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New hormonal blockade strategies in cardiovascular disease

CI Johnston, M Naitoh, J Risvanis, N Farina, LM Burrell

SCJ. Supplement | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 1998

Abstract

The circulation is controlled by overlapping haemodynamic, structural and neurohumoral mechanisms. Many hormonal vasoactive substances, mostly derived from endothelial cells, are also growth regulators. Although neurohormonal systems are involved in normal physiological compensatory responses they often become maladaptive in conditions such as congestive heart failure. The success of blocking the renin angiotensin system by angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors has led to efforts to block other hormonal systems. Neutral endopeptidase (NEP), the major enzymatic pathway for degradation of natriuretic peptides, has a similar catalytic site to ACE. This has led to compounds that simulta..

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