2 The Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System (RAAS) Most important neurohormonal system that maintains vascular tone and fluid-electrolyte balance in our bodyIs involved in the pathophysiology of most cardiovascular diseases and hence its importanceWorks through a negative feedback loop in our body
12 Historical aspectsACE was initially discovered from the venom of pit viper and named bradykinin potentiating factor and later it was found that this kininase and ACE were the same.Teprotide was the first ACEI to be synthezisedBut it had limitationsLater , captopril was developed as the first ACEI in 1977
13 ACEI ACE inhibitors differ in the chemical structure of their active moieties,in potency,in bioavailability,in plasma half-life,in route of elimination,in their distribution and affinity for tissue-bound ACE, andin whether they are administered as prodrugs.
14 ACE Inhibitors CLASSIFICATION Class I : Containing a sulfhydryl group - Captopril ( proline derivative)Class II : ProdrugsClass III : Water soluble- Lisinopril ( Lysine derivative )
15 ACEICaptopril is the prototype of the sulfhydryl-containing ACE inhibitors; others are fentiapril, pivalopril, zofenopril, and alacepril.In vitro studies suggest that the presence of the sulfhydryl group may confer properties other than ACE inhibition to these drugs, such as free-radical scavenging and effects on prostaglandinsIn vivo no much benefit has been found
16 ACEI – salient features Captopril by itself is active and its metabolites are also activeProdrugs by itself are not active and need to be converted to the active diacids in the liver and prodrugs have better bioavailabilityLisinopril is active and is not metabolised and excreted unchangedAll ACEI are excreted exclusively via renal system except fosinopril,spirapril and trandolapril which are excreted via the biliiary system and feces.
18 ACEI – salient features Bioavailability : highest – captopril; least – perindoprilMost prodrugs are carboxyl derivatives except fosinoprilTime to peak action – fastest captopril ( 1 hr)Elimination t ½ - longest with ramipril (8-48 hrs)ACEI with duration of action > 24 hrs : enalapril,lisinopril,ramipril and perindoprilCaptopril is the only ACEI to cross BBB but its clinical significance is unknown
19 ACEI – pharmacokinetics in a nut shell Nancy J. Brown, MD; Douglas E. Vaughan, MD Circulation. 1998;97:
21 ACEI- hemodynamic effects ACEI are beneficial in many waysPrevents generation of angiotensin IIUseful in conditions in which the renin angiotensin system is dysregulated like essential hypertension and renovascular hypertensionDecreases the peripheral vascular resistanceFall in systolic and diastolic BPNo effect on cardiac output
22 INDICATIONS OF ACEI 1. Heart failure Chronic heart failure due to any cause2. AMIEarly phaseAMI with HF3. Hypertension4. Chronic Renal Disease5. Diabetic nephropathy6. Risk prevention
23 ACEI – other indications Non – cardiovascularDiabetic and non- diabetic nephropathyScleroderma crisis ( captopril test to diagnose renovascular hypertension )
26 Adverse effectsFirst dose hypotension more in diuretic treated patientsHyperkalemia more in patients with impaired renal function and those taking potassium sparing diuretics and NSAIDsCough : occurs in patients within 1-8 weeks ; subsides in 7-21 days after discontinuation ;not dose related- earlier it was believed to be due to inhibition of bradykinin degradation; now it is believed to be mediated by substance P as kininase II is also believed to be degrade substance P. More in women
27 Adverse effectsAngioedema: the pathogenesis is found to be similar to the cough;cough and angioedema found in higher incidence in those concomitantly using DPP IV inhibitors as DPP is also responsible for substance P breakdown.Rashes,urticaria: do not need drug stoppageDysguesia is a reversible alteration in the taste sensation – found in captopril treated patients and believed to be due to the sulfhydryl moiety
29 Adverse effectsGranulocytopenia and proteinuria very rare but warrant withdrawalHeadache,dizziness ,nausea and bowel upset- in 1-4 %ARF in bilateral RAS due to dilatation of efferent arterioles and fall in GFR and hence contraindicatedFetopathic effects- 1st trimester produces cardiovascular malformations ( PDA ) and 2nd and 3rd trimester responsible for oligohydramnios, fetal calvarial hypoplasia, fetal pulmonary hypoplasia, fetal growth retardation, fetal death, neonatal anuria, and neonatal death and hence contraindicated in pregnancy.
