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Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2003 Jun;67(6):1278-83.

Angiotensin I-converting enzyme inhibitory peptides isolated from tofuyo fermented soybean food.

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Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of the Ryukyus, 1 Senbaru, Nishihara-cho, Okinawa 902-0213.


Angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory activity was observed in a tofuyo (fermented soybean food) extract with an IC(50) value of 1.77 mg/ml. Two ACE inhibitors were isolated to homogeneity from the extract by adsorption and gel filtration column chromatography, and by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The purified substances reacted with 2,4,6-trinitrobenzensulfonic acid sodium salt. The amino acid sequences of these inhibitors determined by Edman degradation were Ile-Phe-Leu (IC(50), 44.8 microM) and Trp-Leu (IC(50), 29.9 microM). The Ile-Phe-Leu sequence is found in the alpha- and beta-subunits of beta-conglycinin, while the Trp-Leu sequence is in the B-, B1A- and BX-subunits of glycinin from soybean. Both of the peptides are non-competitive inhibitors. The inhibitory activity of Trp-Leu was completely preserved after a treatment with pepsin, chymotrypsin or trypsin. Even after successive digestion by these gastrointestinal proteases, the activity remained at 29% of the original value.

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