PMID: 43644Dec 1, 1979

The mechanism of the acid activation of rabbit uterine renin

Acta Endocrinologica
J Jørgensen


Besides active renin an inactive form of renin could be demonstrated in uterine tissue. On gel filtration it was eluted as a molecule of slightly higher molecular weight than active renin, and it could be irreversibly activated by acidification at 37 degrees C. The activation had a pH optimum between pH 3.8 and pH 5.3. Acid activated uterine renin was found identical to active uterine renin by 1) the formation of angiotensin I with time after addition of rat substrate, 2) the pressor response in the rat, 3) neutralization by antirenin and 4) similar Michaelian constants. Repeated freezing and thawing, acidification at 4 degrees C and dialysis against 4 mol/l NaCl did not give any activation. A lower rate of activation of diluted samples and activation by trypsin at pH 7.4 suggest that proteolytic enzymes are involved in the activation.


Jun 1, 1991·Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology·A H NielsenK Poulsen

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