Effects of the renin angiotensin system on vasculogenesis-related progenitor cells

Anton Jm Roks, Kathy Rodgers, Thomas Walther

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The current concept is that there are both cells that integrate into the vasculature, true endothelial progenitor cells (EPC), and cells with hematopoietic markers that support neovascularisation. As identification of the EPC is controversial and studies refer cells that might fall into either pools, we will use the term, vasculogenesis-related progenitor cells (VRPC), for this review. VRPC are considered to be an important target for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Angiotensin II is known to be an important player in neovascularisation and the modulation of renin angiotensin system (RAS) is one of the major pharmacotherapeutic strategies for the treatment of CVD. We will review the effects of different components of the RAS on such VRPC under physiological conditions and in CVD. The reviewed research strongly supports a critical role of the RAS in vasculogenesis and vascular regeneration. Therefore, pharmacological intervention on the components of the RAS does not only target directly end-organ remodelling and blood pressure but also influence tissue healing and/or regeneration by influencing specific progenitor cells. Thus, the interrogation of RAS effects on VRPC will be important in the optimisation of RAS intervention or regenerative therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-174
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Opinion in Pharmacology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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