The storage form of human renal renin.
We isolated renin granules from cadaver kidneys using discontinuous sucrose density gradient centrifugation, and investigated the storage form of the renin from these granules. Approximately 23% of the total renin activity in the original homogenate was obtained from the surface phase between 1.6 and 1.7 M sucrose (Fraction 6). Granule renin extracted from the granules in Fraction 6 was separated into active and inactive renin using pepstatin affinity chromatography. Only the active renin had an affinity for pepstatin. The inactive renin, albeit activated by trypsin, was little activated by acidification. The proportion of inactive renin was about 25% of the total granule renin (active renin + inactive renin). Trypsin concentrations over 10 micrograms/ml resulted in a decrease in the renin activity of the trypsin-activated renin, but the enzymatic activity of active renin was decreased by trypsin. With gel filtration, the inactive renin revealed a single peak, and the molecular weight (MW) was 48,000. The active renin had a MW of 44,000. The inactive renin could be activated by trypsin without an apparent change in molecular weight.
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