HOW DO INSULIN-LIKE GROWTH FACTORS WORK?
Insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) are a recombinant form of human IGF-1 used for long-term treatment of growth failure in children with severe primary IGF-1 deficiency and to treat autosomal recessive disorder, Laron syndrome (LS) also known as growth hormone (GH) insensitivity. IGF-1 is an important growth hormone that promotes the effect of pituitary GH protein and shows GH independent growth-stimulating effect.
LS is characterized by a deficiency of IGF-1 production. Low levels of IGF-1 may be caused because of mutations in GH receptors in the liver, and these receptors become unresponsive to GH. LS is a very rare condition and children affected with LS present with the following:
Mecasermin is approved by the U.S Food and Drug administration for the treatment of LS in children. It is used as replacement therapy in children with primary severe IGF-1 deficiency GH receptor mutations causing unresponsiveness toward GH.
HOW ARE INSULIN-LIKE GROWTH FACTORS USED?
IGFs are given as injectables (subcutaneous) to treat primary severe IGF-1 deficiency and LS in children.
WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF INSULIN-LIKE GROWTH FACTORS?
Side effects of IGF may include:
- Cardiac murmurs
- Thymus enlargement
- Tonsil enlargement
- Muscle weakness
- Ear infections
- Skin rash
- Anaphylaxis (life-threatening allergic reactions)
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