Nov 1, 1994

Regulation of ACE gene expression and plasma levels during rat postnatal development

The American Journal of Physiology
O CosterousseF Alhenc-Gelas


Angiotensin I-converting enzyme (kininase II, ACE) is a transmembrane ectoenzyme of vascular endothelial cells that is also secreted in plasma. To understand why plasma ACE levels are elevated in children compared with adults, the age-related changes in ACE mRNA and enzyme levels were studied in 1-day- to 3-mo-old rats. In the lung, a rich source of endothelial ACE, the abundance of ACE mRNA and the microsomal ACE concentration increased progressively and tripled during the first 3 mo. This large increase reflects, at least in part, development of the capillary network. In plasma, ACE levels rose dramatically a few days after birth and decreased toward adult values after the 14th day of life. Because the elevation of ACE in plasma was contemporary to thyroid maturation, the effect of perinatal suppression of thyroid function by propylthiouracil was studied. Hypothyroidism slightly delayed the evolution of ACE in lung but blunted the postnatal rise in plasma ACE levels. A 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine injection to 14-day-old hypothyroid rats failed to alter ACE mRNA levels in the lung. Thus thyroid hormones are involved in the postnatal rise in plasma ACE levels but act probably on the posttranslational proteolytic pathway involved in...Continue Reading

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Biochemical Pathway
Clinical Enzyme Tests (Procedure)
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Integral to Membrane
Proteolytic Enzyme
Gene Expression
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