Role of AT1 Receptor Blockade in Reperfused Myocardial Infarction

  • Bodh I. Jugdutt
Part of the Progress in Experimental Cardiology book series (PREC, volume 7)


Angiotensin II (Angll) type 1 (AT1) receptor blockade is an attractive therapeutic strategy for blocking the effects of Angll mediated through the AT1 receptor after ischemia-reperfusion (IR) or reperfused myocardial infarction (MI). Cumulative evidence indicates that blocking the effects of excessive Angll might produce benefits beyond those of lowering of blood pressure. Although early coronary artery reperfusion is becoming established for the initial management of patients with acute MI, it results in reperfusion injury, with myocardial stunning and persistent left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Since Angll is released during IR and MI, and exerts several effects that enhance IR injury, AT1 receptor blockade might be beneficial as adjunctive therapy after IR and reperfused MI. Recent studies suggest that the Angll type 2 (AT2) receptor and downstream signaling via PKCε (protein kinase Cε) and nitric oxide (NO) might contribute to the cardioprotection induced by AT1 receptor blockade during IR.

Key words

Angiotensin receptors ischemia-reperfusion ventricular function apoptosis angiotensin receptor antagonists 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, and Cardiovascular Research Group, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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