Brain Angiotensin: Generation, Localisation And Physiological Function

Grant number: 300023

Abstract

The renin angiotensin system is one of the major homonal systems of the body that regulate the cardiovascular system and bodily salt and water balance. Drugs that inhibit the function of this system by reducing the blood level of the hormone angiotensin II or blocking the receptors at which it acts are in the forefront of treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure. It has been proposed that a separate brain renin angiotensin system exists that is not influenced by angiotensin II in the blood stream because of the blood-brain barrier. Strains of mice in which the genes that code for two components of this system - angiotensin converting enzyme (the enzyme responsible for generating an..

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