Treatment With Recombinant Human Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 Improves Growth in Patients With PAPP-A2 Deficiency

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Pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A2 (PAPP-A2) is a metalloproteinase that specifically cleaves IGFBP-3 and IGFBP-5. Mutations in the PAPP-A2 gene have recently been shown to cause postnatal growth failure in humans, with specific skeletal features, due to the resulting decrease in IGF-1 bioavailability. However, a pharmacological treatment of this entity is yet to be established.

Case Description:

A 10.5-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, siblings from a Spanish family, with short stature due to a homozygous loss-of-function mutation in the PAPP-A2 gene (p.D643fs25*) and undetectable PAPP-A2 activity, were treated with progressive doses (40, 80, 100, and 120 μg/kg) of recombinant human IGF-1 (rhIGF-1) twice daily for 1 year. There was a clear increase in growth velocity and height in both siblings. Bioactive IGF-1 was increased, and spontaneous GH secretion was diminished after acute administration of rhIGF-1, whereas serum total IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 levels remained elevated. No episodes of hypoglycemia or any other secondary effects were observed during treatment.


Short-term treatment with rhIGF-1 improves growth in patients with PAPP-A2 deficiency.

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