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Synthesis and secretion of insulin-like growth factor II by a leiomyosarcoma with associated hypoglycemia.

We describe a case of recurrent hypoglycemia apparently caused by secretion of insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II) by a leiomyosarcoma. A 67-year-old woman presented with recurrent severe hypoglycemia and a large mass in the thorax. During hypoglycemia, plasma cortisol was elevated, but insulin and growth hormone levels were low. After resection of a large leiomyosarcoma, the hypoglycemia resolved. After an eight-year remission, both the tumor and symptomatic hypoglycemia recurred. During a second operation a second large tumor was removed, with relief of the patient's hypoglycemia. The tumor contained high concentrations of IGF-II mRNA and 2100 ng of IGF-II immunoreactive peptide per gram. Filtration through a BioGel P-60 gel column established that 77 percent of the IGF-II was present as a larger molecule, demonstrating incomplete processing of the pro-IGF-II peptides. A similar fraction of high-molecular-weight IGF-II was present in the serum, indicating that the tumor was the chief source of IGF-II. The high-molecular-weight IGF-II found in both the tumor and serum was fully reactive with the IGF-II receptor. Radioimmunoassay showed that the concentrations of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) in tumor and serum were low, suggesting feedback inhibition of growth hormone secretion by IGF-II. Eight months after reoperation, plasma concentrations of IGF-I and IGF-II were normal, and high-molecular-weight IGF-II was virtually undetectable. We conclude that the most likely cause of this patient's recurrent hypoglycemia was IGF-II produced by the leiomyosarcoma.[1]


  1. Synthesis and secretion of insulin-like growth factor II by a leiomyosarcoma with associated hypoglycemia. Daughaday, W.H., Emanuele, M.A., Brooks, M.H., Barbato, A.L., Kapadia, M., Rotwein, P. N. Engl. J. Med. (1988) [Pubmed]
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