Studies of neurotransmitter release in the pathogenesis of hypertension.
WJ Louis, B Jarrott, G Burnstock, H Watanabe
Contributions to nephrology | Published : 1977
Studies using a sensitive radioenzymatic assay for plasma noradrenaline suggest there is a selective overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system in essential hypertension. Methodology which allows the study of local sympathetic turnover in CNS nuclei and peripheral blood vessels is described. This approach has been used to study the non-innervated sympathetic turnover phaeochromocytoma. It is suggested that studies of local regulatory mechanism in neurotransmitter release are required to give a greater understanding of the central and peripheral role of the sympathetic nervous system in the pathogenesis of hypertension.