Evaluation of FKBP5 as a cortisol activity biomarker in patients with ACTH-dependent Cushing syndrome.
J Clin Transl Endocrinol
genomics; washington; seattle; swedish neuro
Purpose: To evaluate the performance of FKBP5 as a cortisol activity biomarker in patients with ACTH-dependent Cushing syndrome (CS).
Methods: This was a prospective, multicenter, nonrandomized, noninterventional study of a cortisol activity biomarker in adult patients (≥18 years) with documented ACTH-dependent, endogenous CS. The impact of surgery on FKBP5 mRNA expression levels in these patients and the difference in expression levels between these patients and healthy controls were evaluated. Cortisol and biomarker samples were collected before and immediately after surgery. A custom NanoString assay was used to quantify FKBP5 mRNA expression levels. The same method was used to analyze healthy volunteer samples collected from a different study.
Results: Surgery was considered successful in 14/24 patients (58.3%) and changes from baseline in serum cortisol were -92.6% (
Conclusions: Our findings confirm that FKBP5 levels are higher in the presence of excess cortisol exposure in patients with CS and decrease to normal baseline levels after successful surgery. These findings suggest that FKBP5 can serve as a measure of biological cortisol activity and set the stage for the development of an FKBP5 mRNA expression assay as a biomarker of cortisol activity.
Kidney & Diabetes
Neurosciences (Brain & Spine)
Bancos, Irina; Hatipoglu, Betul Ayse; Yuen, Kevin C J; Chandramohan, Lakshmi; Chaudhari, Sandeep; and Moraitis, Andreas G, "Evaluation of FKBP5 as a cortisol activity biomarker in patients with ACTH-dependent Cushing syndrome." (2021). Articles, Abstracts, and Reports. 5065.