11 beta-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase: a link between the dysregulation of cortisol metabolism and hypertension.

Endocrine pathology is a well-recognised and important cause of human hypertension. Recent research has highlighted the role of 11 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11 beta-HSD) in the development of certain forms of hypertension. This enzyme, which exists as two genetically unique isoforms, 11 beta-HSD1 and 11 beta-HSD2, is responsible for the… CONTINUE READING