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Primary aldosteronism with normal aldosterone

Thassio R Mesquita, Gaelle Auguste, Debora Falcón, Gema Ruiz-Hurtado, Rogelio Salazar-Enciso, Jessica Sabourin, Florence Lefebvre, Say Viengchareun, Hussein Kobeissy, Patrick Lechêne, Valerie Nicolas, Amaya Fernández-Celis, Susana Gomez, Sandra Lauton-Santos, Eric Morel, Angelica Rueda, Natalia López-Andrés, Ana M Gomez, Marc Lombes, Jean-Pierre Benitah
<u>Rationale:</u> The mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonists belong to the current therapeutic armamentarium for the management of cardiovascular diseases, but the mechanisms conferring their beneficial effects are poorly understood. Part of the cardiovascular effects of MR are due to the regulation of L-type Cav 1.2 Ca2+ channel expression, which is generated by tissue-specific alternative promoters as a long 'cardiac' (Cav 1.2-LNT) or a short 'vascular' (Cav 1.2-SNT) N-terminal transcripts...
February 21, 2018: Circulation Research
Piotr Celichowski, Karol Jopek, Paulina Milecka, Marta Szyszka, Marianna Tyczewska, Ludwik K Malendowicz, Marcin Ruciński
Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (Nampt), also termed visfatin, catalyses the rate‑limiting step in the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) salvage pathway. In addition to its intracellular function (iNampt), extracellular Nampt (eNampt) also affects numerous intracellular signalling pathways. The current study investigated the role of Nampt in the regulation of the hypothalamic‑pituitary‑adrenal (HPA) axis in rats. At 1 h after intraperitoneal administration of eNampt (4 µg/100 g) in adult male rats, serum adrenocorticotropic hormone(ACTH) and aldosterone levels remained unchanged, while corticosterone levels were notably elevated compared with the control group, as determined by ELISA...
February 7, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Maria-Christina Zennaro, Fabio L Fernandes-Rosa, Sheerazed Boulkroun
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Primary aldosteronism is the most common form of secondary hypertension. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to cure of hypertension and prevention of cardiovascular complications. Recent genetic discoveries have improved our understanding on the pathophysiology of aldosterone production and triggered the development of new diagnostic procedures and targeted treatments for primary aldosteronism. RECENT FINDINGS: Different inherited genetic abnormalities distinguish specific forms of familial hyperaldosteronism...
February 8, 2018: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
Luyun Fan, Wenjun Ma, Huimin Zhang, Jun Cai
RATIONALE: Iliac arterial fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) was rarely reported and its demographic, clinical, and imaging features have not been precisely described resulting in uncertain therapeutic methods. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 31-year-old man was referred because of 3-month-ago onset hypertension, low serum potassium, and a small-sized right kidney with normal renal artery under ultrasound examination. This patient was suspected of primary aldosteronism, whereas spirolactone was poorly effective...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Daisuke Watanabe, Satoshi Morimoto, Noriyoshi Takano, Shihori Kimura, Yasufumi Seki, Kanako Bokuda, Midori Sasaki-Yatabe, Junichi Yatabe, Hiromi Onizuka, Tomoko Yamamoto, Takashi Ando, Atsuhiro Ichihara
A 64-year-old man was admitted to our hospital for the hormonal evaluation of a right adrenal adenoma. He had been diagnosed with severe proteinuria and hypertension, and antihypertensive treatment was started at the age of 60. His renal function gradually declined, and hemodialysis was begun at the age of 64. Since his blood pressure was uncontrollable and resistant to antihypertensive treatment, an endocrinological examination was performed for an incidental right adrenal mass detected by computed tomography...
December 29, 2017: CEN Case Reports
Britta Heinze, Carmina T Fuss, Paolo Mulatero, Felix Beuschlein, Martin Reincke, Mona Mustafa, Andreas Schirbel, Timo Deutschbein, Tracy Ann Williams, Yara Rhayem, Marcus Quinkler, Nada Rayes, Silvia Monticone, Vanessa Wild, Celso E Gomez-Sanchez, Anna-Carinna Reis, Stephan Petersenn, Hans-Juergen Wester, Saskia Kropf, Martin Fassnacht, Katharina Lang, Ken Herrmann, Andreas K Buck, Christina Bluemel, Stefanie Hahner
Primary aldosteronism is the most frequent cause of secondary hypertension and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality compared with hypertensive controls. The central diagnostic challenge is the differentiation between bilateral and unilateral disease, which determines treatment options. Bilateral adrenal venous sampling, currently recommended for differential diagnosis, is an invasive procedure with several drawbacks, making it desirable to develop novel noninvasive diagnostic tools. When investigating the expression pattern of chemokine receptors by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry, we observed high expression of CXCR4 (CXC chemokine receptor type 4) in aldosterone-producing tissue in normal adrenals, adjacent adrenal cortex from adrenocortical adenomas, and in aldosterone-producing adenomas (APA), correlating strongly with the expression of CYP11B2 (aldosterone synthase)...
