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posted on 2019-11-22, 16:40 authored by Scott M. MacKenzie, Josie van Kralingen, Hannah Martin

The secretion of aldosterone by the adrenal cortex is a tightly regulated process. Loss of this control can result in severe hypertension and end-organ damage, so detailed understanding of the various mechanisms by which the body regulates aldosterone biosynthesis is key. The emergence of microRNAs (miRNAs) as negative regulators of numerous physiological processes has naturally led to their study in the context of aldosterone production. We summarise several studies that have demonstrated a significant role for microRNAs in aldosterone biosynthesis and action, thereby presenting a possible therapeutic role in the treatment of common forms of hypertension such as primary aldosteronism. Furthermore, the presence of microRNAs in the circulation offers the prospect of accessible and informative biomarkers that may simplify the currently protracted and technically difficult diagnosis of such conditions.



The original book chapter is available at Editor: Prof Brian Harvey, Molecular Medicine, RCSI Part of the ‘Aldosterone-Mineralocorticoid Receptor: Cell Biology to Translational Medicine’ collection:

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MacKenzie SM, van Kralingen J, Martin H, Davies E. MicroRNAs in Aldosterone Production and Action In: Harvey B, Jaisser F, editors. Aldosterone-Mineralocorticoid Receptor - Cell Biology to Translational Medicine: InTechOpen; 2019.

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