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Bivol Liliana Monica - - 2005
The ANG II receptor 1 (AT(1)R) level in the nonclipped kidney of two-kidney, one-clip hypertension (2K1C) has shown to be unchanged despite a high circulating angiotensin (ANG) II level. To examine the vasoreactive response to ANG II in this kidney, injections of ANG II into renal artery were performed 6 ...
Touyz Rhian M - - 2005
The gp91phox-containing NADPH oxidase is the major source of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the cardiovascular system and inactivation of gp91phox has been reported to blunt hypertension and cardiac hypertrophy seen in angiotensin (Ang) II-infused animals. In the current study, we sought to determine the role of gp91phox-derived ROS on ...
Touyz Rhian M - - 2005
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Emerging evidence indicates that hypertension is a vascular disease associated with inflammation, induced through redox-sensitive mechanisms that are regulated by angiotensin II. This review focuses on the role of inflammation, oxidative stress and angiotensin II in vascular injury and discusses implications of these processes in hypertension. RECENT ...
Cholewa B C - - 2005
AIM: The present experiments were designed to determine the mechanism(s) for increased sensitivity to blockade of the renin-angiotensin system in mice in comparison with rats. METHODS: Mice and rats, with indwelling femoral arterial and venous catheters, were chronically administered angiotensin II or pharmacological inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin system as sodium ...
Anning Peter B - - 2005
12/15-Lipoxygenase (12/15-LOX) plays a pathogenic role in atherosclerosis. To characterize whether 12/15-LOX also contributes to endothelial dysfunction and hypertension, regulation of vessel tone and angiotensin II (ang II) responses were characterized in mice deficient in 12/15-LOX. There was a twofold increase in the magnitude of l-nitroarginine-methyl ester-inhibitable, acetylcholine-dependent relaxation or ...
Jung Oliver - - 2005
The soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) metabolizes vasodilatory epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) to their di-hydroxy derivatives. We hypothesized that the metabolism of EETs by the sEH contributes to angiotensin II-induced hypertension and tested the effects of a water-soluble sEH inhibitor, 12-(3-adamantan-1-yl-ureido) dodecanoic acid (AUDA) on blood pressure. AUDA (130 microg/mL in drinking ...
Harvey Paula J - - 2005
Postmenopausal estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) is reported to increase angiotensin II under resting conditions. To determine the implications of this increase for cardiovascular regulation during simulated orthostasis, blood pressure (BP), heart rate (HR), renin, angiotensinogen, angiotensin II, and aldosterone were measured at rest and during lower body negative pressure (LBNP; ...
Xiao Hong D - - 2005
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) acts to regulate blood volume and arterial pressure, and has direct effects on the heart. Renin, released by the kidney, circulates and acts-in the rate-limiting step of angiotensin II (Ang II) production-to convert angiotensinogen to inactive angiotensin I (Ang I). Ang II constricts vessels, leading to ...
Shionyu-Mitsuyama Clara - - 2005
The thermostability of the conger eel galectin, congerin II, was improved by in vitro evolutionary protein engineering. Two rounds of random PCR mutagenesis and selection experiments increased the congerin II thermostability to a level comparative to its naturally thermostable isoform, congerin I. The crystal structures of the most thermostable double ...
Mousa Tarek M - - 2005
Angiotensin II (ANG II) is known to activate central sympathetic neurons. In this study we determined the effects of ANG II on the autonomic components of the cardiovascular responses to stimulation of nasopharyngeal receptors with cigarette smoke. Experiments were carried out in conscious New Zealand White rabbits instrumented to record ...
Waeber B - - 2005
Treatment of hypertension remains a difficult task despite the availability of different types of medications lowering blood pressure by different mechanisms. In order to reach the target blood pressures recommended today combination therapy is required in most patients. The co-administration of two drugs with different impacts on the cardiovascular system ...
Brown J Anne - - 2005
This study describes the first investigations of the physiological signals involved in activating the newly discovered cyclostome renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and its role in the river lamprey Lampetra fluviatilis. Experimental manipulation showed that volume depletion (removal of 40% blood volume) rapidly activated the RAS of lampreys acclimated to water at ...
