N-domain angiotensin i-converting enzyme with 80 kda as a possible genetic marker of hypertension

  • Marques G
  • Quinto B
  • Plavinik F
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We have previously described angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) forms in urine of normotensive (190 and 65 kDa) and hypertensive patients (90 and 65 kDa, N-domain ACEs). Based on the results described above, experimental and genetic models of hypertension were investigated to distinguish hemodynamic and genetic influence on the generation of ACE profile in urine: Wistar-Kyoto and Brown Norway rats (WKY and BN), spontaneously and stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR and SHR-SP), one kidney/one clip rats (1K1C), deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA) salt-treated and untreated rats, and enalapril-treated SHR (SHRen). Two peaks with ACE activity were separated from the urine of WKY and BN rats submitted to an AcA-44 column, WK-1/BN-1 (190 kDa), and WK-2/BN-2 (65 kDa), as described for urine of normotensive subjects. The same results were obtained for urine of 1K1C and DOCA salt-treated and untreated rats, analyzed to evaluate the influence of hemodynamic factors in the ACE profile in urine. The urine from SHR, SHR-SP, and SHRen presented 80 (S-1, SP-1, Sen-1) and 65 (S-2, SP-2, Sen-2) kDa ACE forms, differing from the urine profile of normotensive rats, but similar to that described for hypertensive patients. The presence of 80 kDa ACE in urine of SHR, SHR-SP, and SHRen and its absence in urine of experimental hypertensive rats (1K1C and DOCA salt) support the hypothesis that this enzyme could be a possible genetic marker of hypertension. Taken together, our results provide evidence that ACE forms with 90/80 kDa isolated from the urine of hypertensive subjects and genetic hypertensive animals behaves as a possible genetic marker of hypertension and not as a marker of high blood pressure.

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  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme
  • Genetic
  • Genetics
  • Hypertension

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  • Jose KriegerHeart Institute (InCor)/University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine

  • Georgia D.M. Marques

  • Beata M.R. Quinto

  • Frida L. Plavinik

  • Odair Marson

  • Dulce E. Casarini

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