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Eur Heart J. 1994 Dec;15 Suppl D:24-9.

Angiotensin I converting enzyme gene: regulation, polymorphism and implications in cardiovascular diseases.

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INSERM U36, Paris, France.


Angiotensin I converting enzyme (ACE), also called dipeptidyl-carboxypeptidase I (DCP I), is a zinc metallopeptidase widely distributed on the surface of endothelial and epithelial cells. Its role in the vasoactive peptide, the metabolism of the two active peptides, angiotensin and bradykinin, and the beneficial effects of its inhibition in cardiovascular diseases, have raised considerable interest in this enzyme. The potential implications of ACE gene polymorphism, which affects the expression of the gene in cardiovascular diseases, has been widely investigated. This review summarizes the results of these studies.

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