angiotensin receptors

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an·gi·o·ten·sin re·cep·tors

(an'jē-ō-ten'sin rē-sep'tŏrz)
Cell-surface G-protein-coupled receptors that mediate the effects of angiotensin II. Two types are recognized: AT1 and AT2; the former mediates the powerful vascular smooth-muscle contraction responsible for the hypertensive response produced by angiotensin II; the latter is not sufficiently understood to be assigned any physiologic function.
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