Loss of heterozygosity of the MEN1 gene in a large series of TSH-secreting pituitary adenomas

C. Asteria, M. Anagni, L. Persani, P. Beck-Peccoz

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Thyrotropin-secreting pituitary adenomas (TSH-omas) are rare tumors (0.5% of all pituitary adenomas) showing an invasive behavior and usually sporadic, although a few cases are associated with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1), an autosomal dominant inherited syndrome. This disorder is linked to loss of heterozygosity (LOH) on 11q13 and inactivating mutations of MEN1 gene, which is located in the same chromosomal region. As other types of anterior pituitary adenomas, TSH-omas are the result of a monoclonal outgrowth where the intrinsic genetic defects involving oncogenes or tumor suppressor genes occur in a progenitor cell. However, so far no activating mutations of particular oncogenes or inactivating mutations of tumor suppressor genes have been identified. Starting from the observation that 3-30% of sporadic pituitary adenomas show LOH on 11q13, and that allelic losses on the long arms of chromosome 11, beside 10 and 13, are significantly associated with the transition from the non-invasive to the invasive phenotype, we decided to investigate LOH on 11q13 and mutations of menin in a large series of TSH-omas. Thirteen tumors were evaluated. DNA was extracted from tumors by standard methods and genomic DNA from peripheral blood leukocytes was used as control. LOH was screened by using 3 polymorphic markers on 11q13: D11S956, PYGM, INT-2. In 3 out of 15 cases we could demonstrate LOH on 11q13, but none of the tumors showed menin mutation after sequence analysis. These data strongly suggest that menin does not play a causative role in the development of TSH-omas, and are in agreement with other studies demonstrating a limited role of menin in pituitary sporadic tumorigenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)796-801
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Endocrinological Investigation
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • LOH
  • Menin
  • Sequence analysis
  • TSH-secreting pituitary adenomas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology


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