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Molecular genetics of the aip gene in familial pituitary tumorigenesis

Asil Tahir, Harvinder S Chahal, Márta Korbonits
Progress in Brain Research 2010, 182: 229-53
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Pituitary adenomas usually occur as sporadic tumors, but familial cases are now increasingly identified. As opposed to multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 and Carney complex, in familial isolated pituitary adenoma (FIPA) syndrome no other disease is associated with the familial occurrence of pituitary adenomas. It is an autosomal dominant disease with incomplete variable penetrance. Approximately 20% of patients with FIPA harbour germline mutations in the aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) gene located on 11q13. Patients with AIP mutations have an overwhelming predominance of somatotroph and lactotroph adenomas, which often present in childhood or young adulthood. AIP, originally identified as a molecular co-chaperone of several nuclear receptors, is thought to act as a tumor suppressor gene; overexpression of wild-type, but not mutant AIP, reduces cell proliferation while knockdown of AIP stimulates it. AIP is shown to bind various proteins, including the aryl hydrocarbon receptor, Hsp90, phosphodiesterases, survivin, RET and the glucocorticoid receptor, but currently it is not clear which interaction has the leading role in pituitary tumorigenesis. This chapter summarizes the available clinical and molecular data regarding the role of AIP in the pituitary gland.

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