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Journal of steroid biochemistry

HPLC isolation and GC-MS characterization of a compound strongly cross reacting with tetrahydroaldosterone antiserum.


PMID 3747516

Abstract

Urines from patients with hypertension and elevated aldosterone levels, i.e. primary aldosteronism due to adrenal adenoma or hyperplasia or carcinoma were extracted, paper chromatographed and thereafter chromatographed repeatedly with normal phase and repeatedly with reversed phase HPLC systems in an attempt to find new metabolites of aldosterone. Specific 3 alpha-hydroxy-5 beta-tetrahydroaldosterone antiserum was used in a radioimmunoassay system to detect possible aldosterone metabolites in the HPLC fractions after each isolation step. The immunoactive HPLC fractions were derivatized and analysed by GC-MS. A relatively nonpolar compound, 11 beta:18(S),18:20 alpha-diepoxy-5 beta-pregnan-3 alpha-ol, was isolated and identified in this manner. This material was originally described by Kelly et al., in 1962 after loading human subjects with huge amounts (25-160 mg) of exogenous aldosterone. This material has not yet been described from endogenously produced aldosterone. Very small amounts, if any, were similarly isolated from the urine of a control subject. Therefore, this compound could prove to be a new marker for hypertension due to hyper-production of aldosterone.

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