Endogenous cystinyl aminopeptidase in Chinese hamster ovary cells: Characterization by [125I]Ang IV binding and catalytic activity

Research Group on Experimental Pharmacology, Department of Molecular and Biochemical Pharmacology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, Brussels 1050, Belgium.
Biochemical Pharmacology (Impact Factor: 5.01). 09/2004; 68(5):885-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.bcp.2004.05.047
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The angiotensin II C-terminal hexapeptide fragment angiotensin IV (Ang IV) exerts central and cardiovascular effects. Cystinyl aminopeptidase (EC, a membrane-associated zinc-dependent metallopeptidase of the M1 family, has recently been found to display high affinity for Ang IV and it was proposed to represent the AT4 receptor. We present evidence for the presence of endogenous cystinyl aminopeptidase in membranes from Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-K1) cells by binding studies with [125I]Ang IV and by measuring the cleavage of L-leucine-p-nitroanilide. The equilibrium dissociation constant of [125I]Ang IV in saturation binding studies (KD= 0.90 nM) was similar to the value (KD= 0.70 nM) calculated from the association and dissociation rates. Binding was displaced with high potency by the "AT4 receptor" ligands (Ang IV > divalinal1-Ang IV approximately LVV-hemorphin-7 approximately LVV-hemorphin-6 > Ang (3-7) > Ang III > Ang (4-8)) but not by AT1/AT2 receptor antagonists. Enzymatic activity in CHO-K1 cell membranes was competitively inhibited upto 94% by Ang IV and other "AT4 receptor" ligands (Ang IV > Ang III approximately divalinal1-Ang IV approximately Ang (3-7) approximately LVV-hemorphin-7 > Ang (4-8) approximately LVV-hemorphin-6). High affinity binding of [125I]Ang IV required the presence of metal chelators and the ligands such as Ang IV and LVV-hemorphin-7 displayed higher potency in the binding studies as in the enzyme assay. This difference in potency varied from one peptide to another. These pharmacological properties match those previously reported for the recombinantly-expressed human cystinyl aminopeptidase in embryonal kidney cells.

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    • "Determination of the aminopeptidase catalytic activity was based on the cleavage of the substrate L-Leu-pNA into L-leucine and p-nitroaniline (Demaegdt et al., 2004). This latter compound displays a characteristic light absorption maximum at 405 nm. "
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    • "We hypothesized an occurrence of such an interaction because DA-related pro-cognitive effects of Ang IV and des-Phe 6 -angiotensin IV have convincingly been linked with the DA-releasing activity of both peptides via presynaptic i.e. autoreceptor-related mechanisms (Stragier et al., 2004, 2005, 2007). The parallel use of Ang IV and its des- Phe 6 -Ang IV derivative with a similar to Ang IV high affinity for the AT 4 receptor identified as insulin regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP) (Albiston et al., 2001) [Kd = 2.6 nM for Ang IV, Kd = 3.9 nM for des-Phe 6 -Ang IV (Sardinia et al., 1993)], as well as similar IRAP enzyme inhibiting activity [pKi = 6.90 for Ang IV, pKi = 6.37 for des-Phe 6 -Ang IV (Demaegdt et al., 2004)], allowed control for any cognitive effects mediated through the angiotensin AT 1 receptors of which Ang IV but not des-Phe 6 -Ang IV is a weak agonist (de Gasparo et al., 2000; Harding et al., 1992; Le et al., 2002; Noda et al., 1995). "
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    • "This suggests that under physiological conditions the affinity of Ang IV to IRAP may be in a similar range as its affinity for the AT 1 receptor. This low affinity contradicts the high affinity by which Ang IV competes with [ 125 I]Ang IV for binding to IRAP with K i values in the range 7.4–14 nM (Lew et al. 2003; Demaegdt et al. 2004b). However, this highaffinity binding is likely to be an artefact since it has only been observed in the presence of chelators, which remove the Zn 2+ ion from the catalytic site of IRAP to produce its non-physiological apo-form (Demaegdt et al. 2004a,b; Laeremans et al. 2005). "
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