2006 Volume 102 Issue 2 Pages 239-242
Effects of a new lipophilic L-type calcium channel blocker, azelnidipine, on the expression of molecular components of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) were assessed. Male Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats, a model of diabetes with hypertension, and their lean littermates, Long-Evans Tokushima Otsuka (LETO) rats, were treated with azelnidipine for 2 weeks. The renal cortical mineralocorticoid receptor mRNA in OLETF was higher than in LETO, but was suppressed (P<0.05) by azelnidipine. Renal cortical angiotensin-converting enzyme mRNA of OLETF was lower than that of LETO rats, and it was further suppressed by azelnidipine (P<0.05). Azelnidipine can down-regulate the gene expression of molecular components of RAAS.