Washington: A new University of Iowa study has identified a protein within certain brain cells as a communications hub for controlling blood pressure, and suggested that abnormal activation of this protein may be a mechanism that links cardiovascular disease and obesity to elevated blood pressure."Our study identifies the protein called mTORC1 in the hypothalamus as a key player in the control of blood pressure. Targeting mTORC1 pathways may, therefore, be a promising strategy for the management of cardiovascular risk factors," said Kamal Rahmouni, UI associate professor of pharmacology and internal medicine, and senior study author.The hypothalamus is a small region of the brain that is responsible for maintaining normal function for numerous bodily processes, including blood pressure, body temperature, and glucose levels. Signaling of mTORC1 protein in the hypothalamus has previously been shown to affect food intake and body weight.
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