30 Interactions NSAIDs especially in elderly, taking diuretics and ACEI Potassium sparing diuretics/ on K+ supplementsAntacids decrease absorptionReduce Lithium clearance and predispose to toxicity in those taking lithiumCaution inImpaired renal function, hypovolemia or dehydration
31 Contraindications Bilateral RAS Pregnancy Hyperkalemia Known allergy or hypersensitivitySerum creatinine (>2.5 – 3.0 mg/dl ) arbitrary cut off in patients with heart failure
32 PharmacogenomicsFound to be less effective in young and elderly blacksbecause are found to have less PRA.Adding drugs which increase PRA like diuretics have found to increase response to therapyAn insertion (I)/deletion (D) polymorphism in the ACE gene that correlates with ACE activity such that ACE levels are highest in patients who are homozygous for the ACE D allele, lowest in patients homozygous for the ACE I allele, and intermediate in those who are heterozygous . Persons with the D/D phenotype had subdued response to the ACEIAngioedema more in whites.
33 Some new concepts in ACE inhibition ACE inhibitors have also been shown to cause a central enhancement of parasympathetic nervous system activity in healthy volunteers and patients with heart failure. This action may reduce the prevalence of malignant cardiac arrhythmias, and the reduction in sudden death .The ACE inhibitor enalapril has also been shown to reduce cardiac cachexia in patients with chronic heart failure. Cachexia is a poor prognostic sign in patients with chronic heart failure
34 Some new concepts in ACE inhibition ACE inhibitors are under early investigation for the treatment of frailty and muscle wasting (sarcopenia) in elderly patients without heart failureThe lactotripeptides Val-Pro-Pro and Ile-Pro-Pro produced by the probiotic Lactobacillus helveticus or derived from casein have been shown to have ACE-inhibiting and antihypertensive functions ( discovered in Japan IN 1991)
36 ACEI in heart failurePanel A- ACEI in HF with depressed EF in a post AMI metaanalysisPanel B – ACEI in HF with depressed EF including postinfarction trials (metaanalysis)Benefit from therapy is seen very early and persisted long term
37 OmapatrilatOmapatrilat was a novel antihypertensive agent that inhibits both neutral endopeptidase (NEP) and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE).NEP inhibition results in elevated natriureticpeptide levels, promoting natriuresis, diuresis, vasodilation, and reductions in preload and ventricular remodeling.This was being promoted for CHF but was not approved by the FDA due to angioedema safety concerns
38 Omapatrilat - trialsThe OVERTURE (Omapatrilat Versus Enalapril Randomized Trial of Utility in Reducing Events) study:Omapatrilat was as good as enalapril but not betterIn the OCTAVE (Omapatrilat Cardiovascular Treatment Assessment Versus Enalapril) study 25,267 hypertensives were randomised to Omapatrilat or enalapril and a difference of approximately 3 mmHg in favour of Omapatrilat was seen.Significantly more cases of angioedema were seen with Omapatrilat in both trials.
