Author(s): GomezSanchez EP, GomezSanchez CE
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Abstract Addition of mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonists to standard therapy for heart failure, kidney disease, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes is increasing steadily in response to clinical trials demonstrating clear benefits. In addition to blocking deleterious activity of MR within the heart, vessels and kidneys, MR antagonists target MR in hemodynamic regulatory centers in the brain, thereby decreasing excessive sympathetic nervous system drive, vasopressin release, abnormal baroreceptor function, and circulating and tissue pro-inflammatory cytokines. However, brain MR are also involved with cognition, memory, affect and functions yet to be determined. Understanding specific central mechanisms involved in blood pressure regulation by MR is necessary for the development of agents to target downstream events specific to central hemodynamic regulation, not only to avoid the hypokalemia caused by inhibition of renal tubular MR, but also to avoid untoward long term effects of inhibiting brain MR that are not involved in blood pressure control. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
This article was published in Mol Cell Endocrinol
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology