We evaluated the 24-h profile of serum melatonin (MT) in 16 patients with Cushing's syndrome (11 pituitary- and 5 adrenal-dependent) aged 38.1 +/- 13.8 years and in 19 patients with acromegaly due to GH-secreting pituitary adenoma aged 52 +/- 11.9 years. Thirty-three healthy subjects aged 30 +/- 7 years and 26 healthy subjects aged 59 +/- 12 years served as age-matched controls for the two groups of patients, respectively. All the patients had active disease and were off treatment; none had overt hypopituitarism. Blood drawings were collected at 08:00, 12:00, 16:00, 20:00, 22:00, 24:00, 02:00, 04:00 and 06:00 h in controls and patients. Serum MT, cortisol, GH and IGF-I were measured by specific RIA kits and ACTH by IRMA. Cosinor rhythmometry was employed for chronobiological analysis. The acromegalic patients displayed, as a whole group, higher 24-h mean MT levels with respect to age-matched controls (M +/- SD: 52.9 +/- 14.6 vs 32.9 +/- 8.0 pg/ml, p < 0.01) with normally synchronized MT profiles in 11/19 patients. No correlation was apparent between MT and either GH (24-h mean) or IGF-I. In the patients with Cushing's syndrome the circadian profile of serum MT was maintained in 10/16 cases; serum MT levels were comparable to those of controls (48.8 +/- 14.0 vs 50.0 +/- 16.0 pg/ml, NS) without any difference between pituitary- and adrenal-dependent forms. No correlation was found between MT and either ACTH or cortisol levels.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Circadian profile of serum melatonin in patients with Cushing's syndrome or acromegaly.

TERZOLO, Massimo;REIMONDO, Giuseppe Matteo;PACCOTTI, Piero;ANGELI, Alberto
1995

Abstract

We evaluated the 24-h profile of serum melatonin (MT) in 16 patients with Cushing's syndrome (11 pituitary- and 5 adrenal-dependent) aged 38.1 +/- 13.8 years and in 19 patients with acromegaly due to GH-secreting pituitary adenoma aged 52 +/- 11.9 years. Thirty-three healthy subjects aged 30 +/- 7 years and 26 healthy subjects aged 59 +/- 12 years served as age-matched controls for the two groups of patients, respectively. All the patients had active disease and were off treatment; none had overt hypopituitarism. Blood drawings were collected at 08:00, 12:00, 16:00, 20:00, 22:00, 24:00, 02:00, 04:00 and 06:00 h in controls and patients. Serum MT, cortisol, GH and IGF-I were measured by specific RIA kits and ACTH by IRMA. Cosinor rhythmometry was employed for chronobiological analysis. The acromegalic patients displayed, as a whole group, higher 24-h mean MT levels with respect to age-matched controls (M +/- SD: 52.9 +/- 14.6 vs 32.9 +/- 8.0 pg/ml, p < 0.01) with normally synchronized MT profiles in 11/19 patients. No correlation was apparent between MT and either GH (24-h mean) or IGF-I. In the patients with Cushing's syndrome the circadian profile of serum MT was maintained in 10/16 cases; serum MT levels were comparable to those of controls (48.8 +/- 14.0 vs 50.0 +/- 16.0 pg/ml, NS) without any difference between pituitary- and adrenal-dependent forms. No correlation was found between MT and either ACTH or cortisol levels.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
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TERZOLO M ;PIOVESAN A ;ALÌ A ;CODEGONE A ;PIA A ;REIMONDO G ;TORTA M ;PACCOTTI P ;BORRETTA G ;ANGELI A
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