39 IMPRESS randomised trial Comparison of vasopeptidase inhibitor, omapatrilat, and lisinopril on exercise tolerance and morbidity in patients with heart failureShowed a trend in favour of omapatrilat
41 ARBsThe ARBs act on the next step in RAAS and they block the angiotensin II receptor through which angiotensin II exerts its effectsWhy the need of ARBs arose after ACEI ?Clinical and experimental studies showed the initial suppression of angiotensin II after the administration of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors is later reversed and returns almost to pretreatment levels.The ESCAPE phenomenon was hypothesized which was strengthened by the discovery that angiotensin II can also be generated through non-ACEsIncreased incidence of adverse effects with ACEI therapy
42 Advantages of ARBs over ACEI Do not interfere with degradation of bradykinin and other ACE substratesMore complete inhibition of AT1 receptor activationIndirect activation of AT2 receptorOther molecular effects apart from the receptor action
43 Losartan was the first ARB to be synthezised and it was a imidazole derivative All ARBs expect for losartan are highly selective for the AT1 receptor. In fact, ARBs show 10,000–30,000 times greater affinity for the AT1 receptor than for the AT2 receptorThe majority of ARBs produce insurmountable antagonism ( non competitive inhibition )
44 What is the advantage of AT1 receptor specificity ? AT2 receptor may be exposed to a higher concentration of Ang IIIt increases the Ang II-induced AT2 receptor stimulation which may cause anti-cell proliferation and vasodilation
45 Other effects of ARBs Inverse agonism of AT1 receptor Anti platelet effectsAnti – inflammatory effectsReduction in serum uric acid levels
47 Benefits of Inverse agonism 1. Sometimes AT1 receptors are mutated and have constitutive activity which means the receptors can get activated in the absence of its ligandConstitutive has also been found in wild type receptorsLosartan,valsartan,olmesartan and candesartan have significant inverse agonism
48 Benefits of inverse agonism 2. AT1 receptor mRNA levels are upregulated by myocyte stretching over timeStudies have demonstrated that the AT1 receptor is activated by the mechanical stretching of cultured rat myocytes and constriction of the transverse aorta in angiotensinogen knockout mice without the involvement of Ang II, and these adverse effects were suppressed by an inverse agonist
49 Anti platelet effectsLosartan has some degree of antagonistic action on the thromboxane A2 receptor which is responsible for the platelet antiaggregatory effects
50 Anti inflammatory effects Ang II induces inflammation in vasculature and vascular remodeling, and subsequently promotes atherosclerosis. Ang II stimulates monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), interleukin (IL)-8, tumor necrosis factor-a and IL-6 productionDecrease in MCP-1 levels seen with irbesartan and losartanIncrease in adiponectin expression seen with irbesartan,losartan,candesartan and telmisartan
51 Anti inflammatory effects PPAR gamma activation with eprosartan – may be one reason of preventing New Onset Diabetes(NOD), the other being increased adiponectin levelsIrbesartan and olmesartan act as antagonists of chemokine receptorsActions are independent of actions on the AT1 and AT2 receptors and suggest a molecular level of action for the ARBs
52 Decrease in uric acid levels Compared with other ARBs, losartan, telmisartan and irbesartan have been shown to reduce serum uric acid.These effects are believed to be mediated at the molecular levels independent of action on the AT1 receptor
53 In a nut shellAngiotensin II type 1 receptor blockers: class effects versus molecular effectsShin-ichiro Miura, Sadashiva S. Karnik and Keijiro Saku -Journal ofthe Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System (Including other Peptidergic systems)March 2011 Volume 12 Number 1
58 The concept of dual RAAS blockade with ACEI and ARB Arose because of the phenomenon of escape phenomenon with ACEITo achieve complete and more effective blockade of Angotensin actionIt was combining ACEI and ARB would be of benefit but studies did not give promising resultsNow dual ACEI and ARB therapy not recommended except in non- diabetic renal disease -(COOPERATE,2003 trial showed progression of non diabetic renal disease retarded to a greater extent than with monotherapy.
