Semipurified human kidney prorenin was exposed in vitro to a mixture of lipids mimicking the composition of the inner leaflet of the cell membrane, in the presence of semipurified human angiotensinogen at a concentration of 1/4 Km. Prorenin was activated in a time-dependent manner over a period of 60 min. This lipid-dependent activation was completely reversed thereafter. Pre-incubation with anti-renin serum completely prevented this activated prorenin-dependent generation of angiotensin I. Our data suggest that human prorenin can be reversibly activated by contact with the cell membrane.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Bollettino della Societa Italiana di Biologia Sperimentale|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1989|
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