Purpose Conventional (CONV) treatment of adrenal insufficiency (AI) is associated with risk of overtreatment: glyco-metabolic impairment, bone loss, and reduced quality of life. Recent findings suggest that modified-release hydrocortisone (MOD) may restore a more physiological cortisol profile. Our aims were: (1) to compare the gene expression profile of peripheral blood mononuclear cells derived from patients, with secondary AI (SAI), under CONV (cortisone acetate or hydrocortisone) or MOD versus healthy controls; and (2) to evaluate MOD effects on serum cortisol profile, glucose, lipid, bone, and clinical parameters.Methods Thirteen patients with SAI were switched from CONV to MOD at equivalent dose. Area under curve (AUC) of both formulations was calculated in six patients. Clinical, metabolic and bone parameters were measured at baseline and 3 months after MOD in all patients. In six patients and six age- and sex-matched healthy controls, a whole-genome expression analysis was performed at baseline, 1 month, and 3 months after MOD.Results (1) The number of genes differentially expressed (n = 235; mainly involved in immune response and metabolism) in SAI patients compared to controls progressively and significantly decreased switching from CONV to MOD (n = 78 at 3 months). (2) Under MOD: AUC of cortisol exposure tended to be smaller and cortisol levels showed a more physiological profile; no significant changes of clinical, metabolic and bone parameters were observed, likely due to the short follow-up, but triglycerides tended slightly to increase.Conclusions MOD may restore a normal gene expression profile as soon as 1 month after switching from CONV.

Preliminary results from whole-genome expression analysis in patients with secondary adrenal insufficiency treated with modified-release hydrocortisone

Bassi, Cristian;Negrini, Massimo;Ferracin, Manuela
Penultimo
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2021

Abstract

Purpose Conventional (CONV) treatment of adrenal insufficiency (AI) is associated with risk of overtreatment: glyco-metabolic impairment, bone loss, and reduced quality of life. Recent findings suggest that modified-release hydrocortisone (MOD) may restore a more physiological cortisol profile. Our aims were: (1) to compare the gene expression profile of peripheral blood mononuclear cells derived from patients, with secondary AI (SAI), under CONV (cortisone acetate or hydrocortisone) or MOD versus healthy controls; and (2) to evaluate MOD effects on serum cortisol profile, glucose, lipid, bone, and clinical parameters.Methods Thirteen patients with SAI were switched from CONV to MOD at equivalent dose. Area under curve (AUC) of both formulations was calculated in six patients. Clinical, metabolic and bone parameters were measured at baseline and 3 months after MOD in all patients. In six patients and six age- and sex-matched healthy controls, a whole-genome expression analysis was performed at baseline, 1 month, and 3 months after MOD.Results (1) The number of genes differentially expressed (n = 235; mainly involved in immune response and metabolism) in SAI patients compared to controls progressively and significantly decreased switching from CONV to MOD (n = 78 at 3 months). (2) Under MOD: AUC of cortisol exposure tended to be smaller and cortisol levels showed a more physiological profile; no significant changes of clinical, metabolic and bone parameters were observed, likely due to the short follow-up, but triglycerides tended slightly to increase.Conclusions MOD may restore a normal gene expression profile as soon as 1 month after switching from CONV.
2021
Pilli, Tania; Cardinale, Sandro; Cantara, Silvia; Dalmazio, Gilda; Forleo, Raffaella; Capezzone, Marco; Bassi, Cristian; Negrini, Massimo; Ferracin, M...espandi
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