The renin-angiotensin system: a potential therapeutic target in ARDS?
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This paper reports a critical role of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in the pathogenesis of acute lung injury (ALI) in the mouse. Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) and its counter-regulatory homologue ACE2 determine the levels of angiotensin II (ATII) within the lung. By a series of logical stepwise experiments, manipulating …