Familial acromegaly due to aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) gene mutation in a Turkish cohort

Niyazoglu M., Sayitoglu M., Firtina S., Hatipoglu E., Gazioglu N., Kadioglu P.

PITUITARY, vol.17, no.3, pp.220-226, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11102-013-0493-1
  • Journal Name: PITUITARY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.220-226
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) is associated with 15-20 % of familial isolated pituitary adenomas and 50-80 % of cases with AIP mutation exhibit a somatotropinoma. Herein we report clinical characteristics of a large family where AIP R304X variants have been identified. AIP mutation analysis was performed on a large (n = 52) Turkish family across six generations. Sella MRIs of 30 family members were obtained. Basal pituitary hormone levels were evaluated in 13 family members harboring an AIP mutation. Thirteen of 52 family members (25 %) were found to have a heterozygous nonsense germline R304X mutation in the AIP gene. Seven of the 13 mutation carriers (53.8 %) had current or previous history of pituitary adenoma. Of these 7 mutation carriers, all but one had somatotropinoma/somatolactotropinoma (85.7 % of the pituitary adenomas). Of the 6 acromegaly patients with AIP mutation (F/M: 3/3) the mean age at diagnosis of acromegaly was 32 +/- A 10.3 years while the mean age of symptom onset was 24.8 +/- A 9.9 years. Three of the six (50 %) acromegaly cases with AIP mutation within the family presented with a macroadenoma and none presented with gigantism. Biochemical disease control was achieved in 66.6 % (4/6) of the mutation carriers with acromegaly after a mean follow-up period of 18.6 +/- A 17.6 years. Common phenotypic characteristics of familial pituitary adenoma or somatotropinoma due to AIP mutation vary between families or even between individuals within a family.