Gosse P - - 2005
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), which describes pathological changes in cardiac structure, is a powerful and reversible predictor of cardiovascular risk. There is a continuous relationship between left ventricular mass (LVM) and the likelihood of cardiovascular events, with no cut-off between the absence of such events and heightened risk. A correlation ...
Gerbaulet Stephan P - - 2005
BACKGROUND: Blood pressure-independent (BP) effects of angiotensin (Ang) II and endothelin (ET) on coronaries (remodeling) in high renin hypertension are incompletely understood. METHODS: We studied the effects of subdepressor doses of Ang II receptor (AT1) blockade with losartan (10 mg/kg/day gavage) and endothelin A receptor (ETA) blockade with LU135252 (30 ...
Unger Thomas - - 2005
The principal aim in the treatment of patients with high blood pressure is to ensure a maximum reduction in the total risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The renin-angiotensin system plays an important role in volume homeostasis and blood pressure regulation. The angiotensin receptor blockers control high blood pressure by ...
Kimura Shoji - - 2004
The candidate mechanisms for maintaining hypertension in a chronically angiotensin II (Ang II)-infused state include direct vasoconstriction of the vasculature, disturbance of renal water/sodium handling, and central/peripheral sympathetic nerve regulation of hemodynamics. The involvement of reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been studied in these proposed mechanisms and the importance of ...
Horita Yoshio - - 2004
This study investigates the ability of low doses of angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors, in combination with angiotensin II receptor blockers, to exert antiproteinuric effects in normotensive and proteinuric outpatients with immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy confirmed by biopsy. We performed a prospective, randomized, 6-month study of the effects of temocapril 1 mg (n=10), ...
Willemsen J M - - 2004
Generation of angiotensin II (Ang II) contributes to the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. Owing to the existence of high levels of Ang II within the kidney, blockade of the intrarenal Ang II levels may be important since long term outcome seems not only to be related to blood pressure per ...
Lucchesi Pamela A - - 2004
BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) transactivation is a mediator of angiotensin II (Ang II) signaling in cultured vascular smooth muscle cells isolated from large arteries. The present study used mouse mesenteric resistance arteries (MRAs) to investigate the role of EGFR transactivation under pressure-induced myogenic tone (MT). METHODS AND RESULTS: ...
Wu Feng - - 2004
Compromised microvascular responsiveness is one of the key factors associated with mortality of septic patients. The present study addresses the mechanism of protection by ascorbate against impaired vasoconstriction in septic mice. Sepsis (i.e., cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) model) elevated both plasma protein carbonyl (i.e., an index of oxidative stress) ...
Ytrebø L M - - 2004
BACKGROUND: Acute liver failure (ALF) is characterized haemodynamically by a progressive hyperdynamic circulation. The pathophysiological mechanism is unknown, but impaired contractility of vascular smooth muscle may play an important role. The aim of this study was to evaluate the vascular response to stimulation with norepinephrine and angiotensin II in endothelium-denuded ...
Broomé M - - 2004
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin II (Ang II) is a potent vasoconstrictor with an important role in the development of cardiovascular disease. Earlier results have shown a positive acute inotropic effect of Ang II in anaesthetized pigs together with significant vasoconstriction. This investigation was designed to study cardiac effects of Ang II, when ...
Watson Anna M D - - 2004
Urotensin II (UII) is a peptide that was originally isolated and characterized in fish. Interest in its effects in mammals increased with the identification of its receptor, G-protein coupled receptor 14, and its localization in humans. UII and its receptor have a wide distribution, including brain and spinal cord as ...
Gao Lie - - 2004
Chronic heart failure (CHF) is often associated with excitation of the sympathetic nervous system. This event is thought to be a negative predictor of survival in CHF. Sympathoexcitation and central angiotensin II (Ang II) have been causally linked. Recent studies have shown that NAD(P)H oxidase-derived reactive oxidant species (ROS) are ...
Van Huysse James W - - 2004
Intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) infusion of sodium in rats increases cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) [Na], mimicking the effects of a high salt diet in salt-sensitive strains and causing sympathetic hyperactivity and a pressor response that are mediated via both an endogenous brain ouabainlike substance (OLS) and the brain renin-angiotensin system (RAS). However, the ...
