Redox control of renal function and hypertension

Antioxid Redox Signal. 2008 Dec;10(12):2047-89. doi: 10.1089/ars.2008.2034.


Loss of redox homeostasis and formation of excessive free radicals play an important role in the pathogenesis of kidney disease and hypertension. Free radicals such as reactive oxygen species (ROS) are necessary in physiologic processes. However, loss of redox homeostasis contributes to proinflammatory and profibrotic pathways in the kidney, which in turn lead to reduced vascular compliance and proteinuria. The kidney is susceptible to the influence of various extracellular and intracellular cues, including the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS), hyperglycemia, lipid peroxidation, inflammatory cytokines, and growth factors. Redox control of kidney function is a dynamic process with reversible pro- and anti-free radical processes. The imbalance of redox homeostasis within the kidney is integral in hypertension and the progression of kidney disease. An emerging paradigm exists for renal redox contribution to hypertension.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Hypertension, Renal / drug therapy
  • Hypertension, Renal / metabolism
  • Hypertension, Renal / physiopathology*
  • Kidney / metabolism
  • Kidney / physiology*
  • Models, Biological
  • NADPH Oxidases / antagonists & inhibitors
  • NADPH Oxidases / metabolism
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism


  • Reactive Oxygen Species
  • NADPH Oxidases