Vol 71, No 4 (2020)
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Associations between renalase concentration and the occurrence of selected diseases

Justyna Czubilińska-Łada1, Aleksandra Gliwińska2, Andrzej Badeński2, Maria Szczepańska3
Pubmed: 32852050
Endokrynol Pol 2020;71(4):334-342.


Renalase is a recently identified flavoprotein oxidase, secreted mainly by the kidneys, which takes part in the degradation of catecholamines. The catecholamine inactivating effect results in the modulation of the sympathetic system tension and, consequently, in a decrease of blood pressure, myocardial contractility, heart rate, and vascular tone. Besides its enzymatic capacity, renalase shows cytoprotective properties by activating mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. Several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the renalase gene have been identified, of which the most widely studied in relation to the development of selected diseases are rs2296545, rs10887800, and rs2576178. Numerous publications prove the contribution of renalase to the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases, kidney diseases, ischaemic stroke, diabetes type 1 and 2, as well as female infertility and schizophrenia. Further extended research into the various mechanisms of renalase activity may result in the use of this oxidase or its analogues as a therapeutic and/or diagnostic tool.

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