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Curr Hypertens Rep. 2011 Feb;13(1):55-66. doi: 10.1007/s11906-010-0167-6.

Genetics of salt-sensitive hypertension.

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Division of Health Science Research, Fukushima Welfare Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives, Fukushima, Japan. sndmak2006@yahoo.co.jp

Abstract

The assessment of salt sensitivity of blood pressure is difficult because of the lack of universal consensus on definition. Regardless of the variability in the definition of salt sensitivity, increased salt intake, independent of the actual level of blood pressure, is also a risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and kidney disease. A modest reduction in salt intake results in an immediate decrease in blood pressure, with long-term beneficial consequences. However, some have suggested that dietary sodium restriction may not be beneficial to everyone. Thus, there is a need to distinguish salt-sensitive from salt-resistant individuals, but it has been difficult to do so with phenotypic studies. Therefore, there is a need to determine the genes that are involved in salt sensitivity. This review focuses on genes associated with salt sensitivity, with emphasis on the variants associated with salt sensitivity in humans that are not due to monogenic causes. Special emphasis is given to gene variants associated with salt sensitivity whose protein products interfere with cell function and increase blood pressure in transgenic mice.

PMID:
21058046
PMCID:
PMC4019234
DOI:
10.1007/s11906-010-0167-6
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