December 26, 2017: Hypertension
Keisuke Okamura, Tetsu Okuda, Kazuyuki Shirai, Ichiro Abe, Kunihisa Kobayashi, Tatsu Ishii, Seiji Haraoka, Hidenori Urata
Before surgery for primary aldosteronism (PA), localization is evaluated with adrenal vein sampling (AVS). A 56-year-old Japanese woman had a right adrenal mass, hypokalemia, and a high aldosterone/renin ratio. Stress tests confirmed the diagnosis of PA. Subsequently, preoperative AVS was performed and right adrenal hemorrhage (AH) occurred unexpectedly. Because hypertension persisted, laparoscopic right adrenalectomy was performed. Postoperatively, the blood pressure was normalized. Pathological examination revealed an adrenal cortical adenoma largely unaffected by necrosis and hemorrhage...
January 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Adeseye Abiodun Akintunde, Afolabi Salawu, Boluwatife Adeniyi
OBJECTIVES: Plasma renin activity (PRA) and aldosterone tend to differ between Blacks and Caucasians and studies are very scarce among Africans. We therefore aimed to determine the normative value of plasma renin activity and serum aldosterone among school teachers in Nigeria with normal blood pressure compared with their hypertensive counterparts and relevant clinical/demographic associations. METHODS: Plasma renin activity and serum aldosterone were measured using the kits provided by Diagnostic Biochem, Canada among randomly selected school teachers recruited as part of a study to assess their total cardiovascular risks...
December 13, 2017: Current Hypertension Reviews
Xiao-Hua Cui, Hui-Lin Wang, Rong Wu, Ping-An Yao, Ke-Zhao Wei, Jian-Ping Gao
Myocardial infarction (MI) is the primary cause of ventricular remodeling (VR). The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of Atractylodis macrocephalae rhizoma (AMR) on VR induced by isoproterenol (ISO) in rats. Male Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into the normal control, ISO‑induced and AMR groups. Rats in the ISO‑induced and AMR groups were subcutaneously injected with 85 mg/kg/day ISO for two consecutive days. Compared with the ISO‑induced group, AMR normalized the levels of hemodynamic parameters, markedly attenuated myocardial pathological damage, decreased the level of N‑terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide, and inhibited cardiac hypertrophy and myocardial fibrosis...
February 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Celso E Gomez-Sanchez, Maniselvan Kuppusamy, Martin Reincke, Tracy Ann Williams
Primary aldosteronism is the most common type of secondary hypertension affecting 6-10% of patients with primary hypertension. PA is mainly caused by unilateral hyperaldosteronism due to an aldosterone-producing adenoma, unilateral hyperplasia with or without micronodules or bilateral zona glomerulosa hyperplasias with or without macro or micronodules. The development of antibodies against the terminal enzyme of aldosterone biosynthesis (CYP11B2) has permitted the further characterization of normal adrenals and resected adrenals from patients with primary aldosteronism...
December 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Giacomo Rossitto, Giuseppe Maiolino, Livia Lenzini, Valeria Bisogni, Teresa Maria Seccia, Maurizio Cesari, Maurizio Iacobone, Gian Paolo Rossi
BACKGROUND: Cosyntropin and metoclopramide can affect the subtyping of primary aldosteronism when used with adrenal vein sampling by exerting hormone- and side-specific effects on cortisol and aldosterone secretion. We investigated how these stimuli affect the selectivity index, the relative aldosterone secretion index, and the lateralization index in consecutive primary aldosteronism patients submitted to adrenal vein sampling. METHODS: We recruited 171 patients; of these, 149 underwent adrenal vein sampling before and after stimulation with cosyntropin (250 µg intravenous bolus, n= 53, 73% with an aldosterone-producing adenoma) or with metoclopramide (10 mg intravenous bolus, n= 96, 65% aldosterone-producing adenoma), and 32 with an aldosterone-producing adenoma were investigated for the relative gene expression of dopamine, melanocortin 2, and 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin) 4 receptor with microarrays...
November 30, 2017: Surgery
A Ferriere, V Kerlan, A Tabarin
The 2017 Endocrine Society annual meeting included several communications and debates on the conservative adrenal surgery in bilateral hereditary pheochromocytomas (BHP), bilateral adrenal macronodular hyperplasia (BAMH) and primary hyperaldosteronism (PHA). The general principle is to preserve a part of the adrenal cortex to prevent the occurrence of a definitive adrenal insufficiency. In BHP, cortical sparing surgery allows more than 50% of patients to maintain normal corticotropic function at 10 years with a low recurrence rate (~ 10%)...
