The renin-angiotensin system and cancer: old dog, new tricks

Nat Rev Cancer. 2010 Nov;10(11):745-59. doi: 10.1038/nrc2945. Epub 2010 Oct 22.


For cancers to develop, sustain and spread, the appropriation of key homeostatic physiological systems that influence cell growth, migration and death, as well as inflammation and the expansion of vascular networks are required. There is accumulating molecular and in vivo evidence to indicate that the expression and actions of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) influence malignancy and also predict that RAS inhibitors, which are currently used to treat hypertension and cardiovascular disease, might augment cancer therapies. To appreciate this potential hegemony of the RAS in cancer, an expanded comprehension of the cellular actions of this system is needed, as well as a greater focus on translational and in vivo research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / physiopathology*
  • Renin-Angiotensin System* / drug effects