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Enkephalin degradating enzymes in pheochromocytoma patients

Balog, Tihomir; Marotti, Tatjana; Šverko, Višnja; Marotti, Miljenko; Krolo, Ivan; Ročić, Boris; Karapanđa, Nikola
Enkephalin degradating enzymes in pheochromocytoma patients // Oncology reports, 10 (2003), 1; 253-258 (međunarodna recenzija, članak, znanstveni)

Enkephalin degradating enzymes in pheochromocytoma patients

Balog, Tihomir ; Marotti, Tatjana ; Šverko, Višnja ; Marotti, Miljenko ; Krolo, Ivan ; Ročić, Boris ; Karapanđa, Nikola

Oncology reports (1021-335X) 10 (2003), 1; 253-258

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Ključne riječi
Aminopeptidase; enkephalinase; pheochromocytomas; renal tumor

Adrenal gland as a major source of enkephalins on the periphery can be affected by a rare adrenal gland tumor, adrenal pheochromocytoma. It has been demonstrated that this tumor might be associated with altered concentration of enkephalin-like peptides. The effect of these peptides can be either prolonged or abbreviated by two neutrophil membrane bound enzymes ; aminopeptidase N (APN) and neutral endopeptidase (NEP). We assumed that altered enkephalin level in pheochromocytoma patients (but not in patients with non-functional adenomas or tumors of different origin) might result in differently regulated APN and/or NEP activity. We measured APN and NEP activity on surface of neutrophils, level of lipid peroxidation (LPO) in plasma and enkephalin concentration in plasma in patients with pheochromocytomas, non-functional adenomas, malignant renal tumors and healthy controls. Catheholamines and vanyllmandelic acid (VMA) were measured in 24-h urine of pheochromocytorna patients. NEP and APN activity on neutrophils from all pheochromocytoma patients was significantly increased as compared with healthy controls, non-functional adenomas and malignant renal tumors. In all pheochromocytorna patients NEP activity was reduced almost to the control level after surgery. At the same time APN activity was in some patients up- and in others down-regulated. In comparison, elevated levels of cateholamines and VMA were found after multiple determinations in 6 out of 10 pheochromocytorna patients. Although preliminary, this study has shown specifically and consistently up-regulated NEP activity on neutrophils from pheochromocytorna patients, and uniformly decreased NEP activity in these patients after adrenalectomy.

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Temeljne medicinske znanosti

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