October 2017: Annales D'endocrinologie
Daniela Esposito, Daniela Pasquali, Gudmundur Johannsson
Context: Mineralocorticoid (MC) replacement therapy in patients with primary adrenal insufficiency (PAI) was introduced more than 60 years ago. Still, there are limited data on how MC substitution should be optimized, because MC dosing regimens have only been systematically investigated in a few studies. We review the management of current standard MC replacement therapy in PAI and its plausible impact on outcome. Design: Using PubMed, we conducted a systematic review of the literature from 1939 to 2017, with the following keywords: adrenal insufficiency, MC deficiency, aldosterone, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and heart failure...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Omair A Shariq, Irina Bancos, Patricia A Cronin, David R Farley, Melanie L Richards, Geoffrey B Thompson, William F Young, Travis J McKenzie
BACKGROUND: We aimed to determine whether a greater degree of contralateral suppression of aldosterone secretion at adrenal venous sampling predicted the development of postoperative hyperkalemia after unilateral adrenalectomy for primary aldosteronism. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients undergoing unilateral adrenalectomy for primary aldosteronism between 2004-2015 was performed. Clinical and biochemical parameters of patients who developed hyperkalemia (≥5...
November 9, 2017: Surgery
Marieke Velema, Tanja Dekkers, Ad Hermus, Henri Timmers, Jacques Lenders, Hans Groenewoud, Leo Schultze Kool, Johan Langenhuijsen, Aleksander Prejbisz, Gert-Jan van der Wilt, Jaap Deinum
Context: In primary aldosteronism (PA) two subtypes are distinguished: aldosterone-producing adenoma and bilateral adrenal hyperplasia. In general these are treated by adrenalectomy and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists respectively. Objective: To compare the effects of surgical treatment and medical treatment on quality of life (QoL). Design: Post-hoc comparative effectiveness study within the SPARTACUS trial. Setting: Twelve Dutch hospitals and one Polish hospital...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Hironobu Umakoshi, Mika Tsuiki, Yoshiyu Takeda, Isao Kurihara, Hiroshi Itoh, Takuyuki Katabami, Takamasa Ichijo, Norio Wada, Takanobu Yoshimoto, Yoshihiro Ogawa, Junji Kawashima, Masakatsu Sone, Nobuya Inagaki, Katsutoshi Takahashi, Minemori Watanabe, Yuichi Matsuda, Hiroki Kobayashi, Hirotaka Shibata, Kohei Kamemura, Michio Otsuki, Yuichi Fujii, Koichi Yamamto, Atsushi Ogo, Toshihiko Yanase, Tomoko Suzuki, Mitsuhide Naruse
Context: The number of centers with established adrenal venous sampling (AVS) programs for subtype diagnosis of primary aldosteronism (PA) is limited. Objective: Aim was to develop an algorithm for AVS based on subtype prediction by computed tomography (CT) and serum potassium. Design: A multi-institutional retrospective cohort study in Japan. Patients: 1591 PA patients were classified into four groups according to CT findings and potassium status...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Roger Hullin, Mélanie Métrich, Alexandre Sarre, Denis Basquin, Marc Maillard, Julien Regamey, David Martin
Aims: Clinical studies suggest beneficial effects of renin-angiotensin system blockade for prevention of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction after chemotherapy. However, the efficacy of this strategy as primary prevention has been poorly studied. This study aimed at identifying the pathophysiological mechanisms by which mineralocorticoid receptor antagonism (MRA) or angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition (ACEi) provide protection against doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity (DIC) in mouse models of acute and chronic toxicity...
September 7, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
Georgios Mourtzinis, Ahmad Ebrahimi, Helena Gustafsson, Gudmundur Johannsson, Karin Manhem
Atrial fibrillation seems to be overrepresented among patients with primary aldosteronism. The aim of this study was to determine the usefulness of aldosterone to renin ratio as a screening instrument for primary aldosteronism in an atrial fibrillation population with relatively low cardiovascular risk profile. A total of 149 patients <65 years and with history of AF were screened for primary aldosteronism using aldosterone to renin ratio. Pathologically increased aldosterone to renin ratio (>65 pmol/mIU) was found in 15 participants (10...
November 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Hai Li, Jianbin Liu, Xiujuan Feng, Liehua Liu, Guohong Wei, Xiaopei Cao, Yanbing Li
PURPOSE: To test the efficacy of a strategy based on CT imaging and clinical characteristics on lateralizing origin of excess aldosterone secretion in primary aldosteronism. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Consecutive patients with diagnosed primary hyperaldosteronism from June 2006 to July 2012 in our center underwent adrenal surgeries without pre-operational adrenal venous sampling (AVS) if all the three criteria were met: (1) round- or oval-shaped occupational lesion of low density after contrast enhancement with diameter >1 cm on CT scan was located in one adrenal gland; (2) unequivocally normal contralateral adrenal gland; (3) serum potassium level lower than 3...
December 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
Tjokorda Gde Dalem Pemayun, Ridho M Naibaho, Muhammad Achmad Sungkar
BACKGROUND Primary aldosteronism can be caused by adrenocortical adenoma and is usually associated with left ventricular hypertrophy. Biventricular cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure in the presence of a pre-existing atrial septal defect (ASD) are a rare association of primary aldosteronism. CASE REPORT A 33-year-old woman with resistant hypertension and refractory hypokalemia presented with signs and symptoms of heart failure. She had previously been diagnosed having a right adrenal tumor and ostium secundum type ASD...
September 7, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
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