Renin in thymus, gut, hindlimb, and adrenal of (mRen-2)27 and normal rats: Secretion and content studies

Pei Rong, Jennifer L. Wilkinson-Berka, Sandford L. Skinner

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Thymic ablation and assay of organ renin revealed that one-third of the increasing plasma level of active renin after removal of kidneys and adrenals from Ren-2 rats originates from the thymus. Splanchnic arteriovenous difference and renin content indicate that gut can account for the remainder. Secretion of active renin from these sites correlated significantly with increasing plasma potassium. Prorenin was not secreted from these sites or from hindlimb in amounts sufficient to raise the plasma level, and yet plasma prorenin remained higher than active renin throughout the 12-h protocol. The source of prorenin that accounts for the high plasma prorenin phenotype of the intact conscious Ren-2 rat was not specifically identified. When sensitive assays were used, a low level of active renin secretion from thymus and gut was also apparent 12 h after removal of kidneys and adrenals in normal Sprague-Dawley rats, and plasma prorenin was at this time higher than active renin. A likely source of this extrarenal, extra-adrenal renin is the macrophage.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number4 40-4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Hypertension
  • Macrophage renin
  • Prorenin
  • Tissue renin

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