59 Some salient features of ARBs Highest affinity for AT1 receptor – candesartanLongest duration of action - telmisartanAll ARBs need dose reduction in liver diseases
60 Adverse effects Similar to ACEI except Less incidence of first dose hypotensionCough , angioedema , dysguesia incidence less
62 T cells and angiotensin II induced hypertension T cells, which express AT1 receptors and NADPH oxidase, may play an important role in the genesis of A II–dependent hypertension, particularly obesity-related hypertension, as the activated T cells are selectively sequestered in adipose tissue.Homing of activated T cells to perivascular fat promotes vasoconstriction and vascular remodeling.Homing of activated T cells to perinephric fat promotes renal dysfunction and sodium retention
63 The ARB- MI paradox – a controversy unresolved The major ARB trials in high-risk patients have thus far demonstrated almost a complete lack of reduction in MI and mortality despite significant reductions in blood pressure.Paradoxically, rates of MI in some trials have actually increased with ARBs, which suggests that ARBs and ACEIs may exert distinctive effects on both the coronary circulation and atherosclerotic plaque stabilityThis unexpected relationship of ARBs with MI may be aptly described as the “ARB-MI paradox.”Martin H. Strauss and Alistair S. Hall: Angiotensin Receptor Blockers May Increase Risk of Myocardial Infarction : Unraveling the ARB-MI paradox ; Circulation. 2006;114: ;LIONEL H. OPIE and BERNARD J GERSH : DRUGS FOR THE HEART ; 7 Edition 2009
65 Role of aldosterone in CV disease Direct correlation of aldosterone levels and mortality in heart failureIncrease in myocardial fibrosisInhibition of the release of NOIncreased incidence of arrhythmiasIncreased response to vasoconstrictor doses of angiotensin ICritical mediator of early angiotensin II induced experimental myocardial injury
67 Aldosterone antagonists SpironolactoneEplerenoneCanrenone ( available only in europe)
68 What do they do? Decrease extracellular markers of fibrosis Decreases the release of cardiac norepinephrineVasodilator effects
69 Spironolactone- mechanism of action It is a steroid chemically related to aldosteroneCompetitive inhibition of the mineralocorticoid receptor from the interstitial side of the tubular cellInhibits formation of (Aldosterone induced proteins) AIPs
71 SpironolactoneSpironolactone acts as an antagonist and/or agonist at the following sites:AntagonismMineralocorticoid receptorAndrogen receptorAgonismProgesterone receptorGlucocorticoid receptor
72 Spironolactone bodies Long-term administration of spironolactone gives the histologic characteristic of spironolactone bodies in the adrenal cortex. Spironolactone bodies are eosinophilic, round, concentrically laminated cytoplasmic inclusions surrounded by clear halos in preparations stained with hematoxylin and eosin
73 Contraindications Hyperkalemic states Pregnancy - high risk of feminisation of female fetuses
74 Pharmacokinetics 75% oral bioavailability Highly bound to plasma proteinsCompletely metabolised in the liverActive metabolite canrenone ( ½ - 2/3rd of action in vivo is due to this metabolite)Half life of spironolactone is 1-2 hours; canrenone is 18 hours
75 Indications Hypertension To improve survival of stable patients with LV systolic dysfunction ( EF </= 40% )Clinical evidence of CHF after AMIRefractory edema in cirrhosis and renal disease – helps to breakdown resistance to thiazide diuretics due to secondary hyperaldosteronismTo counteract K+ loss due to thiazide and loop diuretics
76 InteractionsDangerous hyperkalemia can occur if given with K+ supplements or drugs causing hyperkalemia ( ACEI or ARBs)Aspirin blocks action of spironolactone by inhibiting tubular secretion of canrenoneSpironolactone increases plasma digoxin concentration
77 Adverse effects Drowsiness , confusion and abdominal discomfort Hirsutism,gynecomastia,impotence and menstrual irregularitiesHyperkalemia especially in renal diseaseRisk of acidosis in cirrhotics
78 Eplerenone More selective aldosterone antagonist Less likely to cause hormonal disturbances like gynecomastia,impotence and menstrual irregularities
79 EPLERENONEStarting dose 25 mg daily increased to 50 mg daily if serum potassium < 5.0 mEq/LIf serum K+ is > 5.5 mEq/L then the dose must be decreased or discontinuedSpecific warning in T2DM with hypertension and microalbuminuria because of the risk of hyperkalemiaDose for hypertension ; mg once dailyEqually effective in white and black patients.
81 Trial data – aldosterone antagonists Aldosterone antagonists (or mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists [MRAs]) are guideline-recommended therapy for patients with moderate to severe heart failure (HF) symptoms and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and in postmyocardial infarction patients with HF.
