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See detailAdénomes hypophysaires familiaux
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2010, February 27)

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See detailRisk factors and causes of death in MEN1 disease. A GTE (Groupe d'Etude des Tumeurs Endocrines) cohort study among 758 patients.
Goudet, P.; Murat, A.; Binquet, C. et al

in World Journal of Surgery (2010), 34(2), 249-255

Background - The natural history of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is known through single-institution or single-family studies. We aimed to analyze the risk factors and causes of death in a ... [more ▼]

Background - The natural history of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is known through single-institution or single-family studies. We aimed to analyze the risk factors and causes of death in a large cohort of MEN1 patients. Methods - Overall, 758 symptomatic MEN1 patients were identified through the GTE network (Groupe d’étude des Tumeurs Endocrines), which involves French and Belgian genetics laboratories responsible for MEN1 diagnosis and 80 clinical reference centers. The causes of death were analyzed. A frailty model, including time-dependent variables, was used to assess the impact of each clinical lesion, except for hyperparathyroidism, on survival. Results - The median follow-up was 6.3 years. Female gender, family history of MEN1, and recent diagnosis were associated with a lower risk of death. Compared with nonaffected patients, those with thymic tumors (hazard ratio [HR] = 4.64, 95% CI = 1.73-12.41), glucagonomas–vipomas–somatostatinomas (HR = 4.29, 95% CI = 1.54-11.93), nonfunctioning pancreatic tumors (HR = 3.43, 95% CI = 1.71-6.88), and gastrinoma (HR = 1.89, 95% CI = 1.09-3.25) had a higher risk of death after adjustment for age, gender, and diagnosis period. The increased risk of death among patients with adrenal tumors was not significant, but three patients died from aggressive adrenal tumors. Pituitary tumors, insulinomas, and bronchial tumors did not increase the risk of death. The proportion of MEN1-related deaths decreased from 76.8 to 71.4% after 1990. Conclusions - The prognosis of MEN1 disease has improved since 1980. Thymic tumors and duodenopancreatic tumors, including nonsecreting pancreatic tumors, increased the risk of death. Rare but aggressive adrenal tumors may also cause death. Most deaths were related to MEN1. New recommendations on abdominal and thoracic imaging are required. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of germline AIP, MEN1, PRKAR1A, CDKN1B and CDKN2C mutations in causing pituitary adenomas in a large cohort of children, adolescents, and patients with genetic syndromes.
Stratakis, C. A.; Tichomirowa, M. A.; Boikos, S. et al

in Clinical Genetics (2010)

The role of germline AIP, MEN1, PRKAR1A, CDKN1B and CDKN2C mutations in causing pituitary adenomas in a large cohort of children, adolescents, and patients with genetic syndromes. The prevalence of ... [more ▼]

The role of germline AIP, MEN1, PRKAR1A, CDKN1B and CDKN2C mutations in causing pituitary adenomas in a large cohort of children, adolescents, and patients with genetic syndromes. The prevalence of germline mutations in MEN1, AIP, PRKAR1A, CDKN1B and CDKN2CI is unknown among pediatric patients with pituitary adenomas (PA). In this study, we screened children with PA for mutations in these genes; somatic GNAS mutations were also studied in a limited number of growth hormone (GH) or prolactin (PRL)-secreting PA. We studied 74 and 6 patients with either isolated Cushing disease (CD) or GH- or PRL-secreting PA, respectively. We also screened four pediatric patients with CD, and four with GH/PRL-secreting tumors who had some syndromic features. There was one AIP mutation (p.Lys103Arg) among 74 CD patients. Two MEN1 mutations that occurred in patients with recurrent or difficult-to-treat disease were found among patients with CD. There was one MEN1 and three AIP mutations (p.Gln307ProfsX104, p.Pro114fsX, p.Lys241X) among pediatric patients with isolated GH- or PRL-secreting PA and one additional MEN1 mutation in a patient with positive family history. There were no mutations in the PRKAR1A, CDKN1B, CDKN2C or GNAS genes. Thus, germline AIP or MEN1 gene mutations are frequent among pediatric patients with GH- or PRL-secreting PA but are significantly rarer in pediatric CD; PRKAR1A mutations are not present in PA outside of Carney complex. [less ▲]

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See detailScreening for AIP mutations in young patients with pituitary macroadenomas
Jaffrain-Réa, M. L.; Tichomirova, M.; Angelini, M. et al

in 5° Incontro Italiano Malattie Ipotalamo Ipofisarie (2010, January)

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See detailFamilial pituitary adenomas
vandeva, s; Vasilev, V.; Vroonen, Laurent ULg et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2010), 71

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See detailClinical characteristics and therapeutic responses in patients with Germ-line AIP mutations and pituitary adenomas : An international collaborative study
Daly, Adrian ULg; Tichomirowa, Maria A.; Petrossians, Patrick ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (2010), 95(11),

Context: AIP mutations (AIPmut) give rise to a pituitary adenoma predisposition that occurs in familial isolated pituitary adenomas and less often in sporadic cases. The clinical and therapeutic features ... [more ▼]

