Linkage of familial dysalbuminemic hyperthyroxinemia to the albumin gene in a large Amish kindred

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1995 Jan;80(1):116-21. doi: 10.1210/jcem.80.1.7829599.


Familial dysalbuminemic hyperthyroxinemia (FDH) is the most common cause of inherited euthyroid hyperthyroxinemia in Caucasians. Transmitted as an autosomal dominant trait, it is always associated with high serum total T4 (TT4) and more rarely with elevated total T3 (TT3) and/or rT3 (TrT3) concentrations. Free T4, by dialysis, and TSH levels are normal, suggesting the presence of a T4-binding protein abnormality. The abnormal serum T4 carrier shares some physical and immunological properties with albumin, suggesting that it may be albumin itself. Here we show linkage between FDH and the albumin gene in a large Amish family of Swiss descent, using as markers a SacI polymorphism in the coding sequence of the albumin gene and the group-specific component (Gc) gene, located less than 1 centimorgan from the albumin gene. Blood samples were obtained from 160 members of this kindred, and 22 had FDH identified by the pattern of T4 binding to serum proteins separated by isoelectric focusing. Serum TT4 values were above the normal range in all subjects expressing the FDH phenotype, and TrT3 levels were above the normal range in only one half. TT4 concentrations correlated positively with TrT3 and TT3. All TT3 values were, however, within the normal range. Free T4 and TSH levels were normal, confirming the euthyroid state in these subjects. FDH was associated with the albumin SacI(+)/Gc 1S haplotype, yielding a LOD (logarithm of the odds ratio) score of 5.53, with a recombination frequency of 0. These data provide strong support that a variant albumin is the cause of FDH in this kindred.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Child, Preschool
  • Ethnicity / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genetic Linkage*
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Hyperthyroxinemia / blood*
  • Hyperthyroxinemia / ethnology
  • Hyperthyroxinemia / genetics*
  • Molecular Probes / genetics
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Pedigree
  • Phenotype
  • Serum Albumin / genetics*
  • Serum Albumin / metabolism*
  • Thyroxine / blood
  • Triiodothyronine, Reverse / blood


  • Molecular Probes
  • Serum Albumin
  • Triiodothyronine, Reverse
  • Thyroxine