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Racial Variation in ACE--Genetic and Physiologic Bases

This study has been completed.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
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Vanderbilt University Identifier:
First received: May 25, 2000
Last updated: November 23, 2016
Last verified: November 2016
To determine whether differences in the activity of the renin-angiotensin and bradykinin systems are involved in the pathogenesis of blood pressure variation in African Americans.

Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Crossover

Further study details as provided by Vanderbilt University:

Enrollment: 293
Study Start Date: September 1997
Study Completion Date: August 2001
Primary Completion Date: August 2001 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


Each year, more than 40,000 new patients require treatment for end stage renal disease, a condition which is 4-fold higher among African Americans than Caucasians. Trials of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) in Caucasians support a role of the renin-angiotensin system in the pathogenesis of glomerulosclerosis. Yet, despite the high prevalence of nephropathy among African Americans, Blacks have been under-represented in studies in ACEIs. Data from our laboratory suggest that the renal effects of ACEI may differ in African Americans. African Americans are resistant to the anti-hypertensive effects of ACEI and, thus, may be resistant to the renoprotective effects as well. The ACE deletion allele, a variant associated with increased ACE activity and progression of renal diseases, is increased in frequency in African Americans, while the frequency of the Ang AT1 receptor C allele, a variant associated with antihypertensive responsiveness to ACEI is decreased. Moreover, African Americans exhibit decreased sensitivity to Ang I and increased sensitivity to bradykinin. Taken together, these data suggest the hypothesis that ACE activity is increased in African Americans, leading to decreased bradykinin levels ( and receptor sensitization) and increased tissue Ang II (and receptor desensitization).


The study tests the hypothesis that ACE activity is increased in African Americans, leading to decreased bradykinin levels (and receptor sensitization) and increased tissue Ang II (and receptor desensitization). The effects of race, hypertension and ACE insertion/deletion genotype on ACE activity will be determined, as measured by the pressor and renal vasoconstrictor responses to Ang I and Ang II and the vasodilator response to bradykinin. Specific bradykinin and angiotensin receptor antagonists will be used to determine the relative contribution of increased bradykinin and decreased angiotensin II to the renal hemodynamic effects of ACEIs in African Americans and Caucasians.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 100 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
No eligibility criteria
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00005757

Sponsors and Collaborators
Vanderbilt University
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
OverallOfficial: Nancy Brown Vanderbilt University
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00005757     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 5115
R29HL056963 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: May 25, 2000
Last Updated: November 23, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017