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Angiotensin I: A decapeptide that is cleaved from precursor angiotensinogen by Renin. Angiotensin I has limited biological activity. It is converted to angiotensin Ii, a potent vasoconstrictor, after the removal of two amino acids at the C-terminal by Angiotensin converting enzyme.

Hormonal Regulation

JoVE 10893

The renin-aldosterone system is an endocrine system which guides the renal absorption of water and electrolytes, thus managing blood pressure and osmoregulation. Activation of the system begins in the kidneys with a small cluster of cells adjacent to the afferent and efferent blood vessels of the renal corpuscle. As the nephrons are filtering blood, juxtaglomerular cells monitor blood pressure. If they detect a decrease in pressure, they release the hormone renin into the bloodstream. Circulating renin interacts with angiotensinogen, a precursor protein synthesized by the liver, to create angiotensin I. A final step cleaves angiotensin I into angiotensin II, a process achieved by angiotensin-converting enzyme, or ACE, which is released by the lungs. Angiotensin II temporarily increases blood pressure by contracting smaller blood vessels. It also induces the release of aldosterone from the adrenal cortex of the kidneys. Aldosterone directly stimulates the reabsorption of sodium and the excretion of potassium by the kidneys to maintain electrolyte balance. Moreover, circulating levels of aldosterone stimulate the release of antidiuretic hormone, or ADH, by the hypothalamus in the brain. Upon reaching the kidneys, ADH upregulates aquaporin channels in the nephrons which increase the water retention in the blood vessels. The combined effects of

 Core: Regulation and Excretion

Peptide and Protein Quantification Using Automated Immuno-MALDI (iMALDI)

1University of Victoria-Genome BC Proteomics Centre, 2Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, 3Dept of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria, 4Proteomics Centre, Segal Cancer Centre, Lady Davis Institute, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, 5Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, Jewish General Hospital

JoVE 55933

 Chemistry
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