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Adipocyte-derived leucine aminopeptidase genotype and response to antihypertensive therapy
Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; AstraZeneca Research & Development, Mölndal, Sweden.
Department of Surgical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
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2003 (English)In: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, ISSN 1471-2261, E-ISSN 1471-2261, Vol. 3, article id 11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Adipocyte-derived leucine aminopeptidase (ALAP) is a recently identified member of the M1 family of zinc-metallopeptidases and is thought to play a role in blood pressure control through inactivation of angiotensin II and/or generation of bradykinin. The enzyme seems to be particularly abundant in the heart. Recently, the Arg528-encoding allele of the ALAP gene was shown to be associated with essential hypertension.

METHODS: We evaluated the influence of this polymorphism on the change in left ventricular mass index in 90 patients with essential hypertension and echocardiographically diagnosed left ventricular hypertrophy, randomised in a double-blind study to receive treatment with either the angiotensin II type I receptor antagonist irbesartan or the beta1-adrenoceptor blocker atenolol for 48 weeks. Genyotyping was performed using minisequencing.

RESULTS: After adjustment for potential covariates (blood pressure and left ventricular mass index at baseline, blood pressure change, age, sex, dose and added antihypertensive treatment), there was a marked difference between the Arg/Arg and Lys/Arg genotypes in patients treated with irbesartan; those with the Arg/Arg genotype responded on average with an almost two-fold greater regression of left ventricular mass index than patients with the Lys/Arg genotype (-30.1 g/m2 [3.6] vs -16.7 [4.5], p = 0.03).

CONCLUSIONS: The ALAP genotype seems to determine the degree of regression of left ventricular hypertrophy during antihypertensive treatment with the angiotensin II type I receptor antagonist irbesartan in patients with essential hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy. This is the first report of a role for ALAP/aminopeptidases in left ventricular mass regulation, and suggests a new potential target for antihypertensive drugs.

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BioMed Central, 2003. Vol. 3, article id 11
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Medical and Health Sciences Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems Pharmacology and Toxicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-69396DOI: 10.1186/1471-2261-3-11ISI: 000208281500011PubMedID: 13678427OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-69396DiVA, id: diva2:1254525
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Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research Swedish Research Council
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Karolinska Institutet

Bristol-Meyers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute

Sanofi-Synthelabo

Available from: 2018-10-09 Created: 2018-10-09 Last updated: 2018-10-11Bibliographically approved

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