Journal article

The kallikrein-kinin system in humans

DJ Campbell

Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING ASIA | Published : 2001

Abstract

1. Kinin peptides are implicated in many physiological and pathological processes, including the regulation of blood pressure and sodium homeostasis, inflammation and the cardioprotective effects of preconditioning. In humans, the plasma and tissue kallikrein-kinin systems (KKS) generate bradykinin and kallidin peptides, respectively. 2. We established methodology for the measurement of bradykinin and kallidin peptides and their metabolites in order to study the function of the plasma and tissue KKS in humans. 3. Bradykinin peptides were more abundant than kallidin peptides in blood and cardiac atrial tissue, whereas kallidin peptides were predominant in urine. The levels of kinin peptides i..

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