Last updated on February 2020

Cardiovascular Effects of Angiotensin (1-7) in Essential Hypertension


Brief description of study

The purpose of this study is to better understand the cardiovascular effects of the vasodilatory peptide Angiotensin (1-7) in human hypertension. In this study, the investigators will test the hypothesis that systemic Angiotensin (1-7) infusion produces negligible effects with intact baroreceptors, and that the cardiovascular effects of this peptide are unmasked following elimination of baroreflex buffering.

Detailed Study Description

Pharmacologic approaches to increase levels or actions of the vasodilatory peptide Angiotensin (1-7) are currently in development for the treatment of hypertension based on findings from animal studies. There are limited and contradictory clinical studies, however, and it is unclear if this peptide even contributes to blood pressure regulation in humans. The purpose of this study is to learn more about the cardiovascular effects of Angiotensin (1-7) in essential hypertension, and to examine interactions of this peptide with the autonomic nervous system for blood pressure regulation. The investigators propose that the difficulties in showing Angiotensin (1-7) cardiovascular effects in previous clinical studies relates to the buffering capacity of the baroreceptor reflex to prevent changes in blood pressure. In this study, the investigators will test the hypothesis that Angiotensin (1-7) produces negligible effects with intact baroreceptors, and that the cardiovascular effects of this peptide are unmasked following elimination of baroreflex buffering. To test this hypothesis, the investigators will examine the effects of acute intravenous Angiotensin (1-7) infusion on blood pressure in subjects with essential hypertension under intact conditions and following acute autonomic withdrawal with the ganglionic blocker trimethaphan. The primary outcome will be the decrease in systolic blood pressure produced by Angiotensin (1-7) infusion, with comparisons made between intact and blocked study days. As a secondary objective, the investigators will examine for changes in systemic hemodynamics and circulating hormones in response to the Angiotensin (1-7) infusion, to determine potential mechanisms underlying any changes in blood pressure.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02245230

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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN United States
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