The role of kinases in regulating hypertension

A report in the Journal of Clinical Investigation sheds new light on the role of WNK kinases in regulating blood pressure, which in likely to trigger research into new therapies for the very common, lethal disease. One of the kinases acts as a regulator of blood pressure. A team of Oregon Health & Science University researchers also found that another kinase retains salt in the body, a key feature of hypertension.

"It has been known that these kinases are important for regulating blood pressure, because mutations of them cause hypertension," Dr. David H. Ellison told HealthDay News. "This report adds two things that were not previously known."

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