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Angiotensin AND RAS

Rita Valenzuela, Maria A Costa-Besada, Javier Iglesias-Gonzalez, Emma Perez-Costas, Begoña Villar-Cheda, Pablo Garrido-Gil, Miguel Melendez-Ferro, Ramon Soto-Otero, Jose L Lanciego, Daniel Henrion, Rafael Franco, Jose L Labandeira-Garcia
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) was initially considered as a circulating humoral system controlling blood pressure, being kidney the key control organ. In addition to the 'classical' humoral RAS, a second level in RAS, local or tissular RAS, has been identified in a variety of tissues, in which local RAS play a key role in degenerative and aging-related diseases. The local brain RAS plays a major role in brain function and neurodegeneration. It is normally assumed that the effects are mediated by the cell-surface-specific G-protein-coupled angiotensin type 1 and 2 receptors (AT1 and AT2)...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Mariana Moreira Coutinho Arroja, Emma Reid, Christopher McCabe
The renin angiotensin system (RAS) consists of the systemic hormone system, critically involved in regulation and homeostasis of normal physiological functions [i.e. blood pressure (BP), blood volume regulation], and an independent brain RAS, which is involved in the regulation of many functions such as memory, central control of BP and metabolic functions. In general terms, the RAS consists of two opposing axes; the 'classical axis' mediated primarily by Angiotensin II (Ang II), and the 'alternative axis' mediated mainly by Angiotensin-(1-7) (Ang-(1-7))...
2016: Experimental & Translational Stroke Medicine
Naro Ohashi, Shinsuke Isobe, Sayaka Ishigaki, Takahisa Suzuki, Masafumi Ono, Tomoyuki Fujikura, Takayuki Tsuji, Akihiko Kato, Seiichiro Ozono, Hideo Yasuda
Circulating renin-angiotensin system (RAS) activation is maintained after renal function has deteriorated. The activation of the intrarenal RAS plays a critical role in the pathophysiology of chronic kidney disease (CKD), independently of the circulating RAS. However, the activation of intrarenal RAS and the chymase-dependent pathway after initiation of dialysis has not been clarified. We recruited 19 CKD patients (10 without dialysis and 9 with dialysis) who underwent a heminephrectomy. Circulating RAS was investigated before nephrectomy...
October 20, 2016: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Keisuke Shinohara, Xuebo Liu, Donald A Morgan, Deborah R Davis, Maria Luisa S Sequeira-Lopez, Martin D Cassell, Justin L Grobe, Kamal Rahmouni, Curt D Sigmund
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in the brain is a critical determinant of blood pressure, but the mechanisms regulating RAS activity in the brain remain unclear. Expression of brain renin (renin-b) occurs from an alternative promoter-first exon. The predicted translation product is a nonsecreted enzymatically active renin whose function is unknown. We generated a unique mouse model by selectively ablating the brain-specific isoform of renin (renin-b) while preserving the expression and function of the classical isoform expressed in the kidney (renin-a)...
October 17, 2016: Hypertension
Thomas Unger
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays an important role in the initiation and progression of tissue injuries in the cardiovascular and nervous systems. The detrimental actions of the AT1 receptor (AT1R) in hypertension and vascular injury, myocardial infarction and brain ischemia are well established. In the past twenty-five years, protective actions of the RAS, not only in the cardiovascular- but also in the nervous system, have been demonstrated. The so-called protective arm of the RAS includes AT2- and Mas receptors (AT2R and MasR) and is characterized by effects different from and often opposing those of the AT1R...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
James Scholey
The classical view of the RAS is a linear signaling pathway beginning with the conversion of angiotensinogen to ANG I by renin, an enzyme secreted by the kidney. ANG I is converted to ANG II by angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) ANG II binds to the G-protein coupled angiotensin II receptor type 1. The RAS is a circulating system but we now know that the RAS is also locally expressed in a number of tissues, including the kidneys and the heart. ANG II exerts adverse hemodynamic and non-hemodynamic effects on renal cells...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Marko Poglitsch, Ashraf H Ahmed, Andrea Stoller, Dunja Van Oyen, Cornelia Schwager, Claudia Aigner, Oliver Domenig, Manuel Haschke, Michael Stowasser