82 Trial data RALES,TOPCAT ( spironolactone) EPHESUS ; EMPHASIS-HF ; 4E ( eplerenone)AREA IN CHF ( canrenone )
83 The Eplerenone in Mild Patients Hospitalization and Survival Study in Heart Failure (EMPHASIS-HF) Eplerenone reduced the risk of the primary endpoint of cardiovascular death or HF hospitalization (hazard ratio [HR] 0.63, 95% confidence interval [CI] , P < .001) and all-cause mortality (adjusted HR 0.76, 95% CI , P < .008) after a median of 21 months
84 The Randomized Aldactone Evaluation Study(RALES) Eplerenone Post-Acute Myocardial Infarction Heart Failure Efficacy and Survival Study (EPHESUS) established that spironolactone and eplerenone, respectively, increased survival in patients with severe CHF symptoms from LV systolic dysfunction occurring with minimal exertion or at rest (New York Heart Association [NYHA] class III or IV) or CHF after an acute myocardial infarction
85 THE 4E STUDYThe 4E Study (Eplerenone,Enalapril, and Eplerenone/Enalapril Combination Therapy in Patients with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy) compared the effects of 9-month treatment with eplerenone 200 mg/d (n=64), enalapril 40 mg/d (n=71), or eplerenone 200 mg/d plus enalapril 10 mg/d (n= 67) on LV mass, systolic and diastolic blood pressures, and urinary albumin-creatinine ratio (UACR) in patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension and echocardiographic evidence of LVH.Combination therapy with eplerenone and enalapril significantly reduced LV mass
86 Ongoing trial TOPCAT study (Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure With an AldosteroneAntagonist)- is ongoingAt this time, however, there are insufficient clinical data to recommend the use of aldosterone antagonist therapy for the treatment of diastolic dysfunction.
87 Anti-remodelling effect of canrenone in patients with mild chronic heart failure (AREA IN-CHF study):To test whether canrenone, an aldosterone receptor antagonist, improves left ventricular (LV) remodelling in NYHA class II heart failure (HF). Aldosterone receptor antagonists improve outcome in severe HF, but no information is available in NYHA class II.Canrenone on top of optimal treatment for HF did not have additional effects on LVEDV, but it increased EF, and reduced left atrial size and circulating BNP, with potential beneficial effects on outcome
89 DRI- Historical aspects The concept of blocking the RAAS at its origin by inhibiting renin has existed for at least 50 years.The first synthetic renin inhibitor was pepstatin, which was followed by first-generation agents that were active but required parenteral administrationOral agents that were subsequently developed, such as enalkiren,remikiren, and zankiren, had limited clinical use because they demonstrated poor bioavailability (< 2%), short half-lives, and weak antihypertensive activity
90 AliskirenAliskiren is the first synthetic non peptide direct renin inhibitor (DRI) to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency for treating hypertension in 2007.Aliskiren binds to the active site (S1/S3 hydrophobic binding pocket) of renin, preventing the conversion of angiotensinogen to angiotensin I
91 Aliskiren Binding to Renin Aliskiren bound toActive siteWood et al. BBRC 2003.
93 Aliskiren - pharmacokinetics Direct renin inhibitor50 – 80 % decrease plasma renin activityPharmacokineticsAccumulation Half-life of ~ 24 hoursOral bioavailability of 2.6%7 – 8 days to achieve steady state levelsElimination Half-life of ~ 48 hours25 % excreted by kidneysMetabolized by CYP 450-3A4Does not induce or suppress CYP 450No effect on QT interval
94 Aliskiren – pharmacokinetics Pathway of elimination for aliskiren is via biliary excretion as unmetabolized drug.Less than 1% of an orally administered dose is excreted in urine.Not metabolized by, and does not induce or inhibit, cytochrome P450 enzymes and shows no clinically relevant pharmacokinetic interactions with warfarin, lovastatin, atenolol,celecoxib,cimetidine,amlodipine,valsartan,hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), or ramipril.The pharmacokinetics of aliskiren remain unaffected by ethnicity, age, gender, hepatic impairment, renal impairment, and diabetes.
