hrp0092s7.1 | Adrenal Insufficiency: New Mechanisms, New Therapies | ESPE2019

Novel Interventions to Treat Adrenal Insufficiency

Guasti Leonardo

The generation of functional, long-lived adrenocortical cells through reprogramming from pluripotent stem cells or via lineage conversion strategies, could offer an alternative treatment modality for adrenal insufficiency (AI) due to a variety of causes, such as mutation in steroidogenic enzymes as seen in congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). The recent generation of human induced steroidogenic cells (hiSCs) from fibroblasts, blood- and urine-derived cells established from he...

hrp0086p1-p593 | Growth P1 | ESPE2016

The Mechanistic Role of Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21) in Growth Hormone Resistance Secondary to Chronic Childhood Conditions

Mistry Jayna , Ruiz-Babot Gerard , Guasti Leonardo , Dunkel Leo

Background: Both undernutrition and chronic inflammation impair linear growth through resistance to GH. Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) is known as an important regulator of the metabolic adaptation to fasting. Elevated expression of FGF21, secondary to prolonged undernutrition has been identified to develop GH resistance and subsequent attenuation of skeletal growth and growth plate chondrogenesis in both mice and human. However, the mechanism of FGF21&#1...

hrp0092fc15.4 | Late Breaking Abstracts | ESPE2019

Defects in the GnRH Neuroendocrine Network Affect the Timing of Puberty

Saengkaew Tansit , Mancini Alessandra , Ruiz-Babot Gerard , Cabrera Claudia , Barnes Michael , Dunkel Leo , Guasti Leonardo , Howard Sasha

Background: Self-limited delayed puberty (DP) is an extreme variant of normal pubertal timing and it often clusters in families. Although it is highly heritable and is the most common cause of delayed puberty, little is known about the genetic control. GnRH neuronal biology has been implicated as a key element in the pathogenesis of DP. By focusing on genes involved in GnRH neuron development, migration and function we may understand more about the genetic bas...

hrp0089ha1 | EAP1 mutations cause an impaired transcriptional activity on GnRH promoter that leads to self-limited delayed puberty | ESPE2018

EAP1 Mutations Cause an Impaired Transcriptional Activity on GnRH Promoter that Leads to Self-Limited Delayed Puberty

Mancini Alessandra , Howard Sasha R , Cabrera Claudia P , Barnes Michael R , Heger Sabine , Guasti Leonardo , Ojeda Sergio , Dunkel Leo

Background: The initiation of puberty is orchestrated by the augmentation in the secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) from a few thousand neurons located in the hypothalamus. Recent findings identified that the neuroendocrine control of puberty is regulated by a network of transcriptional factors hierarchically organized, but this still remains not fully elucidated. Enhanced At Puberty 1 (EAP1) is one of the main regulators of pubertal onset and it is ex...

hrp0086fc12.2 | Neuroendocrinology | ESPE2016

LGR4 and EAP1 Mutations are Implicated in the Phenotype of Self-limited Delayed Puberty

Mancini Alessandra , Howard Sasha R , Ruiz-Babot Gerard , Cabrera Claudia P , Barnes Michael R , Guasti Leonardo , Dunkel Leo

Background: Aberrations in the timing of puberty may result in significant adverse health outcomes, including cancers, cardiovascular and neurological pathologies. Self-limited delayed puberty (DP) (i.e. constitutional delay of puberty) runs in families with either autosomal dominant or complex inheritance patterns in >70% of families, indicating a strong genetic basis of the trait. However, only a few genes have been identified underlying DP so far....

hrp0092fc8.5 | Pituitary, Neuroendocrinology and Puberty Session 1 | ESPE2019

LGR4-Wnt β-Catenin Signalling Directs GnRH Network Development, with Defects Leading to Self-Limited Delayed Puberty

Mancini Alessandra , Howard Sasha R. , Cabrera Claudia P. , Barnes Michael R. , David Alessia , Wehkalampi Karoliina , Vassart Gilbert , Cariboni Anna , Garcia Marie Isabelle , Guasti Leonardo , Dunkel Leo

Background: The initiation of puberty is dependent upon an augmentation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion from the hypothalamus. Development of the GnRH neuroendocrine network in embryonic life depends on coordinated migration of neurons from the vomeronasal organ in the nose to the forebrain. We have previously demonstrated that dysregulation in GnRH neuronal migration leads to delayed pubertal onset. Late puberty affects up to 2% of the ...

hrp0086fc15.2 | Late Breaking | ESPE2016

Mutations in SGPL1, the Gene Encoding Sphingosine-1-Phosphate Lyase, Cause a Novel Form of Primary Adrenal Insufficiency with Steroid Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome

Prasad Rathi , Maharaj Avinaash , Meimaridou Eirini , VanVeldhoven Paul , Buonocore Federica , Barbagaleta Eliana , Bergada Ignacio , Cassinelli Hamilton , Das Urmi , Krone Ruth , Saleem Moin , Hacihamdioglu Bulent , Sari Erkan , Storr Helen , Achermann John , Guasti Leonardo , Braslavsky Debora , Guran Tulay , Ram Nanik , Metherell Lou

Background: Primary adrenal insufficiency (PAI) is most commonly congenital in children. PAI is genetically heterogeneous with some gene defects causing syndromic disease. A third of patients have no genetic diagnosis meaning their prognosis is uncertain. We recently investigated families with a novel combination of PAI and steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome.Objective and hypotheses: To discover the genetic defect underlying this syndrome.<p class=...

hrp0084ha1 | Mutations in IGSF10 cause Self-limited Delayed Puberty, via Effects on GnRH Neuronal Migration | ESPE2015

Mutations in IGSF10 cause Self-limited Delayed Puberty, via Effects on GnRH Neuronal Migration

Howard Sasha , Guasti Leonardo , Mancini Alessandra , David Alessia , Storr Helen , Metherell Louise , Sternberg Michael , Cabrera Claudia , Warren Helen , Barnes Michael , Wehkalampi Karoliina , Andre Valentina , Gothilf Yoav , Cariboni Anna , Dunkel Leo

Background: Timing of puberty is associated with height, cardiovascular health and cancer risk, with a significant public health impact. Previous studies estimate that 60–80% of variation in the timing of pubertal onset is genetically determined. Self-limited delayed puberty (DP) often segregates in an autosomal dominant pattern, but the underlying genetic background is unknown.Methods: We performed whole exome sequencing in 52 members of 7 families...

hrp0095p1-545 | Pituitary, Neuroendocrinology and Puberty | ESPE2022

X-Linked Central Precocious Puberty Associated with MECP2 defects

Canton Ana , Tinano Flavia , Guasti Leonardo , Montenegro Luciana , Ryan Fiona , Shears Deborah , Edna Melo Maria , Gomes Larissa , Piana Mariana , Brauner Raja , Espino Rafael , Escribano-Muñoz Arancha , Paganoni Alyssa , Korbonits Marta , Eduardo Seraphim Carlos , Faria Aline , Costa Silvia , Cristina Krepischi Ana , Jorge Alexander , David Alessia , Argente Jesús , Mendonca Berenice , Brito Vinicius , Howard Sasha , Claudia Latronico Ana

Background: Genetic causes of central precocious puberty (CPP) has been increasingly recognized, extending our knowledge of the triggering factors of human pubertal timing. Distinct etiologies remain to be elucidated in sporadic and familial cases. Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) is a chromatin-associated protein that can activate or repress gene transcription, playing a role in neuronal maturation. It is encoded by MECP2 gene located at chromoso...