Familial Albright's Hereditary Osteodystrophy with Hypoparathyroidism: Normal Structural Gsα Gene

Hagit Shapira, Eitan Friedman, Meir Mouallem, Zvi Farfel*

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Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy (AHO) is a characteristic skeletal phenotype, including short stature, obesity, round face, and brachydactyly. AHO appears in patients with pseudohypoparathyroidism (PHP) who have resistance to PTH and in their eumetabolic family members who have pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (PPHP). The differential diagnosis of AHO in families without PHP includes brachydactyly E, whose existence as a distinct entity has been questioned. We studied a patient with familial AHO who presented with hypocalcemia. To our surprise, PTH levels were low, and the response to PTH administration was normal. This is the first case of familial AHO with hypoparathyroidism. The proband's family included 22 affected subjects spanning 3 generations, who had variable degrees of AHO manifestations, with an autosomal dominant inheritance trait. The metacarpophalangeal pattern profile was typical of that of PHP-PPHP. As deficient activity and inactivating mutations of Gsα were described in PHP as well as in PPHP, we measured the biological activity of Gs in family members, which was normal. To exclude subtle abnormalities in the Gsα gene, we sequenced the entire coding region of Gsα in the propositus, which was normal. We conclude that hypocalcemia should be adequately evaluated even in the presence of familial AHO, and that familial AHO can occur with a normal coding structural Gsα gene. Identification of the molecular defect in familial AHO without PHP will shed light on the pathogenesis of AHO in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1660-1662
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996


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