Adrenal glands from a patient with ACTH-independent Cushing's syndrome, whose symptoms worsened during pregnancy and oral contraceptive use, were cultured in different concentrations of estradiol. Estradiol stimulated cortisol secretion in a dose-response manner in the absence of ACTH. Since immunoglobulins G from this patient did not stimulate corticosterone production in a mouse adrenal bioassay, an adrenal-stimulating immunoglobulin is unlikely to be the cause of adrenal hyperfunction in this case. This is the first description of estradiol stimulation of cortisol production by cultured adrenal cells in ACTH-independent Cushing's syndrome.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism|
|State||Published - Aug 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism