Antiproteinuric effect of RAS blockade: New mechanisms

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Experimental and clinical studies have shown that blockade of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is effective in reducing proteinuria in conditions such as diabetes by reducing systemic and intraglomerular hydrostatic pressure. However, increasing evidence suggests that nonhemodynamic effects, such as preservation of the podocyte slit diaphragm structure and function, may also mediate the antiproteinuric effects of RAS blockade. In this review, we analyze in detail the evidence for known and novel mechanisms considered to play important roles in mediating the antiproteinuric effect of RAS blockers, with a particular focus on diabetic nephropathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-392
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Hypertension Reports
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

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