OBJECTIVE: Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a widely under-diagnosed, potentially curable and specifically treatable cause of hypertension. PA screening involves measuring the aldosterone-to-renin-ratio (ARR), but false negative results can occur in the setting of medications, which block the renin-angiotensin system (RAS). Withdrawing RAS blockers from patients with resistant hypertension is not without cardiovascular risk. A novel diagnostic approach, the aldosterone-to-angiotensin-II-ratio (AA2-Ratio), has the potential for less drug interference and improved reliability in PA screening and confirmation of diagnosis...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Lebo Gafane, Alta Schutte, Johannes Van Rooyen, Rudolph Schutte
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension, particularly in black populations is often accompanied by low renin levels, indicative of possible blood pressure (BP) dysregulation by the renin-angiotensin-system (RAS). The potential role of aldosterone in sympathetic nerve activation in the context of low renin warrants clarification. We therefore explored whether measures of sympathetic nerve activity (noradrenaline, 24-hour heart rate (HR) and % dipping in night-time HR) relate to renin, aldosterone and aldosterone-to-renin ratio (ARR) in low renin blacks and whites...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Zhao Yang, Ma Ruixin, Yu Jing
OBJECTIVE: The role of the renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) and the gene variants of its components in hypertension have been investigated in various studies. A local tissue-specific renin-angiotensin system (local RAS) has considered as a regulator of cardiovascular physiology and homeostasis. However, no report has described the vagina protective efficacy of RAS inhibitors including ARB and ACEI. Therefore, we aim to investigate the effect of ARBs and ACEI on the vagina and cardiac expression of the local renin-angiotensin components...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Rha Seung-Woon, Choi Byoung Geol, Li Hu, Na Jin Oh, Choi Cheol Ung, Park Chang Gyu, Seo Hong Seog, Oh Dong Joo, Kim Yong Hoon, Her Ae-Young, Park Sang-Ho
OBJECTIVE: Recently several studies reported that anti-hypertensive drugs were associated with development of new-onset diabetes mellitus (NODM). However, data on the relationship between detailed prescription types and long-term incidence of NODM are still limited in Asian patients (pts). DESIGN AND METHOD: A total of 3,208 consecutive hypertension pts prescribed with calcium channel blockers (CCB) were enrolled with the exclusion of diabetic pts. Pts were divided into two groups according to the additional prescription of renin angiotensin system (RAS) blockers; 1) the CCB group (n = 1,987) and 2) CCB + RAS group (n = 1,221)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Federico Giulietti, Francesco Spannella, Elisabetta Borioni, Francesca Elena Lombardi, Laura Landi, Emma Espinosa, Riccardo Sarzani
OBJECTIVE: ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) modulate the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) leading to an increase in plasma renin activity (PRA) together with a reduction of plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC), likely proportional to the pharmacological effect. AIM: to evaluate the efficacy of therapy based on ACEI or ARB, using PRA/PAC ratio values in real-life clinical-practice. DESIGN AND METHOD: We studied 184 essential hypertensives (59...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Marko Poglitsch
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is severe form of hypertension characterized by a strongly increased aldosterone secretion mediated by adenomas or other forms of adrenal hyper-activity. Once detected, PA can be usually cured by either surgical intervention or by appropriate pharmacologic treatments. The incidence of PA among hypertensive patients varies strongly between different studies, which is in part caused by the complex state-of-the-art testing procedure that is unfortunately far away from being a versatile PA screening tool...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Toshiro Fujita
The aldosterone/mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) pathway regulate renal excretory function and control BP. Notably, we identified Rac1 as a novel ligand-independent modulator of MR (Nat Med 2008), and found involvement of the Rac1-MR pathway in rodent models of salt-sensitive hypertension (JCI 2011). In the clinical trial (EVALUATE study), effects of MR antagonist on urinary albumin excretion were assessed in 304 hypertensive CKD patients receiving renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibitors and sub-grouped according to the estimated dietary salt intake (Lancet Endo & Diabetes 2014)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Lin Shi
