Somatostatin Analogs in Acromegaly
In vitro, native somatostatin retains its inhibitory effect on GH secretion in many GH-secreting tumors, and this led to the development of analogs of somatostatin for clinical use in the treatment of acromegaly 1).
The two analogs of somatostatin available for clinical use are the cyclic octapeptides octreotide (Dphe-cys-phe-Dtrp-lys-thr-cys-thr-ol) and lanreotide (Dnal-cys-tyr-Dtrp-lys-val-cys-thr) (1, 5–7). Octreotide is the only analog currently available for clinical use in the treatment of acromegaly in the United States.
Clinically available somatostatin analogs control GH or IGF-I excess in about 50–60% of patients whether used as primary or secondary therapy. Signs and symptoms of the disease improve in most patients. Tumor shrinkage occurs with somatostatin analogs used as adjunctive therapy in about 30% of patients and with their use as primary therapy in about 48% of patients. The shrinkage in most patients is greater than 20%, but less than 50% of tumor size 2).
Current data suggest that response to these drugs is better analyzed by taking together biochemical and tumoral effects because only the absence of both responses might be considered as a poor response or resistance. This latter evidence seems to occur in 25% of treated patients after 12 months of currently available long-acting SA 3).
Somatostatin analogues may be used when complete recovery cannot be achieved by surgical excision of GH-secreting pituitary adenomas or the patient declines surgery. This position statement is established based on the consensus of opinion among experts and evidence from published data regarding the use of somatostatin analogs in patients with acromegaly. However, this position statement cannot be considered as complete, given the clinical characteristics of acromegaly and the absence of large-scale clinical data in Korea; at this time, the clinical judgment of the physician should take precedence over this statement. This position statement will be revised as needed when additional data for Korean patients become available 4).
Shao et al. retrospectively analyzed the effects of SSAs on lipid profiles and associated cardiovascular risk factors in a cohort of 120 newly diagnosed acromegaly patients. In this study, 69 females and 51 males were included. These patients were treated with either octreotide LAR (OCT) or lanreotide SR (LAN) for 3 months. After Somatostatin Analogs treatment, both GH and IGF-1 significantly decreased (p<0.001). Triglyceride (TG), total to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) ratio, and lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] levels were significantly decreased, while HDL-C levels were increased (p<0.05). The reduction of mean serum GH (GHm) was positively associated with the decrease of TG (r=0.305, p=0.001) and Lp(a) (r=0.257, p=0.005), as well as the increase of HDL-C (r=-0.355, p<0.001). The changes of lipid profiles were observed only in OCT group, but not in LAN group. In addition, systolic blood pressure (SBP) had significantly declined after SSAs treatment, with an average reduction of 4.4 mmHg (126.7±1.28 vs. 122.3±1.44 mmHg, p=0.003), while no change was observed regarding diastolic blood pressure (DBP) (p>0.05). Fasting insulin, fasting C-peptide, and HOMA-IR were significantly decreased after SSAs treatment. In conclusion, the study revealed that short-term SSAs treatment improves lipid profiles and other cardiovascular risk factors in patients with acromegaly 5).