Localized islet nuclear enlargement hyperinsulinism (LINE-HI) due to ABCC8 and GCK mosaic mutations

Kara E. Boodhansingh, Zhongying Yang, Changhong Li, Pan Chen, Katherine Lord, Susan A. Becker, Lisa J. States, N. Scott Adzick, Tricia Bhatti, Show Ling Shyng, Arupa Ganguly, Charles A. Stanley, Diva D. De Leon

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Objective: Congenital hyperinsulinism (HI) is the most common cause of persistent hypoglycemia in children. In addition to typical focal or diffuse HI, some cases with diazoxide-unresponsive congenital HI have atypical pancreatic histology termed Localized Islet Nuclear Enlargement (LINE) or mosaic HI, characterized by histologic features similar to diffuse HI, but confined to only a region of pancreas. Our objective was to characterize the phenotype and genotype of children with LINE-HI. Design: The phenotype and genotype features of 12 children with pancreatic histology consistent with LINE-HI were examined. Methods: We compiled clinical features of 12 children with LINE-HI and performed next-generation sequencing on specimens of pancreas from eight of these children to look for mosaic mutations in genes known to be associated with diazoxide-unresponsive HI (ABCC8, KCNJ11, and GCK). Results: Children with LINE-HI had lower birth weights and later ages of presentation compared to children with typical focal or diffuse HI. Partial pancreatectomy in LINE-HI cases resulted in euglycemia in 75% of cases; no cases have developed diabetes. Low-level mosaic mutations were identified in the pancreas of six cases with LINE-HI (three in ABCC8, three in GCK). Expression studies confirmed that all novel mutations were pathogenic. Conclusion: These results indicate that post-zygotic low-level mosaic mutations of known HI genes are responsible for some cases of LINE-HI that lack an identifiable germ-line mutation and that partial pancreatectomy may be curative for these cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-313
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean journal of endocrinology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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