Journal article

Aliskiren, a novel renin inhibitor, is renoprotective in a model of advanced diabetic nephropathy in rats

DJ Kelly, Y Zhang, G Moe, G Naik, RE Gilbert

DIABETOLOGIA | SPRINGER | Published : 2007

Abstract

AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Blockade of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) with either ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blocker is a key therapeutic strategy in slowing progression of diabetic nephropathy. Interruption of the RAS may also be achieved by blocking the activity of renin, the rate-limiting step in angiotensin II biosynthesis. However, it is not known whether drugs in this class also reduce the structural and functional manifestations of diabetic nephropathy. METHODS: Using diabetic transgenic (mRen-2)27 rats, a rodent model of advanced diabetic nephropathy, we compared the efficacy of the renin inhibitor, aliskiren (10 mg kg(-1) day(-1) by osmotic mini-pump), with the ACE inhibitor, ..

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