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Disorders of the adrenal cortex

P.M. Stewart

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.130701_update_001

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Disorders of the adrenal cortex

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Three classes of steroid hormone are produced by the adrenal cortex after uptake of precursor cholesterol from the plasma: (1) mineralocorticoids—aldosterone, deoxycorticosterone; secreted in low amounts (100–150 µg aldosterone/day) from the zona glomerulosa, mainly under the control of angiotensin II; enhance uptake of sodium principally in the colon and kidney tubule by binding to receptors whose specificity for mineralocorticoids is established in these tissues by expression of 11 ...

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Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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