Presence of a Gsα mutation in an adrenal tumor expressing LH/hCG receptors and clinically associated with Cushing's syndrome

M. J.M. Bugalho, X. Li, Ch V. Rao, J. Soares, L. G. Sobrinho

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Abstract

We describe the case of a patient with Cushing's syndrome due to a functioning adrenal adenoma. There was a pronounced increase in serum and urinary cortisol after administration of human chorionic gonadotropin. Immunocytochemistry revealed positive immunostaining for LH/hCG receptors. Molecular analysis documented the presence of a gsp mutation at codon 201 (CGT to TGT). The existence of this type of hCG-responsive adrenal tumor may help explain the higher prevalence of cortisol-secreting adrenal tumors versus pituitary-dependent disease in pregnant women with Cushing's syndrome as well as some reported cases of remission following delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalGynecological Endocrinology
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Cushing's syndrome
  • gsp mutations
  • LH/hCG receptors

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