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November 01, 2011

Hope of a breakthrough cure for high blood pressure that could save millions of lives every year

Professor Brian Morris and his team have carried out research that shows the role the enzyme renin plays in triggering high blood pressure.

Dailymail UK - A cure for high blood pressure that could save millions of lives every year appears to be just around the corner.

Researchers believe they may be able to control production of an enzyme that can trigger the condition.

The breakthrough by Australian scientists is likely to lead to the creation of targeted drugs, which will slash the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Hypertension journal - Gene Expression Profiling Reveals Renin mRNA Overexpression in Human Hypertensive Kidneys and a Role for MicroRNAs




Scientists now understand how an enzyme called renin, which pushes up the odds of someone developing high blood pressure, can be over-produced in the kidneys.

They found that two molecules known as micro-RNAs can destabilise the production of the enzyme.

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