Introduction: Insulinomas are β cell neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) that secrete insulin, and ~4% of insulinoma patients have multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1). One in ten MEN1 patients present with an insulinoma. Previous reports describe insulinomas as possibly having typical granules (46.4%) or atypical smaller granules (34.3%), both associated with adenomas, or agranular cells (14.3%) associated with carcinomas. MEN1 knockout (Men1+/-) mice develop pancreatic NETs that are mostly insulinomas, and their ultrastructural phenotype is unknown. We hypothesized that these may resemble the adenoma phenotype with atypical granules.
Conference: 11th Annual ENETS Conference (2014)
Category: Basic Science - Genetics, epigenetics, miRNAs
Presenting Author: Dr Gerard V Walls