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Hélène Lasolle, Amandine Ferriere, Alexandre Vasiljevic, Sandrine Eimer, Marie-Laure Nunes, and Antoine Tabarin


Little data are available regarding the safety and efficacy of switching to Pasireotide-LAR monotherapy in acromegaly patients with partial resistance to first-generation somatostatin agonists (1gSRL) who require combination treatment with cabergoline or pegvisomant.


In this monocentric prospective study within a tertiary university hospital, 15 consecutive acromegalic adults partially resistant to 1gSRL treated with octreotide LAR or lanreotide SR, and cabergoline (n = 4, 3.5 mg/week) or pegvisomant (n = 11, median dose 100 mg/week), were switched to Pasireotide-LAR (8 with 40 mg/month; 7 with 60 mg/month). Immunohistochemical expression level of SSTR5 and the granulation pattern of nine somatotroph adenomas were retrospectively determined to test for a correlation with the therapeutic efficacy of Pasireotide-LAR.


Median IGF-1 concentration at the first evaluation (median 3 months) was similar to baseline (1.0 vs 1.1 ULN). 11/15 patients had IGF-1 levels ≤1.3 ULN before and after the switch but individual changes were variable. Hyperglycemia was frequent and greater in diabetic patients. 7/15 patients stopped Pasireotide-LAR due to lack of control of IGF-1 or intolerance. 8/15 patients received Pasireotide-LAR for a median of 29 months with IGF-1 levels ≤1.3 ULN and acceptable glucose tolerance (median HbA1c 6.1%). Two patients required initiation of oral antidiabetic treatment. The intensity of SSTR5 expression and the granulation pattern of adenomas were of limited value for the prediction of Pasireotide-LAR effectiveness.


Pasireotide-LAR may represent a suitable therapeutic alternative in a subset of acromegalic patients requiring combination therapy involving a 1gSRL

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Solène Castellnou, Alexandre Vasiljevic, Véronique Lapras, Véronique Raverot, Eudeline Alix, Françoise Borson-Chazot, Emmanuel Jouanneau, Gérald Raverot, and Hélène Lasolle


Somatostatin receptor type 5 (SST5) is inconsistently expressed by corticotroph tumors, with higher expression found in corticotropinomas having ubiquitin-specific protease 8 (USP8) mutations. Aims were to study the correlation between characteristics of corticotropinomas and SST5 expression/USP8 mutation status and to describe the response to pasireotide in five patients.


Retrospective cohort study.


Clinico-biochemical, radiological and pathological data of 62 patients, operated for a functioning or silent corticotropinoma between 2013 and 2017, were collected. SST5 expression was measured by immunohistochemistry (clone UMB-4, Abcam, IRS > 1 being considered positive), and Sanger sequencing was performed on 50 tumors to screen for USP8 mutations.


SST5 expression was positive in 26/62 pituitary tumors. A moderate or strong IRS was found in 15/58 corticotropinomas and in 13/35 functioning corticotropinomas. Among functioning tumors, those expressing SST5 were more frequent in women (22/24 vs 9/15, P = 0.04) and had a lower grade (P = 0.04) compared to others. USP8 mutations were identified in 13/50 pituitary tumors and were more frequent in functioning compared to silent tumors (11/30 vs 2/20, P = 0.05). SST5 expression was more frequent in USP8mut vs USP8wt tumors (10/11 vs 7/19, P = 0.007). Among treated patients, normal urinary free cortisol levels were obtained in three patients (IRS 0, 2 and 6), while a four-fold decrease was observed in one patient (IRS 4).


SST5 expression appears to be associated with functioning, USP8mut and lower grade corticotropinomas. A correlation between SST5 expression or USP8mut and response to pasireotide remains to be confirmed.