Current methods for measuring angiotensin converting enzyme activity (EC 184.108.40.206, ACE) are somewhat cumbersome and have limited the general availability of the test. We describe here a simple four-step radioassay for ACE which uses the substrate 14C-Hippurate-l-Histidyl-l-Leucine and measures the product, 14C-Hippurate. We found that incubation at pH 7.0 (Hepes buffer) increased the sensitivity of the test by 50 percent when compared to results obtained with the pH 8.0 buffer normally used for ACE assays. A split sample comparison study between the radioassay and the spectrophotometric method showed good correlation (n = 47; mean, spectrophotometric, 26.0 U/mL; mean, radioassay, 26.1 U/mL; m = 0.86; b = 3.9; r = 0.868). We found that there was no significant difference between the spectrophotometric, kinetic and radioassay (Newman-Keuls multiple range test), but the liquid chromatographic method gave results significantly different from the other methods. The assay for ACE described here combines enhanced technical ease with the sensitivity of a radioassay.
- angiotensin converting enzyme
- enzyme tests
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Biochemistry