Journal of physiology and biochemistry

Purified angiotensin converting enzyme from Rana esculenta ovary influences ovarian steroidogenesis in vitro.

PMID 15164946


The aim of the present study was to purify and characterize angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) present in frog ovary (Rana esculenta). Detergent and trypsin-extracted enzymes were purified using a one-step process, consisting of affinity chromatography on lisinopril coupled to Sepharose 6B. The molecular mass was 150 kDa for both detergent-extracted and trypsin-extracted enzyme. The specific activity of detergent-extracted and trypsin-extracted ACE was 294 U mg(-1) and 326 U mg(-1) respectively. The optimum pH range was from 7-8.5 at 37 degrees C and the optimum temperature was 50 degrees C. Optimum chloride concentration was about 200 mM for synthetic substrate FAPGG (N-[3-(2-furyl)acryloyl] L-phenylalanyl glycyl glycine) and angiotensin I, and 10 mM for bradykinin. The Km and Kcat values for FAPGG were 0.608 +/- 0.07 mM and 249 sec(-1) respectively and I50 values for captopril and lisinopril, two specific ACE inhibitors, were 68 +/- 12.55 nM and 6.763 +/- 0.66 nM respectively. Frog ovary tissue from prereproductive period was incubated in vitro in the presence of frog ovary ACE (2.5 mU/ml), captopril (0.1 mM), and lisinopril (0.1 mM). Production of 17beta-estradiol, progesterone, and prostaglandins E2 and F2alpha was determined. The data showed a modulation of 17beta-estradiol, progesterone and prostaglandin E2 production by ovary ACE.