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UC San Diego researchers reverse pulmonary arterial hypertension in mouse models
Date:10/25/2009

tion afflicts more than 100,000 patients in the United States, causing 20,000 deaths per year.

"Pulmonary arterial hypertension is more common in the human population than is currently realized, and unfortunately, is often fatal," said co-author Stuart Jamieson, MB, FRCS, Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UC San Diego Medical Center. "Current drugs to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension focus on dilating the arterial vessels but do not address the eventual thickening of the artery walls. Fortunately, by identifying this drug target it seems we are now on the right path to developing an intervention that prevents abnormal cell proliferation."


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Contact: Jackie Carr
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University of California - San Diego
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