Identification and characterization of an amidating enzyme in ovine heart

Rebecca A. Lew, A. Ian Smith

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1. Levels of peptidylglycine α‐amidating mono‐oxygenase (PAM) activity were examined in sheep and rat heart. This enzyme is responsible for α‐amidation of a large number of peptide hormones, a modification essential for the bioactivity of these peptides. 2. PAM activity was measured in membrane and soluble fractions of atrial and ventricular homogenates by monitoring the amidation of iodinated synthetic substrate ([125I]‐Ac‐Tyr‐Val‐Gly). 3. PAM activity in both species resided almost exclusively in the atria rather than the ventricles, and similar levels of activity were found in left and right atria. Membrane‐associated activity was 50‐to 100‐fold greater than soluble activity in the sheep, yet was only five‐ to 10‐fold greater in the rat, indicating a larger proportion of soluble enzyme in the rat atrium. 4. Similar apparent Km values were found for atrial membrane‐associated activity in both species (15.6 and 17.4 μmol/L for rat right and left atria, 16.7 and 15.6 μmol/L for sheep right and left atria); however, the maximum velocity (Vmax) levels were higher in the rat (40.5 and 43.9 pmol/μg per h vs 12.8 and 15.1 pmol/μg per h). 5. Because expression of many peptides and processing enzymes can be regulated by steroid hormones, the possible effects of chronic glucocorticoid administration (1 mg dexamethasone i.m. twice daily for 10 days) on PAM levels were tested in four sheep, with four sheep receiving saline only as controls. There was no discernible effect of dexamethasone on either the distribution or the kinetics of PAM activity in the sheep heart. 6. This study demonstrates the presence of high levels of predominantly membrane‐associated amidating activity in sheep atria, and the failure of glucocorticoid treatment to alter this activity. The presence of abundant atrial PAM activity suggests the production of an amidated peptide which has yet to be identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-238
Number of pages8
JournalClinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • enzymes
  • heart atrium
  • post‐translational
  • protein processing
  • sheep.

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