This K24 application is to provide support for protected time for: 1) mentoring/teaching of junior clinical investigators;and 2) patient-oriented research investigating the role of aldosterone in the pathophysiology of diabetic cardiovascular disease. Recent data provide support for the hypothesis that activation of the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) contributes to diabetic vascular injury, though the mechanisms are uncertain. Consistent with this hypothesis, our pre-clinical studies demonstrate that blockade of MR reduces renal injury in diabetic db/db mice and reduces vascular inflammation and cardiac and renal injury in hypertensive, angiotensin II (ANGII)-infused rodents. Our clinical studies show that short-term treatment with the MR antagonist eplerenone improves coronary circulatory function as compared to treatment with hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) in subjects with diabetes receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibition therapy. This observation could not be attributed to blood pressure changes suggesting that MR antagonists are not working via a classical renal effect, but via an additional, volume control-independent mechanism. This proposal tests the hypotheses that MR activation contributes to progression of vascular disease in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) receiving ACE inhibitor therapy, and consequently, MR antagonists exert beneficial effects by reducing vascular dysfunction and injury, inhibiting ANGII vascular effects, improving coronary circulatory and cardiac function and improving renovascular function. To address these hypotheses we will perform a prospective double-blind study in subjects with T2DM and hypertension receiving chronic ACE inhibitor therapy randomized to one of three treatments: 1) MR antagonist spironolactone;2) HCTZ plus potassium;and 3) placebo. These studies provide a fertile area for investigation by trainees interested in patient-oriented research and will provide new information about the mechanisms by which MR antagonists reduce diabetic cardiovascular injury, with the goal of introducing new, effective treatments of cardiovascular injury in individuals with diabetes.

Public Health Relevance

PROJECT NARRATIVE This grant application seeks support for the training and mentoring of a new generation of physicians and investigators interested in performing research in patients with diabetes and heart disease. Diabetes causes injury to blood vessels. This injury leads to many health problems including heart disease, kidney failure and stroke. The goal of this research is to determine whether blocking the actions of a hormone known as aldosterone improves the function of vessels in the hearts and kidneys of patients with type 2 diabetes and whether this leads to improvements in heart and kidney function. Thus, this research may lead to new treatments for patients with diabetes and injury to their hearts and kidneys, and will provide a forum for mentoring trainees in patient-oriented research.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZHL1-CSR-X (F1))
Program Officer
Carlson, Drew E
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Brigham and Women's Hospital
United States
Zip Code
Tan, Jia W; Gupta, Tina; Manosroi, Worapaka et al. (2017) Dysregulated aldosterone secretion in persons of African descent with endothelin-1 gene variants. JCI Insight 2:
Seccia, Teresa M; Caroccia, Brasilina; Adler, Gail K et al. (2017) Arterial Hypertension, Atrial Fibrillation, and Hyperaldosteronism: The Triple Trouble. Hypertension 69:545-550
Srinivasa, Suman; Burdo, Tricia H; Williams, Kenneth C et al. (2016) Effects of Sodium Restriction on Activation of the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System and Immune Indices During HIV Infection. J Infect Dis 214:1336-1340
Baudrand, Rene; Pojoga, Luminita; Vaidya, Anand et al. (2016) Response to Letter Regarding Article, ""Statin Use and Adrenal Aldosterone Production in Hypertensive and Diabetic Subjects"". Circulation 133:e606
Lopez, Diana; Luque-Fernandez, Miguel Angel; Steele, Amy et al. (2016) ""Nonfunctional"" Adrenal Tumors and the Risk for Incident Diabetes and Cardiovascular Outcomes: A Cohort Study. Ann Intern Med 165:533-542
Rao, Ajay D; Bonyhay, Istvan; Dankwa, Joel et al. (2016) Baroreflex Sensitivity Impairment During Hypoglycemia: Implications for Cardiovascular Control. Diabetes 65:209-15
Srinivasa, Suman; Fitch, Kathleen V; Wong, Kimberly et al. (2015) RAAS Activation Is Associated With Visceral Adiposity and Insulin Resistance Among HIV-infected Patients. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 100:2873-82
Baudrand, Rene; Pojoga, Luminita H; Vaidya, Anand et al. (2015) Statin Use and Adrenal Aldosterone Production in Hypertensive and Diabetic Subjects. Circulation 132:1825-33
Vijayan, Sujith; Klerman, Elizabeth B; Adler, Gail K et al. (2015) Thalamic mechanisms underlying alpha-delta sleep with implications for fibromyalgia. J Neurophysiol 114:1923-30
Faghih, Rose T; Dahleh, Munther A; Adler, Gail K et al. (2015) Quantifying Pituitary-Adrenal Dynamics and Deconvolution of Concurrent Cortisol and Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Data by Compressed Sensing. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 62:2379-88

Showing the most recent 10 out of 29 publications