Malignant hypertension - the role of the paracrine renin-angiotensin system

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    Malignant hypertension remains one of the life-threatening complications of blood pressure elevation. It is a clinico-pathological syndrome of severe blood pressure elevation combined with malignant vascular injury. This is a characteristic form of vascular damage, with two elements: fibrinoid necrosis and endarteritis proliferans. Although the morphology of these has been well described, the molecular events are not fully understood. This review summarizes the evidence from transgenic animals for a role for the activation of a local paracrine renin-angiotensin system in the pathogenesis of malignant vascular injury. These animal models provide pathological, pharmacological, and genetic evidence supporting the hypothesis that intra-renal generation of angiotensin 2 and exposure of the microcirculation to elevated blood pressure co-operate in causing tissue damage in malignant hypertension.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)135-9
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Pathology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


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