Context: AIP mutations (AIPmut) give rise to a pituitary adenoma predisposition that occurs in familial isolated pituitary adenomas and less often in sporadic cases. The clinical and therapeutic features of AIPmut-associated pituitary adenomas have not been studied comprehensively. <br />Objective: The objective of the study was to assess clinical/therapeutic characteristics of AIPmut pituitary adenomas. <br />Design: This study was an international, multicenter, retrospective case collection/database analysis. <br />Setting: The study was conducted at 36 tertiary referral endocrine and clinical genetics departments. <br />Patients: Patients included 96 patients with germline AIPmut and pituitary adenomas and 232 matched AIPmut-negative acromegaly controls. <br />Results: The AIPmut population was predominantly young and male (63.5%); first symptoms occurred as children/adolescents in 50%. At diagnosis, most tumors were macroadenomas (93.3%); extension and invasion was common. Somatotropinomas comprised 78.1% of the cohort; there were also prolactinomas (n = 13), nonsecreting adenomas (n = 7), and a TSH-secreting adenoma. AIPmut somatotropinomas were larger (P = 0.00026), with higher GH levels (P = 0.00068), more frequent extension (P = 0.018) and prolactin cosecretion (P = 0.00023), and occurred 2 decades before controls (P < 0.000001). Gigantism was more common in the AIPmut group (P < 0.000001). AIPmut somatotropinoma patients underwent more surgical interventions (P = 0.00069) and had lower decreases in GH (P = 0.00037) and IGF-I (P = 0.028) and less tumor shrinkage with somatostatin analogs (P < 0.00001) vs. controls. AIPmut prolactinomas occurred generally in young males and frequently required surgery or radiotherapy. <br />Conclusions: AIPmut pituitary adenomas have clinical features that may negatively impact treatment efficacy. Predisposition for aggressive disease in young patients, often in a familial setting, suggests that earlier diagnosis of AIPmut pituitary adenomas may have clinical utility. [less ▲]

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See detailLe tabac et ses effets sur le système endocrinien
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; VROONEN, Laurent ULg; Latta, A. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2010), 65(9), 498-501

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See detailYoung patients with sporadic pituitary macroadenomas as target population of AIP mutation screening
Tichomirova, M.; Daly, Adrian ULg; Beckers, Albert ULg

in 12th European Congress of Endocrinology - ICE 2010 (2010)

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See detailConcepts actuels de l'hyperaldostéronisme primaire
Vroonen, Laurent ULg; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Hamoir, Etienne ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2010), 65(10), 583-587

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See detailComment j'EXPLORE ... un hypogonadisme hypogonadotrope congenital isole
Valdes-Socin, H.; Debray, François-Guillaume ULg; Parent, Anne-Simone ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2010), 65(11), 634-41

Congenital Isolated hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (CIHH) is caused by an inherited mechanism of impairment of the pituitary-gonadal axis, interfering with gonads' control. Currently, different forms of ... [more ▼]

Congenital Isolated hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (CIHH) is caused by an inherited mechanism of impairment of the pituitary-gonadal axis, interfering with gonads' control. Currently, different forms of HHCI with (Kallmann syndrome or KS) or without anosmia-hyposmia are known. There are six forms of KS already described but in several cases no genetic mutation is found. The genetic anomalies already described are: KAL1 (locus Xp23) coding for anosmine-1, KAL-2 or FGFRI (8p11. locus 2 - p11.1) coding for Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 1 (FGFR1), KAL4 or PROk2 (locus 3p21.1) and KAL3 or ProKR2 (locus 20p13) coding respectively for the Prokinecitin-2 and its receptor, KAL5 or CHD7 (locus_8q12.1) coding for a chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein-7 gene (CHD7) and lastly KAL6 or FGF8 (10Q 24 loci) coding for Fibroblast Growth Factor 8. The other genetic anomalies without anosmia are less frequent. These are associated either with Gnrhl gene (8p2-11. 2), GnRHR (4q21.2), GPR54 (19p13),TAC3R or neurokinine receptor 3 (4 q 25), LH (19q13.32) or FSH (11p13). The isolated congenital hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism phenotype is variable depending on gender, the importance of the deficit, and ultimately, according to a specific regulatory mechanism of the axis, affected by an inherited genetic anomaly. In this review, we describe the essential aspects of the different phenotypes and genotypes of HHCI, in order to assess clinicians an early disease's diagnosis and management. [less ▲]

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See detailThe ratio of PTH as measured by third and second generation assays as a marker for parathyroid carcinoma
Cavalier, Etienne ULg; Daly, Adrian ULg; Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in 12th European Congress of Endocrinology - ICE 2010 (2010)

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See detailGenetic Factors in the Development of Pituitary Adenomas.
Vandeva, S.; Tichomirowa, M. A.; Zacharieva, S. et al

in Endocrine Development (2010), 17

Pituitary adenomas are one of the most frequent intracranial tumors. Usually, they are benign but are of great clinical significance because of tumor compression syndrome and hormone overproduction. The ... [more ▼]

