Regulation of aldosterone secretion

MacKenzie, S. M. , Van Kralingen, J. C. and Davies, E. (2019) Regulation of aldosterone secretion. In: Litwack, G. (ed.) Aldosterone. Series: Vitamins and Hormones (109). Elsevier, pp. 241-263. ISBN 9780128177822 (doi: 10.1016/bs.vh.2018.07.001)

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Secretion of the major mineralocorticoid aldosterone from the adrenal cortex is a tightly-regulated process enabling this hormone to regulate sodium homeostasis and thereby contribute to blood pressure control. The circulating level of aldosterone is the result of various regulatory mechanisms, the most significant being those controlled by the renin–angiotensin system and plasma potassium levels. The importance of maintaining tight control over aldosterone secretion is demonstrated by cases of dysregulation, which can result in severe hypertension and significantly increased cardiovascular risk. In this article we summarize current knowledge of the major regulatory mechanisms, focusing particularly on the systems operating within the adrenocortical zona glomerulosa cells; we also describe some of the other factors that influence aldosterone production to a lesser but still significant extent. Finally, we discuss the influence of common genetic polymorphisms on aldosterone secretion in large sections of the population and also the emerging role of microRNA as significant regulators of this system.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Davies, Professor Eleanor and Van Kralingen, Ms Josie and MacKenzie, Dr Scott
Authors: MacKenzie, S. M., Van Kralingen, J. C., and Davies, E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health

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