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. 2003 Jun;17(9):1096-8.
doi: 10.1096/fj.02-0063fje. Epub 2003 Apr 22.

Enalapril and Losartan Attenuate Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Aged Rats

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Enalapril and Losartan Attenuate Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Aged Rats

Elena M V de Cavanagh et al. FASEB J. .

Abstract

Renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibition can attenuate the effects of aging on renal function and structure; however, its effect on mitochondrial aging is unknown. To investigate whether an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (enalapril) or an angiotensin II receptor blocker (losartan) could mitigate age-associated changes in kidney mitochondria, male Wistar rats (14 mo old) received during 8 mo water containing either enalapril (10 mg/kg/day) (Enal), or losartan (30 mg/kg/day) (Los), or no additions (Old). Four-month-old untreated rats (Young) were also studied. In Old rats mitochondrial respiratory control, ADP/O, nitric oxide synthase activity, and uncoupling protein 2 levels were lower (46, 42, 27, and 76%, respectively), and Mn-SOD activity was higher (70%) than in Young, Enal, and Los rats. In Old rats mitochondrial hydrogen peroxide production was higher than in both Young (197%) and Enal or Los (40%) rats. In Old rats, kidney GSH/GSSG was lower than in both Young (80%) and Enal (57%) or Los (68%) rats. In Old rats electron microscopy showed effacement of microvilli in tubular epithelial cells, ill-defined mitochondrial cristae, lower mitochondrial numbers, and enhanced number of osmiophilic bodies relative to Young, Enal, or Los rats. In conclusion, enalapril and losartan can protect against both age-related mitochondrial dysfunction and ultrastructural alterations, underscoring the role of RAS in the aging process. An association with oxidative stress modulation is suggested.

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