Renin-angiotensin-aldosteron system: evolution of views from renin discovery to nowadays. Perspectives of therapeutic block

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Recent revolution in the knowledge about structure, physiological and pathophysiological effects of renin-angiotensin-aldosteron system (RAAS) took place recently when it was discovered that local synthesis of all the RAAS components occurs in target organs and their tissues (the heart, kidneys, vessels, brain tissues). It was found that besides classic RAAS acting via activation of angiotensin II (Ang-II) and its receptors, there is an alternative RAAS opposed to atherogenic potential of Ang-II. Renin and prorenin are shown to have both enzymatic and hormonal activities. Wider understanding appeared of extrarenal effects of aldosteron, its non-genomic activity. The above discoveries open new opportunities for pharmacological regulation of RAAS activity, which enables more effectively correct overactivity of this system in organs at risk of negativeAng-II impact.

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Marina Vladimirovna Shestakova


M V Shestakova

Endocrinological Research Center, Moscow

Endocrinological Research Center, Moscow


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