95 Drug interactions It reduces furosemide blood concentration. Atorvastatin may increase blood concentration, but no dose adjustment is needed.Due to possible interaction with ciclosporin, the concomitant use of ciclosporin and aliskiren is contraindicated.Aliskiren is a minor substrate of CYP3A4 and, more important, P-glycoproteinCaution should be exercised when aliskiren is administered with ketoconazole or other moderate P-gp inhibitors (itraconazole, clarithromycin, telithromycin, erythromycin, or amiodarone).Doctors should stop prescribing aliskiren-containing medicines to patients with diabetes (type 1 or type 2) or with moderate to severe kidney impairment who are also taking an ACE inhibitor or ARB, and should consider alternative antihypertensive treatment as necessary
96 Adverse effects Angioedema Hyperkalemia (particularly when used with ACE inhibitors in diabetic patients)Hypotension (particularly in volume-depleted patients)Diarrhea and other GI symptomsHeadache, DizzinessCoughRashElevated uric acid, gout, and renal stones
97 Potential therapeutic roles of aliskiren Monotherapy for hypertensionComponent of combination therapy for hypertension, with a diuretic, a CCB, an ACEI, and/or an ARBAlternative to ACEIs or ARBs in the management of hypertension and the prevention of organ damageAlternative to ACEIs in patients with diabetic nephropathy or cardiovascular diseaseUse in patients with diabetic nephropathy or in African American hypertensive patients, in whom intrarenal angiotensin II formation occurs via ACE or non–ACE-dependent pathways
99 ATMOSPHERE (Efficacy and Safety of Aliskiren and Aliskiren/Enalapril Combination on Morbi-mortality in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure) studyAliskiren is currently being evaluated in a phase III study that will evaluate the efficacy and safety of both aliskiren monotherapy and aliskiren-enalapril combination therapy as compared with enalapril monotherapy in regard to cardiovascular death and heart failure hospitalizations in NYHA Classes II to IV HF patients
102 Role of aldosterone in CV disease Direct correlation of aldosterone levels and mortality in heart failureIncrease in myocardial fibrosisInhibition of the release of NOIncreased incidence of arrhythmiasIncreased response to vasoconstrictor doses of angiotensin ICritical mediator of early angiotensin II induced experimental myocardial injury
104 Major outcome trials of RAAS inhibitors with favourable evidence Trials in post MI HFACEI – SAVE (Captopril), AIRE (Ramipril ), TRACE (Trandolapril)ARB – VALIANT (Valsartan )Aldosterone antagonists ( EPHESUS)
105 Major outcome trials of RAAS inhibitors with favourable evidence Trial in AMI – Early phaseGISSI – lisinopril.Trials in cardiovascular risk preventionACEI : EUROPA (perindopril), HOPE( ramipril),PEACE( trandolapril)ARBs : ONTARGET ( Telmisartan)
107 Biased AT1 receptor blockade A very novel development in the field of ARBs is the concept of “biased” AT1-receptor blockade.Biased ARBs block AT1-receptor-coupled G-protein signalling in the “traditional” way, while simultaneously stimulating β-arrestin-coupled signalling which, for example, results in improved cardiac function.TRV is the first biased ARB in clinical development and is currently being evaluated in a phase II clinical study for the treatment of heart failure.
108 AT1-receptor blockade combined with neutral endopeptidase inhibition NEP is responsible for the degradation of atrial and brain natriuretic factor, which both have cardioprotective properties. Consequently, inhibition of NEP increases plasma levels of these protective molecules.LCZ696, which may become the first in class ARNI (AT1-receptor and NEP inhibitor) lowered blood-pressure more effectively than valsartan monotherapy in a phase II clinical trial.Phase III clinical trials are currently ongoing to test LCZ696 for the treatment of heart failure.Outcomes of these studies and data about long-term safety (potential risks for obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and angioedema have been discussed) have to be awaited
109 Novel therapiesAT1-receptor blockade combined with endothelin A receptor blockadeRE-021 is a dual AT1-receptor and endothelin-A receptor (ETA) antagonist which was successfully taken through a phase IIb study in patients in hypertension . It has potential for use in FSGSAT1-receptor blockade combined with nitric oxide (NO) release is in the pipeline
110 Novel therapies AT2 RECEPTOR AGONISTS potential use in post-myocardial infarction (MI) cardiac function,hypertension-induced vascular remodelling, pulmonary hypertension), neurological (e.g. stroke, spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease) and immunological (e.g. multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis) diseasesAT2 RECEPTOR ANTAGONISTS in post herpetic painANGIOTENSIN 1-7 analogues and special formulations in hypertension, post-MI cardiac failure, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, renal disease and RARecombinant ACE2 and ACE2 formulations