Glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism (GRA) is a monogenic form of human hypertension that predisposes to cerebral hemorrhage. As a result of a chimeric. Glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism (GRA), alternatively called dexamethasone-suppressible hyperaldosteronism (DSH) or familial hyperaldosteronism. Aldosterone suppression by dexamethasone, and high hydroxycortisol and oxocortisol levels are used to differentiate glucocorticoid-remediable.

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Diagnosis has been facilitated by the availability of a genetic test. In progress issue alert. Both groups of agents block aldosterone re,ediable rather than reducing the production of this mineralocorticoid. Polycystic ovary syndrome Premature ovarian failure testicular: The reason why GRA subjects have normal potassium levels is not understood, but there is not renal impairment of the actions of aldosterone.

J Hum Hypertens ;3: Defective fasciculata zone function as the mechanism of glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism.

In severe cases, dexamethasone can be combined with a mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist and other non-specific antihypertensive drugs. Subscribe to Table of Contents Alerts. The genes for aldosterone synthase and 11 b -hydroxylase are located in close proximity on aldoxteronism long arm of chromosome 8 and have identical intron-exon structures.

The adrenal cortex is composed of three distinct zones responsible for producing different steroid hormones.

Glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism

Hypofunction Diabetes mellitus types: By contrast, there were no strokes in GRA-negative family members. It cannot be excluded, however, that other molecular mechanisms, i. Suppression of ACTH release with exogenous dexamethasone is a useful diagnostic and therapeutic strategy.

Treatment with the mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists spironolactone and epleronone is also efficacious. Excessive aldosterone synthesis leads to increased sodium reabsorption, loss of potassium and subsequent increased water reabsorption.

Email alerts New issue alert. The 2 pairs of siblings did not show a significant fall in aldosterone after dexamethasone treatment. DNA sequence analyses of the chimeric genes from unrelated pedigrees indicate that the sites of fusion are variable, but in all cases are upstream of exon 5, suggesting that encoded amino acids in exon 5 of aldosterone synthase are essential for aldosterone synthase enzymatic function.


Possible explanations for this incomplete penetrance of hypertension include self-selected dietary salt restriction, concomitant inheritance of blood pressure-lowering genes, or decreased penetrance of the chimeric gene. Dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers The extended-release formulation of the dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker nifedipine has also been advocated in the medical management of primary aldosteronism because this agent has also been shown to inhibit aldosterone biosynthesis in vitro.

Expression of various chimeric gene constructs in vitro has demonstrated that when these genes are fused after exon 3 the expressed product retains aldosterone synthase enzymatic activity, whereas when the fusion is after exon 5 aldosterone synthase enzymatic activity is undetectable. Test length variability can be a cause of misinterpretation because DST of short duration can result in false positive results, whereas longer duration tests may yield false negative results as aldosterone levels return to the normal range subsequent to reactivation of the renin-angiotensin system.

Hyperthyroxinemia Thyroid hormone resistance Familial dysalbuminemic hyperthyroxinemia Hashitoxicosis Thyrotoxicosis factitia Graves’ disease Thyroid storm. Hypertension associated with GRA is often difficult to control with conventional antihypertensive agents.

GRA is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait that follows classic Mendelian genetics. Impaired potassium-stimulated aldosterone production: Glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism; Dexamethasone-suppressible hyperaldosteronism; Monogeneic hypertension; Hyperaldosteronism. Glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism and pregnancy. The product of this hybrid gene is aldosterone synthase that is ACTH-sensitive [2] in the zona fasciculata of the adrenal gland.

A case report of insulinoma relapse on background nesidioblastosis: Genetic analysis of GRA kindreds has revealed that the disorder is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait 6. Celtic ancestry is frequent among the reported pedigrees, and no cases have been reported among blacks 7.

Serum hydroxycortisol in primary aldosteronism, hypertension, and normotensives. Also, the early use of mineralocorticoid antagonists may have a significant preventive and attenuating effect in aneurysm formation, an association which needs to be confirmed in future studies.


Glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism.

There was no evidence of cardiac anomalies of bicuspid valve on echocardiograph. GRA is usually characterized by moderate to severe hypertension with onset early in life. The association of GRA with thoracic aortic aneurysms needs to be further studied to inform screening recommendations for early detection and optimal management of aortic aneurysms in these select groups of patients.

Analysis of DNA by long PCR, a faster and less expensive methodology, has been now validated in patients with GRA 21and our own results confirm full correspondence with those obtained by Southern blotting. It was with these observations in mind that the late Remediiable. A similar syndrome was subsequently reported by New and Peterson 2 1 yr later. In conclusion, in our experience the long PCR technique is a reliable and simple test at least to exclude GRA among patients with primary aldosteronism.

In a retrospective report, eighty percent of 20 children under the age of 18 who aldostsronism the genetic mutation had hypertension by the age of 13 years; blood pressures also correlated within sibling pairs.

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It is localized to the mitochondrial inner membrane. As a result, aldosterone and the novel remedible OH-F and 18 oxo-F are produced ectopically in the zona fasciculata under the regulation of adrenocorticotropin from cortisol and cortisol steroid precursors. N Engl J Med ; However, the incidence of thoracoabdominal aneurysms in GRA has not been studied to date.

Treatment options include glucocorticoids to suppress ACTH and aldosterone levels, and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists. Based on genetic data, the prevalence of GRA in primary aldosteronism remains to be established, although it can be reasonably predicted to be lower than that suggested in early clinical studies 524 The documents contained in this web site are presented for information purposes only.