Jul 14, 1999

Genetic determinants of plasma ACE and renin activity in young normotensive twins

Journal of Hypertension
G P RossiA C Pessina


We investigated the determinants of plasma renin activity (PRA) and plasma levels of angiotensin-converting enzyme (pACE), including the effect of the D/I polymorphism of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene, in monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twins. Sixty-nine pairs of twins underwent measurements of blood pressure, pACE and ACE D/I genotyping. In addition, in 30 pairs ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) monitoring was carried out. To ascertain twin's zygosity, some highly discriminating variable number of tandem repeats micro- and mini-satellite systems were analysed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and silver staining. The D/I polymorphism was assessed by PCR; pACE was measured in triplicate with a colorimetric assay, and PRA by a commercial kit. In DZ twins, identity by descent of the D/I alleles was examined by PCR amplification of a highly polymorphic simple sequence repeat at the human growth hormone gene. pACE levels were significantly (P < 0.01) higher in DD (9.27 +/- 2.60 IU/l, mean +/-SD) than in II (6.68 +/- 3.0), with DI having intermediate levels (7.93 +/- 2.7). No difference of PRA between different D/I genotypes was found. Twin data analysis showed a stati...Continue Reading

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Variable Number of Tandem Repeats
Short Tandem Repeat
Quantitative Trait Loci
Growth Hormone Activity
Dysequilibrium Syndrome
Monozygotic Twins
Minisatellite Repeats
Gene Amplification Technique
Growth Hormone Measurement
Blood Pressure

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