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Glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid receptors: biology and clinical relevance.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annual review of medicine
Publication Date
Volume
48
Pages
231–240
Identifiers
PMID: 9046958
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid receptors act as homodimers via canonical pentadecamer hormone response elements to regulate transcription. Glucocorticoid, but as yet not mineralocorticoid, receptors have been shown also to modulate AP-1- and NF kappa B-induced transcription by direct protein-protein interactions. The role of 11 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase in conferring aldosterone specificity on epithelial mineralocorticoid receptors has been proven by the demonstration of sequence mutations in all cases of apparent mineralocorticoid excess examined to date. The autosomal form of aldosterone resistance (pseudohypoaldosteronism) has been shown to reflect loss-of-function mutations in epithelial sodium channel subunit sequence. (Patho)physiological roles for aldosterone and glucocorticoid membrane receptors, and for the recently described nuclear receptors for 11-ketosteroids in 11 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydro-genase-protected epithelia, remain to be established.

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