Absence of Intrarenal ACE Protects Against Hypertension

A team of researchers, including Dr. Janos Peti-Peterdi and Dr. Alicia McDonough of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has identified a new target for eliminating hypertension, which is a leading cause of kidney disease. The initial research was funded in part by a grant from UKRO. The renin-angiotensin…

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ACE2 Molecule May Protect Against Diabetic Complications Including Kidney Damage

A team of researchers from University of Alberta and University of Florida have shown that angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 or ACE2 can protect against diabetic complications, specifically heart damage, in diabetic mice. Their previous research demonstrated that ACE2 protects the kidneys as well. ACE2 protects by breaking down Angiotensin II, a hormone…

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