Reduced lung endothelial angiotensin-converting enzyme activity in Watanabe hyperlipidemic rabbits in vivo

Stylianos E. Orfanos, James B. Parkerson, Xilin Chen, Eugene L. Fisher, Constantinos Glynos, Andreas Papapetropoulos, Ross G. Gerrity, John D. Catravas

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We investigated pulmonary endothelial function in vivo in 12- to 18-mo- old male Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic (WHHL; n = 7) and age- and sex- matched New Zealand White (n = 8) rabbits. The animals were anesthetized and artificially ventilated, and the chest was opened and put in total heart bypass. The single-pass transpulmonary utilizations of the angiotensin- converting enzyme (ACE) substrate [3H]benzoyl-Phe-Ala-Pro (BPAP) and the 5'- nucleotidase (NCT) substrate [14C]AMP were estimated, and the first-order reaction parameter A(max)/K(m), where A(max) is the product of enzyme mass and the catalytic rate constant and K(m) is the Michaelis-Menten constant, was calculated. BPAP transpulmonary utilization and A(max)/K(m) were reduced in WHHL (1.69 ± 0.16 vs, 2.9 ± 0.44 and 599 ± 69vs. 987 ± 153 ml/min in WHHL and control rabbits, respectively; P < 0.05 for both). No differences were observed in the AMP parameters. BPAP K(m) and A(max) values were estimated separately under mixed-order reaction conditions. No differences in K(m) values were found (9.79 ± 1 vs. 9.9 ± 1.31 μM), whereas WHHL rabbit A(max) was significantly decreased (5.29 ± 0.88 vs. 7.93 ± 0.8 μmol/min in WHHL and control rabbits, respectively; P < 0.05). We conclude that the observed pulmonary endothelial ACE activity reduction in WHHL rabbits appears related to a decrease in enzyme mass rather than to alterations in enzyme affinity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L1280-L1288
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number6 22-6
StatePublished - Jun 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • 5'-nucleotidase
  • Endothelium
  • Pulmonary circulation
  • Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Cell Biology


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