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The human somatic angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) contains two homologous domains, each bearing a zinc-dependent active site. All of the synthetic inhibitors of this enzyme used in clinical applications interact with these two active sites to a similar extent. Recently, several lines of evidence have suggested that the N-terminal active site of ACE(More)
Somatic angiotensin I converting enzyme (ACE) contains two functional active sites. Up to now, most of the studies aimed at characterizing the selectivity of inhibitors toward the two ACE active sites relied on the use of ACE mutants containing a single functional active site. By developing new fluorogenic synthetic substrates of ACE, we demonstrated that(More)
The phosphinic peptide RXP 407 has recently been identified as the first potent selective inhibitor of the N-active site (domain) of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) in vitro. The aim of this study was to probe the in vivo efficacy of this new ACE inhibitor and to assess its effect on the metabolism of AcSDKP and angiotensin I. In mice infused with(More)
Aminopeptidase A (EC, APA) is a 130 kDa membrane-bound aminopeptidase that contains the consensus sequence HEXXH (385-389) found in the zinc metalloprotease family, the zincins. Sequence alignment of the mouse APA with other monozinc-aminopeptidases indicates the presence of a highly conserved glutamate residue (Glu352 in APA) found in the(More)
Aminopeptidase A (EC, APA) is a homodimeric membrane-bound glycoprotein that contains the consensus sequence HEXXH(385-389) found in zinc metallopeptidases such as thermolysin. The x-ray structure of the latter enzyme revealed that the two histidines of this motif are two of the three zinc-coordinating ligands and that the glutamate is a crucial(More)
Aminopeptidase A (EC; APA) is a 130 kDa membrane-bound zinc enzyme that contains the consensus sequence HEXXH (residues 385-389) conserved among the zinc metalloprotease family. In this motif, both histidine residues and the glutamic residue were shown to be involved respectively in zinc co-ordination and catalytic activity. Treatment of APA with(More)
Overactivity of the brain renin-angiotensin system (RAS) has been implicated in the development and maintenance of hypertension in several experimental animal models. We have recently reported that, in the murine brain RAS, angiotensin II (AngII) is converted by aminopeptidase A (APA) into angiotensin III (AngIII),which is itself degraded by aminopeptidase(More)
Aminopeptidase A (EC, APA) is a 130 kDa membrane-bound protease that contains the HEXXH consensus sequence found in the zinc metalloprotease family, the zincins. In addition to the catalytic zinc atom, APA contains a Ca2+ ion that increases its enzymatic activity. Aligning the sequences of the mouse APA, APN, and other monozinc aminopeptidases led(More)
By screening phosphinic peptide libraries, we recently reported the discovery of RXP407 (Ac-Asp-PheY(PO2-CH2)LAla-Ala-NH2), a potent N-domain-selective inhibitor of recombinant human angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). Preliminary studies to evaluate the in vivo activity of RXP407 in rat led us to suspect possible differences in the binding property of(More)
Through the development of a new chemical strategy, aminophosphinic peptides containing a pseudoglutamyl residue (Glu Psi(PO2-CH2)Leu-Xaa) in the N-terminal position were synthesized and evaluated as inhibitors of aminopeptidase A (APA). The most potent inhibitor developed in this study, Glu Psi(PO2-CH2)Leu-Ala, displayed a Ki value of 0.8 nM for APA, but(More)