Double Duty: Loss Of Protective Heart Failure Protein Causes High Blood Pressure

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 11:07 in Health & Medicine

Scientists have found that a protein that appears to have protective and perhaps healing effects for failing hearts also plays a similar role in high blood pressure. They found lower-than-normal levels of the protein S100A1 in cells that line blood vessel walls in animals with high blood pressure. Experimentally lowering the amount of S100A1 in the blood vessels dramatically increased blood pressure. The results suggest that S100A1 could be a target for blood pressure treatment.

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