Angiotensin II stimulates the nuclear translocation of Smad2 and induces PAI-1 mRNA in rat hepatic stellate cells.


It has recently been reported that angiotensin II (ANGII) stimulates gene expression of transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) and is involved in hepatic fibrosis. This effect is thought to be caused through ANGII type 1 receptor (ATR1). However, a role of ANGII at the postreceptor levels of TGF-beta1 signaling has not been identified. To clarify the… (More)


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