Profile of Daughters and Sisters of Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: The Role of Proband's Glucose Tolerance

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  • Context: First-degree relatives of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) present hormonal and metabolic alterations compared to girls unrelated to PCOS. It is unknown whether glucose intolerance in the PCOS proband confers a more severe metabolic predisposition on their first-degree relatives. Objective: To determine whether glucose tolerance status in women with PCOS is associated with worsened glucose metabolism and sex hormone levels in their peripubertal daughters or sisters. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Seven academic centers in North America, South America, and Europe. Patients: Sixty-four pairs of women with PCOS and their daughters or younger sisters aged between 8 and 14 years were recruited. Twenty-five mothers or older sisters with PCOS were glucose intolerant (GI) and 39 were normal glucose tolerant (NGT). Main Outcome Measures: Beta-cell function estimated by the insulin secretion-sensitivity index-2 (ISSI-2) during an oral glucose tolerance test and by the disposition index during a frequently sampled IV glucose tolerance test. Free testosterone and 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP) levels. Results: Being related to a GI PCOS proband was associated with a lower ISSI-2 (P-value = 0.032) after adjusting for ethnicity, body mass index z-score, and pubertal stage. They also had higher free testosterone (P-value = 0.011) and 17-OHP levels compared to girls with an NGT proband, the latter becoming significant after adjusting for confounders (P-value = 0.040). Conclusions: Compared to first-degree female relatives of women with PCOS and NGT, first-degree relatives of women with PCOS and GI display lower beta-cell function and hyperandrogenemia, putting them at higher risk of GI and PCOS development.
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  • Harnois-Leblanc S; Hernandez MI; Codner E; Cassorla F; Oberfield SE; Leibel NI; Mathew RP; Ten S; Magoffin DA; Lane CJ
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  • E912
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  • E923
  • Volume

  • 107
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  • 3