Recent clinical studies have shown that RAS inhibitors are effective not only for the prevention of end-organ damage in hypertensive patients, but also for prevention of new-onset hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and atrial fibrillation. Vaccines against the RAS have been developed since the 1950s, and a recent phase IIa placebo-controlled study has confirmed that an angiotensin vaccine causes a significant decrease in blood pressure in hypertensive patients. The results of animal experiments from our and other laboratories have suggested that vaccination against the angiotensin type 1 (AT1) receptor causes a significant decrease in blood pressure in animal models of hypertension, and also ameliorates hypertensive end-organ damage. The angiotensin receptor may therefore be an important target for the development of vaccines for the prevention of hypertension and related complications.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Nihon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2011 Sept 1|
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