Regulation of aldosterone receptors in hypertension

Decio Armanini, Christina M. Zennaro, Luca Martella, Chiarastella Pratesi, Mariano Scali, Valentino Zampollo

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Mean mineralocorticoid receptor number in mononuclear leukocytes of patients with increased plasma aldosterone (Conn's syndrome, nephrovascular hypertension, preeclampsia) is lower than in controls and this reduction could be the consequence of a down-regulation of the receptor. A similar pattern is evident also in situations of excess of other mineralocorticoids (Cushing's syndrome, chronic licorice ingestion). In essential hypertension 20% of cases have reduced number of mineralocorticoid receptors in mononuclear leukocytes without increase of aldosterone and normal serum potassium. We postulate that in some cases with essential hypertension the reduction of mineralocorticoid receptors is an index of mineralocorticoid excess due to mineralocoticoids other than aldosterone. (Steroids 58:611-613, 1993).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-613
Number of pages3
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • aldosterone
  • essential hypertension
  • mineralocorticoid hypertension
  • mineralocorticoid receptors
  • mononuclear leukocytes
  • pseudohypoaldosteronism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Molecular Biology


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