Scientists Identify Unique Cell in Rare Tumor Tied to Ectopic Cushing’s

Scientists Identify Unique Cell in Rare Tumor Tied to Ectopic Cushing’s

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Scientists Identify Unique Cell in Rare Tumor Tied to Ectopic Cushing’s

A team of researchers in China have identified, for the first time, a tumor cell that produces both adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) — two hormones that promote excess cortisol levels and the development of Cushing’s syndrome. Specifically, this unique cell type was found in a rare adrenal gland tumor called pheochromocytoma that is often associated with ectopic Cushing’s. The study also pinpointed galanin, a nerve cell chemical messenger, as a potential marker…

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