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CONTEXT Mutations have been identified in the aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) gene in familial isolated pituitary adenomas (FIPA). It is not clear, however, how this molecular chaperone is involved in tumorigenesis. OBJECTIVE AIP sequence changes and expression were studied in FIPA and sporadic adenomas. The function of normal and(More)
The cell cycle is the process by which cells grow, replicate their genome and divide. The cell cycle control system is a cyclically-operating biochemical device constructed from a set of interacting proteins that induce and coordinate proper progression through the cycle, and includes cyclins, cyclin-dependent kinases (CDK) and their inhibitors (CDKI).(More)
OBJECTIVE It has been reported that both normal pituitary and pituitary tumours express PPAR-gamma, a nuclear hormone receptor, the expression being more abundant in pituitary tumours, and that this is the basis for the reported antiproliferative effects of the thiazolidinedione, rosiglitazone, in animal models. However, the mechanisms for the responsivity(More)
CONTEXT Familial isolated pituitary adenoma (FIPA) due to aryl hydrocarbon receptor interacting protein (AIP) gene mutations is an autosomal dominant disease with incomplete penetrance. Clinical screening of apparently unaffected AIP mutation (AIPmut) carriers could identify previously unrecognized disease. OBJECTIVE To determine the AIP mutational status(More)
The CDK inhibitor p27 plays a pivotal role in controlling cell proliferation during development, and has been implicated in tumorigenesis. Previous studies have demonstrated changes in p27 protein expression, but not in mRNA levels, in human pituitary tumors. It seems probable that the fall in p27 is due to increased degradation through the(More)
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor interacting protein (AIP) founder mutation R304* (or p.R304* ; NM_003977.3:c.910C>T, p.Arg304Ter) identified in Northern Ireland (NI) predisposes to acromegaly/gigantism; its population health impact remains unexplored. We measured R304* carrier frequency in 936 Mid Ulster, 1,000 Greater Belfast (both in NI) and 2,094 Republic(More)
Pituitary tumours are benign neoplasms that may cause major endocrine dysfunction. Transgenic disruption of the cell cycle machinery frequently leads to pituitary adenoma formation in animal models. The molecular analysis of human pituitary tumours has found various alterations in the expression of cell cycle regulators: cyclins, cyclin-dependent kinases(More)
The molecular analysis of pituitary tumours has received a great deal of attention, although the majority of studies have concentrated on the genome and the transcriptome. We aimed to study the proteome of human pituitary adenomas. A protein array using 1005 monoclonal antibodies was used to study GH-, corticotrophin- and prolactin-secreting as well as(More)
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) consists in severe cognitive and mood changes, more aggressive as seen in premenstrual syndrome (PMS). These two syndromes are situated at the border between gynecology and psychiatry but the link between the two domains remains the neuroendocrine underlying mechanisms. In present, there are some molecular systems(More)
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