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Novel Angiotensin I-Converting Enzyme Inhibitory Peptides Found in a Thermolysin-Treated Elastin with Antihypertensive Activity.
Sato Y, Toyoda T, Shimizu-Ibuka A, Tamura T, Kobayashi-Hattori K, Nakamura T, Arai S, Mura K., Biosci Biotechnol Biochem.
DOI: 10.1271/bbb.120083
Epub ahead of print July 7, 2012

Angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory activity was generated from elastin and collagen by hydrolyzing with thermolysin. The IC50 value of 531.6 µg/mL for ACE inhibition by the elastin hydrolysate was five times less than 2885.1 µg/mL by the collagen hydrolysate. We confirmed the antihypertensive activity of the elastin hydrolysate in vivo by feeding spontaneously hypertensive rats (male) on a diet containing 1% of the elastin hydrolysate for 9 weeks. About 4 week later, the systolic blood pressure of the rats in the elastin hydrolysate group had become significantly lower than that of the control group. We identified novel ACE inhibitory peptides, VGHyp, VVPG and VYPGG, in the elastin hydrolysate by using a protein sequencer and quadrupole linear ion trap (QIT)-LC/MS/MS. VYPGG had the highest IC50 value of 244 µM against ACE and may have potential use as a functional food.