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Can estrogens promote hypertension during systemic lupus erythematosus?

Authors
Journal
Steroids
0039-128X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
75
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.steroids.2010.02.010
Keywords
  • Lupus
  • Estrogen
  • Hypertension
  • Immune
  • Hormone
  • Inflammation
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract SLE is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disorder that predominantly affects young women. Based on this observation, it has been speculated that sex steroids, particularly estrogens, contribute to SLE disease progression. Young women with SLE are at an increased risk for the development of hypertension yet the reasons for this are unclear. One potential mechanism for the increased risk of hypertension during SLE is the chronic inflammation caused by immune complex mediated tissue injury. Estrogens are known to have an immunomodulatory role that can lead to the production of characteristic autoantibodies important for immune complex formation. Therefore, it is conceivable that during SLE estrogens contribute to tissue injury, increased inflammation and hypertension. This brief review discusses the increased risk for hypertension during SLE, the role of estrogens in immune system function, evidence for estrogens in SLE, and a possible link between estrogens and SLE hypertension.

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