Pituitary adenomas are one of the most frequent intracranial tumors. Usually, they are benign but are of great clinical significance because of tumor compression syndrome and hormone overproduction. The interest in this pathology is increasing, particularly after some recent reports on their prevalence that proved to be 3-5 times more than previously estimated. Pituitary tumors arise in a sporadic setting and rarely as part of hereditary genetic syndromes. Such rare hereditary conditions like MEN1, Carney complex and McCune-Albright syndrome give significant insight into pituitary tumorigenesis. Newer genes associated pituitary tumor development include CDKN1B (MEN4) and AIP, the latter of which is involved in the pathophysiology of 15% of FIPA kindreds. The number of genes involved in pituitary tumorigenesis is progressively increasing and the possible mechanisms of action include signal transduction pathways, cell cycle regulators, growth factors, chromosome instability and others. Nevertheless, in the majority of sporadic adenomas, the primary genetic defect remains unknown. Furthermore, there is not a well established relationship between the genotype and its influence on the protein expression, ligand-receptor interaction, tumor growth or hormone hyperproduction. Further studies should evaluate the clinical significance of genetic alterations and their implications for existing and new therapeutic options. [less ▲]

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See detailCancer de la parathyroïde
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2009, December 17)

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See detailLe Secret des Géants
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2009, December 16)

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See detailThe genetics in Cushing's syndrome
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2009, December)

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See detailPrise en charge du Prolactinome en 2009
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2009, November 27)

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See detailPrise en charge des Prolactinomes en 2009
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2009, November 14)

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See detailAggressive pituitary adenomas occurring in young patients in a large Polynesian kindred with a germline R271W mutation in the AIP gene.
Jennings, J. E.; Georgitsi, M.; Holdaway, I. et al

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2009), 161(5), 799-804

OBJECTIVE: Mutations in the aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) were recently shown to confer a pituitary adenoma predisposition in patients with familial isolated pituitary adenomas (FIPA ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Mutations in the aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) were recently shown to confer a pituitary adenoma predisposition in patients with familial isolated pituitary adenomas (FIPA). We report a large Samoan FIPA kindred from Australia/New Zealand with an R271W mutation that was associated with aggressive pituitary tumors. DESIGN AND METHODS: Case series with germline screening of AIP and haplotype analyses among R271W families. RESULTS: This previously unreported kindred consisted of three affected individuals that either presented with or had first symptoms of a pituitary macroadenoma in late childhood or adolescence. The index case, a 15-year-old male with incipient gigantism and his maternal aunt, had somatotropinomas, and the maternal uncle of the index case had a prolactinoma. All tumors were large (15, 40, and 60 mm maximum diameter) and two required transcranial surgery and radiotherapy. All three affected subjects and ten other unaffected relatives were found to be positive for a germline R271W AIP mutation. Comparison of the single nucleotide polymorphism patterns among this family and two previously reported European FIPA families with the same R271W mutation demonstrated no common ancestry. CONCLUSIONS: This kindred exemplifies the aggressive features of pituitary adenomas associated with AIP mutations, while genetic analyses among three R271W FIPA families indicate that R271W represents a mutational hotspot that should be studied further in functional studies. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidemiology and familiarity
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2009, November)

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See detailTumor ZAC1 expression is associated with the response to somatostatin analog therapy in patients with acromegaly.
Theodoropoulou, Marily; Tichomirowa, Maria A; Sievers, Caroline et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (2009), 125(9), 2122-6

Somatostatin analogs (SSA) with their potent antisecretory and antiproliferative effects are the main medical treatment option for patients with neuroendocrine tumors, such as gastroenteropancreatic and ... [more ▼]

Somatostatin analogs (SSA) with their potent antisecretory and antiproliferative effects are the main medical treatment option for patients with neuroendocrine tumors, such as gastroenteropancreatic and acromegaly-associated growth hormone secreting pituitary tumors. Although a good portion of acromegalic patients gets normalized after SSA treatment, strict hormonal control is not achieved in a sizeable proportion of these patients. The reasons for this incomplete response to SSA treatment are unclear. We have found that the tumor suppressor ZAC1 (LOT1/PLAGL1) is essential for the antiproliferative effect of SSA in pituitary tumor cells. The aim of the present retrospective cohort study was to determine whether ZAC1 immunoreactivity in archival somatotrophinoma tissue derived from 45 patients with acromegaly routinely pretreated with SSA before surgery, was associated with response to SSA (normalization of GH, IGF-I and presence of tumor shrinkage). All tumors displayed ZAC1 immunoreactivity [weak (+; n = 15), moderate (++; n = 16) and strong (+++; n = 14)]. A significant positive correlation was found between strong ZAC1 immunoreactivity and IGF-I normalization and presence of tumor shrinkage after SSA treatment, which was not affected by age at diagnosis, gender or duration of SSA treatment. These in vivo data combined with the antiproliferative properties of ZAC1/Zac1 provide evidence of a mechanistic role for this transcription factor on SSA induced tumor shrinkage and hormone normalization. [less ▲]

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