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The effect of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition by captopril on respiratory mechanics in healthy rats.
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PMID:  22591316     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Context: Angiotensin stimulates smooth-muscle contraction. Accordingly, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibition is expected to decrease airway resistance. Objectives: To measure the effects of ACE inhibition on respiratory mechanics in healthy mammals. Materials and methods: We measured respiratory mechanics before and after i.p. ACE inhibitor captopril (100 mg/kg) in normal anaesthetised rats. The end-inflation occlusion method allowed the measurements of respiratory system elastance and ohmic and viscoelastic pressure dissipations. Respiratory system hysteresis and the elastic and resistive work of breathing were calculated. Results: Captopril induced a reduction of the ohmic and the total respiratory system resistances, while respiratory system hysteresis and elastance did not change. Accordingly, a reduction of the resistive and of the total work of breathing was observed. Conclusions: The captopril-induced reduction of airway resistance indicates that angiotensin modulates bronchomotor tone in basal conditions. ACE inhibition may positively affect respiratory system mechanics and work of breathing.
Alessandro Rubini; Marco Redaelli; Andrea Parmagnani
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of enzyme inhibition and medicinal chemistry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1475-6374     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-5-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101150203     Medline TA:  J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Section Physiology, University of Padova, Via Marzolo , Padova , Italy.
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