Response to growth hormone therapy in ring chromosome 15: Review and evidence from a new case on possible beneficial effect in neurodevelopment

Growth Horm IGF Res. 2023 Aug:71:101550. doi: 10.1016/j.ghir.2023.101550. Epub 2023 Jul 25.


Type 1 Insulin-like Growth Factor Receptor(IGF1R) plays a fundamental role in normal growth and development. Its disruption is usually characterized by severe intrauterine and postnatal growth retardation, microcephaly and neurodevelopmental delay.The efficacy of recombinant human growth hormone treatment remains a challenge for children with IGF1 resistance and pathogenic mutations of IGF1R, with limited data in patients carrying the most severe form of IGF1R defect, the ring chromosome 15.

Subject and method: We tested a high dose of rhGH in a new patient with ring chromosome 15, as confirmed by karyotype and CGH array. We performed a systematic review, and all published r(15) syndrome cases treated by growth hormone(GH) up to April 2023 were searched, and their response to GH therapy was recorded and summarized.

Results: Twelve patients with ring chromosome 15 received GH therapy according to a literature review. We expand the spectrum by the 13th case treated by GH, and we report an impressive improvement in intellectual performance and progressive catch-up growth after 5 and 20 months of follow-up. By introducing our new case in the analysis, the sex ratio was 3:10, and GH therapy was started at the age of 5.5 (3/9.4) (years) for an age of diagnosis of 4.75 (1.3/9.5) (years). The height before GH therapy was -5.1(-5.9/-4.1) SDS. The median duration of treatment was 1.7(0.9/2) (years), with a median height gain of 1(0.3/1.8) SDS and an improvement in growth velocity of 4.1(2.8/5.3) (cm/year).

Conclusion: GH seems to be effective for r(15) syndrome patients with short stature.

Keywords: GH-IGF1 axis; Growth hormone therapy; Insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor; Neuroendocrinology; Ring chromosome 15.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review
  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dwarfism* / drug therapy
  • Growth Disorders / drug therapy
  • Growth Disorders / genetics
  • Growth Hormone
  • Human Growth Hormone* / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Ring Chromosomes*
  • Syndrome


  • Human Growth Hormone
  • Growth Hormone