par Vincent, Jean Louis ;Su, FUHONG
Référence Best Practice and Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology, 22, 2, page (243-252)
Publication Publié, 2008-06
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : Arginine vasopressin, a hypothalamic peptide hormone, has multiple physiological functions, including body water regulation, control of blood pressure and effects on body temperature, insulin release, corticotropin release, memory and social behaviour. These functions are achieved via at least three specific G-protein-coupled vasopressin receptors. Development of specific vasopressin receptor antagonists in recent years is helping to elucidate the precise actions of vasopressin at each of these receptor types. The complex signalling and messenger processes which take place after receptor stimulation are now more clearly understood. Vasopressin dysregulation can occur in various disease processes, and a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying physiological synthesis, release and regulation of vasopressin will help in the development of therapies to treat these conditions. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.