Endocrine Journal
Online ISSN : 1348-4540
Print ISSN : 0918-8959
ISSN-L : 0918-8959
Metreleptin worked in a diabetic woman with a history of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) during infancy: further support for the concept of ‘HSCT-associated lipodystrophy’
Masanori AdachiKoji MuroyaJunko HanakawaYumi Asakura
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論文ID: EJ20-0325


A 17-year-old woman with a history of childhood leukemia and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), preceded by total body irradiation, developed diabetes, dyslipidemia, fatty liver, and marked insulin resistance. Based on Dunnigan phenotype, HSCT-associated lipodystrophy was suspected. Because of rapid deterioration of diabetes control, metreleptin was introduced at 23 years of age upon receipt of her caregiver’s documented consent. This trial was initially planned as a prospective 18 month-long study, with regular assessments of the patient’s physical activity, food intake, and body composition analysis. However, because an abrupt and transient attenuation of the metreleptin effect occurred 16 months after the treatment initiation, the entire course of 28 months is reported here. Over the period, her HbA1c decreased from 10.9% to 6.7% despite no significant increase of physical activity and with a stable food intake. Decreased levels of triglyceride and non-HDL cholesterol were found. Her liver function improved, indicating the amelioration of fatty liver. In addition, a 25% reduction in the subcutaneous fat area at umbilical level was found, accompanied by a decrease in fat percentage of both total-body and trunk. The formation of neutralizing antibodies to metreleptin may be responsible for the transient loss of efficacy, considering a sudden elevation in her serum leptin level. In conclusion, metreleptin is useful for the management of HSCT-associated lipodystrophy, supporting the concept that adipose tissue dysfunction is responsible for diverse post-HSCT metabolic aberrations.

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