Role of vasoactive mediators in the pathogenesis of Chagas' disease.

Shankar Mukherjee, Huan Huang, Louis M. Weiss, Sylvia Costa, Julio Scharfstein, Herbert B. Tanowitz

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Abstract

This review focuses on the vascular pathogenesis of Chagas' disease, the cardiomyopathy caused by infection with the parasitic protozoa Trypanosoma cruzi. Recent studies strongly suggests that T. cruzi infection is linked to functional changes in the activity of two potent vasoactive peptidergic mediators, endothelin-1, a vasoconstrictor, and kinins, a group of vasodilator and pro-inflammatory peptides related to bradykinin. Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying disturbances of vascular homoeostasis? induced by T. cruzi may provide opportunities for therapeutic intervention and amelioration of heart pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFrontiers in Bioscience
Volume8
StatePublished - 2003

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Protozoa
Kinins
Chagas Disease
Trypanosoma cruzi
Bradykinin
Vasoconstrictor Agents
Endothelin-1
Pathology
Vasodilator Agents
Peptides
Blood Vessels
Chagas Cardiomyopathy
Parasitic Diseases
Homeostasis
Infection
Therapeutics

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Role of vasoactive mediators in the pathogenesis of Chagas' disease. / Mukherjee, Shankar; Huang, Huan; Weiss, Louis M.; Costa, Sylvia; Scharfstein, Julio; Tanowitz, Herbert B.

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Mukherjee, Shankar ; Huang, Huan ; Weiss, Louis M. ; Costa, Sylvia ; Scharfstein, Julio ; Tanowitz, Herbert B. / Role of vasoactive mediators in the pathogenesis of Chagas' disease. In: Frontiers in Bioscience. 2003 ; Vol. 8.
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