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The use of variations in proteomes to predict, prevent, and personalize treatment for clinically nonfunctional pituitary adenomas

The use of variations in proteomes to predict, prevent, and personalize treatment for clinically nonfunctional pituitary adenomas,10.1007/s13167-010-0

The use of variations in proteomes to predict, prevent, and personalize treatment for clinically nonfunctional pituitary adenomas   (Citations: 2)
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Pituitary adenomas account for ∼10% of intracranial tumors, and they cause the compression of nearby structures and the inappropriate expression of pituitary hormones. Unlike functional pituitary adenomas, nonfunctional (NF) pituitary adenomas account for ∼30% of pituitary tumors, and are large enough to cause blindness; because they do not cause any clinical hormone hypersecretion, they are difficult to detect at an early stage; and hypopituitarism results. No effective molecular biomarkers or chemical therapy have been approved for the clinical setting. Because an NF pituitary adenoma is highly heterogeneous, differences in the proteins (the proteome) can distinguish among those heterogeneity structures. The components of a proteome dynamically change as an NF adenoma progresses. Changes in protein expression and protein modifications, individually or in combination, might be biomarkers to predict the disease, monitor the tumor progression, and develop an accurate molecular classification for personalized patient treatment. The modalities of proteomic variation might also be useful in the interventional prevention and personalized treatment of patients to halt the occurrence and progression of NF pituitary adenomas.
Journal: The Epma Journal , vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 439-459, 2010
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