Shi Lijun - - 2004
AVP not only influences renal water excretion but also has profound cardiovascular effects in adults. Our recent studies have demonstrated that central angiotensin induced fetal pressor responses accompanied with AVP release. However, little is known of hormonal mechanisms in angiotensin-mediated fetal blood pressure (BP) changes. The present study determined AVP ...
Neutel J M - - 2004
Plasma renin activity and cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence correlate closely in people with hypertension. The effects of angiotensin II (Ang II) on blood pressure (BP) are important in hypertensive patients; accumulating data suggest that the growth effects of Ang II in the cardiovascular system play a critical role in the ...
Unger Thomas - - 2004
Activity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) is increased in patients with heart failure, and its maladaptive mechanisms may lead to adverse effects such as cardiac remodelling and sympathetic activation. Elevated renin activity has been demonstrated in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. (Third- generation synthetic non-peptide renin inhibitors, with more favourable properties ...
Simões E Silva Ana C - - 2004
OBJECTIVE: We examined the activity of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in normotensive and hypertensive children. STUDY DESIGN: Hypertensive patients (12 with renovascular hypertension and 15 with essential hypertension) and 32 normotensive subjects were evaluated at a Pediatric Nephrology Center. Blood samples for plasma renin activity (PRA) and angiotensin peptides measurements ...
Li Ming - - 2004
Angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are thought to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients, mainly by decreasing angiotensin II (Ang II) formation. Chymase, a human mast cell protease, has recently been proposed to play a role in blood pressure regulation because of its Ang II-forming activity. Here we show that ...
Walther Thomas - - 2004
To explore the role of angiotensin II, we assessed hemodynamics and cardiac function in angiotensinogen-deficient mice in comparison to wild-type animals. Left ventricular end-diastolic diameter and wall thickness were evaluated by echocardiography and systolic and diastolic left ventricular function by pressure-volume relations using a micro-conductance catheter. Compared to wild-type animals, ...
Denton Kate M - - 2004
We have shown previously that a moderate reflex increase in renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA) elevated glomerular capillary pressure, whereas a more severe increase in RSNA decreased glomerular capillary pressure. This suggested that the nerves innervating the glomerular afferent and efferent arterioles could be selectively activated, allowing differential control of ...
Zimmerman Matthew C - - 2004
Hypertension caused by angiotensin II (Ang II) infusion is associated with oxidative stress in the peripheral vasculature and kidney. The role of redox mechanisms in the central nervous system (CNS), a tissue known to be pivotal in Ang II-dependent hypertension, has not been investigated. We recently identified superoxide (O2*-) in ...
Sim Justein S N - - 2004
INTRODUCTION: Losartan improves stimulated endothelial function in patients with cardiovascular disease, but there are no data to establish whether losartan has this effect in normal man. Furthermore, whether losartan improves basal nitric oxide (NO) activity is controversial. We therefore examined whether treatment with losartan improved basal NO activity in normal, ...
Fournier Albert - - 2004
Most of the deleterious effects of angiotensin II (Ang II) on blood pressure (BP), cardiovascular remodeling, and atherosclerosis are mediated by Ang II type 1 (AT1)-receptor activation. This explains why Ang-II-decreasing or blocking drugs have been successful in decreasing global cardiovascular morbimortality in patients with cardiac complications. However, in primary ...
Hubloue Ives - - 2004
The role played by several vasoactive mediators that are synthesized and released by the pulmonary vascular endothelium in the regulation of hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) remains unclear. As a potent vasoconstrictor, angiotensin II could be involved. We tested the hypothesis that angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition by enalaprilat and type 1 angiotensin ...
Neves Mario F - - 2004
OBJECTIVE: Elevated plasma homocysteine has been associated with cardiovascular disease, although a causal relationship is unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether mild hyperhomocysteinemia (H-Hcy) may increase vascular stiffness of small arteries. METHODS: Wild-type (+/+) and heterozygous (+/-) methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (Mthfr) knockout mice, a new model of ...
Xing Guangqun - - 2004
Insulin resistance and hypertension are common disorders that are closely related. Among several factors, oxidative stress has been reported to be intimately related to these diseases. To elucidate the involvement of oxidative stress in the development of insulin resistance in a hypertensive model, we administered angiotensin II (Ang II), which ...
