A new cause of hypertension

A new cause of hypertension

Australasian Science, October, 2002


Genetic hypertension in humans commonly coexists with other disorders such as insulin resistance and visceral obesity, and is sometimes referred to as “Syndrome X”. This complication, along with the knowledge that there are many contributers to the regulation of blood pressure, has made the identification of target genes extremely difficult.

However, Dr Vimal Kapoor of the University of New South Wales has found that a mutation in the KAT-1 gene appears to be a cause of elevated blood pressure in rats.

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