 cases with GH&PRL-Pit-NETs and 122 with GH-Pit-NETs met the inclusion criteria. GH&PRL-Pit-NETs presented at a younger age, caused hypopituitarism, and were invasive more frequently than GH-Pit-NETs. There were 124 patients treated with pegvisomant and 49 with pasireotide at any time. The efficacy of pegvisomant for IGF-1 normalization was of 81.5% and of pasireotide of 71.4%. No differences in IGF-1 control with pasireotide and with pegvisomant were observed between GH&PRL-Pit-NETs and GH-Pit-NETs. All GH&PRL-Pit-NET cases treated with pasireotide (n = 6) and 82.6% (n = 19/23) of the cases treated with pegvisomant normalized PRL levels. No differences in the rate of IGF-1 control between pegvisomant and pasireotide were detected in patients with GH&PRL-Pit-NETs (84.9% vs 66.7%, P = 0.178). We conclude that despite the more aggressive behavior of GH&PRL-Pit-NETs than GH-Pit-NETs, no differences in the rate of IGF-1 control with pegvisomant and pasireotide were observed between both groups, and both drugs have shown to be effective treatments to control IGF-1 and PRL hypersecretion in these tumors.

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