Jan Wysocki

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Unlike the ubiquitous angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), the ACE-related carboxypeptidase 2 (ACE 2) is predominantly expressed in the heart, kidney, and testis. ACE 2 degrades angiotensin (Ang) II to Ang (1-7) and Ang I to Ang (1-9). We investigated the expression of ACE and ACE 2 in a rodent model of type 2 diabetes. ACE and ACE 2 were measured in kidney(More)
Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) degrades angiotensin II to angiotensin-(1-7) and is expressed in podocytes. Here we overexpressed ACE2 in podocytes in experimental diabetic nephropathy using transgenic methods where a nephrin promoter drove the expression of human ACE2. Glomeruli from these mice had significantly increased mRNA, protein, and activity(More)
Angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE2) enhances the degradation of ANG II and its expression is altered in diabetic kidneys, but the regulation of this enzyme in the urine is unknown. Urinary ACE2 was studied in the db/db model of type 2 diabetes and stretozotocin (STZ)-induced type 1 diabetes during several physiological and pharmacological interventions.(More)
Abstract Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is highly expressed in the kidney and hydrolyzes angiotensin II (Ang II) to Ang(1-7). Since Ang II is a strong activator of oxidative stress, we reasoned that ACE2 could be involved in the regulation of renal oxidative stress by governing the levels of Ang II. We, therefore, assessed levels of oxidative stress(More)
Prolylcarboxypeptidase (PRCP) is a carboxypeptidase that cleaves angiotensin II (AngII) forming Ang(1–7). The impact of genetic PRCP deficiency on AngII metabolism, blood pressure (BP), kidney histology, and cardiac phenotype was investigated in two lines of PRCP-deficient mice: KST302 derived in C57BL/6 background and GST090 derived in FVB/N background.(More)
L eft ventricular hypertrophy is the most common cardiac complication of hypertension. Although the initial adaptations associated with cardiac hypertrophy are compensatory, ultimately abnormal ventricular function including diastolic dysfunction (impaired relaxation) and often heart failure may develop. 1 Activation of the renin–angiotensin system and its(More)
Reduced plasma ACE2 activity in dialysis patients: another piece in the conundrum of factors involved in hypertension and cardiovascular morbidity? The renin–angiotensin system (RAS) is a complex regulatory network consisting of enzymes and effector peptides that facilitate the maintenance of homeostasis of several physiological processes [1, 2].(More)
Degradation of the biologically potent octapeptide angiotensin Ang II-(1-8) is mediated by the activities of several peptidases. The conversion of Ang II to the septapeptide Ang-(1-7) is of particular interest as the latter also confers organ protection. The conversion is catalyzed by angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 and other enzymes that selectively cleave(More)
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