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Genetic Steroid Disorders

This book demonstrates that each steroid disorder causing both clinical and biochemical abnormalities in patients now has a genetic basis. The genes for each step in steroidogenesis have been mapped and cloned, and the mutations in the gene causing the disorder have been described. In addition, the structural biology of

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

The adrenal glands comprise two distinct endocrine organs: the inner medulla and the outer cortex. The inner medulla is made up of neuroectodermal cells derived from the neural crest and produces the catecholamine hormones norepinephrine and epinephrine, which are crucial for stress responses. The outer cortex is derived from the

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

Over the past two decades, genetics of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) have been extensively studied. The introduction of newborn screening programs in most western countries for CAH caused by 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21OHD) and genetic studies in different ethnic populations have enabled more accurate data concerning the distribution and incidence of

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is among the group of inherited disorders now included in newborn screening programs throughout the USA and in many other developed countries. As patients are diagnosed earlier and survive longer into adult life, current therapeutic dilemmas concern individual quality of life, adherence to ethical principles of

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) refers to a group of autosomal recessive genetic disorders that arise from defective steroidogenesis. The 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21OHD) is the most common form of CAH, accounting for more than 90% of cases. It is the most common disorder of sexual development (DSD) in females. The gene is

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

Human genetic steroid defects have profound impacts on the reproductive potential of affected individuals. Fortunately, advances in our understanding of the genetic and physiologic nuances of these disorders have led to the successful restoration of fertility for patients with several such diseases. In this chapter, the genetic steroid disorders will

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

Humans have two isozymes with 11β-hydroxylase activity that are respectively required for cortisol and aldosterone synthesis. CYP11B1 (11β-hydroxylase) converts 11-deoxycortisol to cortisol and 11-deoxycorticosterone to corticosterone, is expressed at high levels and is regulated by ACTH. CYP11B2 (aldosterone synthase) is normally expressed at low levels and is regulated

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

Adrenal disorders that are caused by specific genetic alterations comprise a heterogeneous group of diseases with mostly low incidence that can affect patients from birth to adulthood. These conditions include failure of proper adrenal development resulting in adrenal agenesis or, conversely, adrenal tumorigenesis. Furthermore, deficiencies of adrenal steroidogenesis result in

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

Apparent mineralocorticoid excess (AME) reflects absent or impaired activity of the enzyme 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2, allowing cortisol to activate epithelial mineralocorticoid receptors inappropriately. In the absence of enzyme activity patients show classic features of mineralocorticoid excess, with a diagnostic triad of hypertension, suppressed aldosterone levels, and raised urinary free cortisol:

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

Steroid 17-hydroxylase 17,20-lyase (cytochrome P450c17, CYP17A1) occupies a critical position in the pathways of human steroidogenesis, regulating the classes of steroid hormones produced by cells of the adrenal glands and gonads. CYP17A1 catalyzes two major reactions: the 17-hydroxylase and 17,20-lyase reactions. Mutations that compromise all CYP17A1

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

Cytochrome P450 oxidoreductase (POR) is an enzyme that is essential for multiple metabolic processes; chiefly among them are reactions catalyzed by cytochrome P450 proteins for metabolism of steroid hormones, drugs, and xenobiotics. Mutations in POR cause a complex set of disorders that often resemble defects in steroid metabolizing enzymes 17-hydroxylase, 21

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

Genetic Steroid Disorders, Second Edition targets adult and pediatric endocrinologists, clinical geneticists, genetic counselors, reproductive endocrinologists, neonatologists, urologists, and psychoendocrinologists. It is designed to assist these specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of steroid disorders. This revision includes a new chapter on "Gonadotropins, Obesity and Bone" and new research on

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

The syndromes of congenital adrenal hyperplasia, particularly their classical variants, present diverse medical and psychosocial challenges to the affected individual that may affect all stages of life from the prenatal phase through old age. This chapter reviews the psychological outcomes in terms of gender, general cognitive development, psychopathology, sexuality, and

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

Apparent mineralocorticoid excess (AME) is a rare inherited form of hypertension caused by 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11β-HSD) deficiency. The disorder was first described biochemically and hormonally in 1977 by New et al. in a Native American girl with severe hypertension. AME defined an important “pre-receptor” pathway in steroid hormone action and

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Genetic Steroid Disorders

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) owing to 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21OHD) is a disorder of adrenal steroidogenesis, which causes virilization of external genitalia in females affected with the severe form of the disease. However, genital ambiguity is preventable with prenatal treatment with dexamethasone during the first trimester. While prenatal treatment has remained

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