Dysregulation in IGF-1R, FGFR4 and βKlotho signaling in patients with medullary thyroid cancer.

  Vol. 40 (1) 2019 Neuro endocrinology letters Journal Article   2019; 40(1): 29-35 PubMed PMID:  31184820    Citation

BACKGROUND: Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) is a relatively rare thyroid neoplasm derived from neuroendocrine C cells which secrete calcitonin. αKlotho (αKL) and βKlotho (βKL) are transmembrane proteins which modulate different signaling systems, such as endocrine FGFs and IGF1 pathways. Dysregulation of the FGF19/FGFR4/βKL and IGF-1/IGF-1R/αKL signaling axes has been implicated in the pathogenesis of several cancers. However, their role in the pathogenesis of MTC has not been determined. METHODS: The aim of this study was to assess αKL, βKL, FGF19, IGF-1, FGFR4, and IGF-1R concentrations in a group of 11 patients with medullary thyroid cancer (MTC). The control group consisted of 20 healthy volunteers. Serum concentrations of these factors were measured using specific ELISA methods. RESULTS: Significantly lower concentrations of βKL and higher concentrations of FGFR4 and IGF-1R were found in patients with MTC as compared to controls. CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicate that a disrupted signaling pathway for βKL, FGFR4 and IGF-1R may play a role in the development of medullary thyroid cancers. However, further studies are required to confirm these findings and to use this knowledge in clinical practice.

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