Antioxidant-based therapies for angiotensin II-associated cardiovascular diseases

Erin G. Rosenbaugh, Krupa K. Savalia, Devika S. Manickam, Matthew C. Zimmerman

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

56 Scopus citations


Cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension and heart failure, are associated with activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and increased circulating and tissue levels of ANG II, a primary effector peptide of the RAS. Through its actions on various cell types and organ systems, ANG II contributes to the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases by inducing cardiac and vascular hypertrophy, vasoconstriction, sodium and water reabsorption in kidneys, sympathoexcitation, and activation of the immune system. Cardiovascular research over the past 15-20 years has clearly implicated an important role for elevated levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in mediating these pathophysiological actions of ANG II. As such, the use of antioxidants, to reduce the elevated levels of ROS, as potential therapies for various ANG II-associated cardiovascular diseases has been intensely investigated. Although some antioxidant-based therapies have shown therapeutic impact in animal models of cardiovascular disease and in human patients, others have failed. In this review, we discuss the benefits and limitations of recent strategies, including gene therapy, dietary sources, lowmolecular- weight free radical scavengers, polyethylene glycol conjugation, and nanomedicine-based technologies, which are designed to deliver antioxidants for the improved treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Although much work has been completed, additional research focusing on developing specific antioxidant molecules or proteins and identifying the ideal in vivo delivery system for such antioxidants is necessary before the use of antioxidant-based therapies for cardiovascular diseases become a clinical reality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R917-R928
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2013


  • Angiotensin
  • Antioxidants
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Free radical scavengers
  • Oxidative stress
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


Dive into the research topics of 'Antioxidant-based therapies for angiotensin II-associated cardiovascular diseases'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this