A new primate model of hypophyseal dysfunction

Teppei Kawabata, Hidetaka Suga, Kazuhito Takeuchi, Yuichi Nagata, Mayu Sakakibara, Kaori Ushida, Chikafumi Ozone, Atsushi Enomoto, Ikuo Kawamoto, Iori Itagaki, Hideaki Tsuchiya, Hiroshi Arima, Toshihiko Wakabayashi

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For pituitary regenerative medicine, the creation of a hypophyseal model in monkeys is necessary to conduct future preclinical studies; however, previous studies reported that hypophysectomy in monkeys is not always safe or satisfactory. This study aimed to create a hypophyseal dysfunction model in a cynomolgus monkey using a safer surgical technique and establish the protocol of pituitary hormone replacement therapy for this model. Surgical resection of the pituitary gland of a 7.8-year-old healthy adult cynomolgus male monkey weighing 5.45 kg was performed to create a hypophyseal dysfunction model for future regenerative studies. Endoscopic transoral transsphenoidal surgery was used to perform hypophysectomy under navigation support. These procedures were useful for confirming total removal of the pituitary gland without additional bone removal and preventing complications such as cerebrospinal fluid leakage. Total removal was confirmed by pathological examination and computed tomography. Hypopituitarism was verified with endocrinological examinations including stimulation tests. Postoperatively, the monkey’s general condition of hypopituitarism was treated with hormone replacement therapy, resulting in long-term survival. The success of a minimally invasive and safe surgical method and long-term survival indicate the creation of a hypophyseal dysfunction model in a cynomolgus monkey; hence, this protocol can be employed in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10729
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12-2021
Externally publishedYes

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