Pharmacological interactions between angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, bradykinin and nitric oxide
2000 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Cardiovascular diseases are a major cause of death in Western countries. Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) is as a key enzyme in the renin-angiotensin system involved in the regulation of blood pressure, and water and electrolyte balance in the body. ACE not ouly increases the conversion of angiotensin I to the active angiotensin II, but also degrades bradykinin. ACE inhibitors, like captopril, are today first-line treatment in hypertension and heart failure.
We have shown that two structurally different ACE inhibitors, captopril and fosinopril, exhibit anti-atherosclerotic effects in hypercholesterolemic mini pigs. Captopril, but not fosinopril, improved endothelial function in the iliac arteries from the mini pigs.
Bradykinin-induced relaxation of porcine iliac arteries was mediated by bradykinin B2 receptors and the subsequent release of nitric oxide (NO). ACE inhibitors did not affect the bradykinin-induced relaxation, implying that other enzymes than ACE (e. g. carboxypeptidase M; CPM) are involved in bradykinin degradation in these vessels. Bradykinin B, and B2 receptors on the vascular media elicited a contraction mediated by cyclooxygenase metabolite(s). Treatment with captopril potentiated bradykinin B, receptor-mediated contraction, due to CPM becoming responsible for bradykinin degradation.
Captopril potentiated bradykinin- and inhibited angiotensin I-induced contractions only in arteries with intact NO synthesis. This implied that NO synthesis is necessary for an effective ACE inhibition. ACE activity analyses did reveal that both exogenous and endogenous NO are able to inhibit porcine and human ACE activity. It was also shown that this inhibition is additative with captopril and enalaprilat. This additative effect of NO and ACE inhibitors on ACE activity affected not only angiotensin I- and bradykinin- mediated contractions of porcine iliac arteries, but also reduced human platelet aggregation.
In summary, ACE inhibitors show anti-atherosclerotic properties in hypercholesterolemic mini pigs. ACE inhibitor treatment of porcine iliac arteries did not affect bradykinin-induced relaxation, but instead shunted over bradykinin to other enzymes generating the bradykinin B 1 receptor agonist desArg9 -bradykinin. NO was found to be an endogenous inhibitor of ACE, acting in concert with therapeutically used ACE inhibitors to decrease vascular tone and human platelet aggregation.
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Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2000. , 105 p.
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 630
angiotensin-converting enzyme, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, atherosclerosis, bradykinin, endothelium, in vitro, nitric oxide
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27536Local ID: 12193ISBN: 91-7219-587-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-27536DiVA: diva2:248088
2000-05-25, Elsa Brändströms Sal, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
Andersson, Karl-Erik, Professor
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