The pulmonary vasculature has been implicated in the clearance of several vasoactive substances from the circulation including angiotensin I (AI). In view of the previously reported age-related differences in angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) activity of lung homogenates, it was of interest to examine the ability of intact perfused lungs to metabolize AI. Lungs from newborn and adult rats were perfused with Krebs bicarbonate buffer containing 1.0 ng/ml AI in a single-pass, nonrecirculating system. The rate of perfusion was normalized to lung mass. Removal of AI was determined from the transpulmonary difference in radioimmunoassayable AI. Lungs from 7-day-old rats removed a smaller fraction of AI from the circulation than did adult lungs. The age-related increase in AI clearance was accompanied by an increase in pulmonary ACE content; however, enzyme content alone could not account for the observed differences. The increased metabolism of AI by the pulmonary vasculature during development may contribute to the age-related increase in circulating angiotensin II concentrations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1980|