Impaired pressure natriuresis is associated with interstitial inflammation in salt-sensitive hypertension

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Purpose of review

Impairment of the pressure natriuresis relationship is a central event in the pathogenesis of hypertension. Renal tubulointerstitial inflammation results in salt-sensitive hypertension and, until recently, the changes in pressure natriuresis induced by renal inflammation received little attention.

Recent findings

Oxidative stress and increased intrarenal angiotensin II activity, in association with rarefaction and loss of peritubular vascular network, may be involved in the inflammation-induced blunting of the natriuresis resulting from increments in renal perfusion pressure.


Here, we review the mechanisms for the impairment in pressure natriuresis resulting from renal tubulointerstitial inflammation in reference to the normal physiologic mechanisms involved in this response.

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