According to the seventh report of Joint National Committee (JNC 7), hypertensive emergency (HE), a kind of hypertensive crisis, is defined as a sudden and abrupt elevation in blood pressure so as to cause acute target organ dysfunctions, including central nervous system, cardiovascular system or kidneys. Patients with HE require immediate reduction in markedly elevated blood pressure. Currently, there are no international guidelines for children HE, so the JNC definition is commonly used. Hypertensive emergency in children is rare but a life-threatening emergency...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Shokei Kim-Mitsuyama
There is accumulating evidence that RAS inhibitors not only reduce blood pressure, but also exert pleiotropic effects, including a renoprotective effect, amelioration of insulin resistance, reduction in onset of diabetes, and suppression of cardiovascular remodelling,. However, the definite benefit of RAS inhibition in treatment of hypertension with CKD or DM is not conclusive. We previously performed the OlmeSartan and Calcium Antagonists Randomized (OSCAR) study comparing the preventive effect of high-dose ARB therapy versus ARB plus CCB combination therapy on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in 1164 Japanese elderly hypertensive patients with baseline type 2 diabetes and/or CVD (Am J Med (2012))...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Louise Burrell
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays a major role in the pathogenesis of hypertension, a major risk factor for stroke, coronary events, heart failure and kidney disease. Within the RAS, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) converts angiotensin (Ang) I into the vasoconstrictor Ang II, which mediates its effects via the angiotensin type 1 receptor (AT1R). An "alternate" arm of the RAS is now known to exist in which the monocarboxypeptidase ACE2 counterbalances the effects of the classic RAS through degradation of the vasoconstrictor peptide, Ang II, and generation of the vasodilatory peptide, Ang 1-7...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Koki Takane, Yu Hasegawa, Lin Bowen, Takashi Yokoo, Shokei Kim-Mitsuyama
OBJECTIVE: Increasing evidences suggest that patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) show not only cognitive impairment but also physical disorder including cardiac dysfunction and sarcopenia. In this study, we investigated whether central angiotensin II, inducer of oxidative stress, led to the organ dysfunction in a mouse model of AD. DESIGN AND METHOD: 5XFAD which is an animal model of AD and C57BL/6 (WT) were each assigned to 1) normal saline and 2) angiotensin II (20 mg/kg/h) groups...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Akinori Higaki, Masaki Mogi, Jun Iwanami, Li-Juan Min, Hirotomo Nakaoka, Bao-Shuai Shan, Masayoshi Kukida, Toshihiro Yamauchi, Takafumi Okura, Jitsuo Higaki, Masatsugu Horiuchi
OBJECTIVE: Classical renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is mainly known as angiotensin (Ang) converting enzyme (ACE)/Ang II/Ang type 1 (AT1) receptor axis which induces various organ damages including cognitive decline. On the other hand, ACE2/Ang-(1-7)/Mas axis has been known to exert antagonistic actions against the classical RAS axis in cardiovascular system. However, the roles of ACE2/Ang-(1-7)/Mas axis in cognitive function remain to be elucidated. Here, we examined possible roles of ACE2/Ang-(1-7)/Mas axis in cognitive function in vascular dementia model...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yoshitsugu Iwakura, Ryo Morimoto, Kumi Kikuchi, Yoshikiyo Ono, Yuta Tezuka, Yasuko Tsukada, Masahiro Nezu, Yasuhiro Igarashi, Masataka Kudo, Akira Nishiyama, Sadayoshi Ito, Fumitoshi Satoh
OBJECTIVE: High prevalence of renal damage has been demonstrated in patients with primary aldosteronism (PA). However, the original mechanism and onset still be elucidated. The purpose of this study is to investigate the possible original mechanisms of renal damages in PA. DESIGN AND METHOD: Consecutive 72 patients with aldosterone producing adenoma (APA) and 70 patients with essential hypertension (EH) participated. No patients had renal damages defined as eGFR (based on Cystatin C) < 60 ml/min/1...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Sung Min Jung, Dong-Ryeol Ryu, Clara Tammy Kim
OBJECTIVE: In hypertensive patients with proteinuria, renin-angiotensin system (RAS) blockade would be beneficial for controlling both blood pressure and proteinuria. We aimed to evaluate prescription pattern of RAS blockade in Korean hypertensive patients with proteinuria. DESIGN AND METHOD: We used the National Health Insurance Service-National Sample Cohort (NHIS-NSC) Database for the analysis. It included randomly selected one million individuals in the National Health Insurance Database, which comprised 2...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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