Role of monocytes/macrophages in renin-angiotensin system-induced hypertension and end organ damage

Tlili Barhoumi*, Stephen Todryk

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The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is a central modulator of cardiovascular physiology. Pathophysiology of hypertension is commonly accompanied by hyper-activation of RAS. Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) and Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are the gold standard treatment for hypertension. Recently, several studies highlighted the crucial role of immune system in hypertension. Angiotensin-II-induced hypertension is associated with low grade inflammation characterized by innate and adaptive immune system dysfunction. Throughout the progression of hypertension, monocyte/macrophage cells appear to have a crucial role in vascular inflammation and interaction with the arterial wall. Since myelomonocytic cells potentially play a key role in angiotensin-II-induced hypertension and organ damage, pharmacological targeting of RAS components in monocyte/macrophages may possibly present an innovative strategy for treatment of hypertension and related pathology.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1199934
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Physiology
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2023

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