Gardner David S - - 2004
An adverse environment around conception and implantation influences later fetal growth and development to term in humans and sheep. Indeed, preimplantation undernutrition of rats elevated the systolic blood pressure of the resultant adult offspring. In this study, adult cardiovascular function is examined in a slower growing, non-litter-bearing species after peri-implantation ...
Pladys Patrick - - 2004
Intrauterine programming of hypertension is associated with evidence of increased renin-angiotensin system (RAS) activity. The current study was undertaken to investigate whether arterial baroreflex and blood pressure variability are altered in a model of in utero programming of hypertension secondary to isocaloric protein deprivation and whether activation of the RAS ...
Francis R C E - - 2004
AIM: This study investigates angiotensin II and endothelin-1 mediated mechanisms involved in the haemodynamic, hormonal, and renal response towards acute hypotensive haemorrhage. METHODS: Conscious dogs were pre-treated with angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) and/or endothelin-A (ETA) receptor blockers or not. Protocol 1: After a 60-min baseline period, 25% of the ...
Ozawa Yuri - - 2004
We examined the role of free radicals in renal microvascular tone induced by various vasoactive stimuli. Isolated perfused rat hydronephrotic kidneys were used for direct visualization of renal microcirculation. The effect of tempol on angiotensin II-, norepinephrine-, KCl-, and pressure-induced afferent arteriolar constriction was evaluated. Under angiotensin II-induced constriction, tempol ...
Inscho Edward W - - 2004
These studies determined the ability of AT1 receptor blockade or 'triple therapy', to reverse angiotensin II-induced hypertension and improve autoregulatory behavior. Experiments to determine if regulation of systolic blood pressure, in the normotensive range, would improve renal microvascular autoregulatory behavior in angiotensin II-infused rats. Hypertension was induced by chronic angiotensin ...
Potas J R - - 2004
Severe hypotensive haemorrhage results in a biphasic response, characterized by an initial increase in heart rate and sympathetic vasomotor activity (phase I) followed by a life-threatening hypotension, accompanied by profound sympathoinhibition and bradycardia (phase II). The phase II response is believed to be dependent on inputs from cardiopulmonary receptors, and ...
Wu Lin - - 2004
Prolongation of the QT interval of the ECG is associated with increased risk of torsades de pointes ventricular tachycardia. Ranolazine, a novel antianginal agent, is reported to decrease the delayed rectifier potassium current, I(Kr), and to increase action potential duration (APD) and the QT interval. However, ranolazine is also reported ...
Forhead A J - - 2004
Glucocorticoids increase blood pressure in utero, but the mechanisms responsible are unclear. This study investigated the hypothesis that the hypertensive effects of cortisol depend upon a functional renin-angiotensin system (RAS). The study examined, in the sheep fetus, whether blockade of the Ang II type 1 (AT(1)) specific receptor prevented the ...
Daneshtalab Noriko - - 2004
Inflammatory conditions decrease the cardiovascular response to calcium channel and beta-adrenergics blockers due, likely, to down-regulation of the receptors mediated by pro-inflammatory mediators such as C-reactive protein (CRP), nitric oxide (NO), and tumor necrosis factor. The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether down-regulation is also evident in angiotensin ...
Virdis Agostino - - 2004
OBJECTIVES: Angiotensin (Ang) II stimulates vascular reactive oxygen species generation via NAD(P)H oxidase activation. We investigated whether vascular NAD(P)H oxidase influences structure and function of resistance arteries from Ang II-infused mice. METHODS: Mice received Ang II alone (400 ng/kg per min, subcutaneously), Ang II + apocynin (NAD(P)H oxidase inhibitor, 2.5 ...
Mori Takefumi - - 2004
Renal perfusion pressure was servo-controlled chronically in rats to quantify the relative contribution of elevated arterial pressure versus angiotensin II (Ang II) on the induction of renal injury in Ang II-induced hypertension. Sprague-Dawley rats fed a 4% salt diet were administered Ang II for 14 days (25 ng/kg per minute ...
Maytin Melanie - - 2004
BACKGROUND: Reactive oxygen species (ROS) may mediate pressure overload-induced myocardial hypertrophy. NADPH oxidase may be involved in this process, because its expression and activity are upregulated by pressure overload and because myocardial hypertrophy caused by a subpressor infusion of angiotensin is attenuated in mice deficient in the gp91phox catalytic subunit ...
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