ARTICLE: PDF OnlyKim Shokei; Iwao, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Norifumi; Ikemoto, Fumihiko; Yamamoto, Kenjiro; Mizuhira, Vinci; Yokofujita, JunkoJournal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology: 1987 - p 94-95 Free Abstract Summary Rat renal renin, highly purified and labeled with 1251, was intravenously given to conscious rats, to study the fate of the circulating renin. Rat antirenin anti-serum was used to identify the labeled renin. The disappearance of -renin from the plasma showed two exponential components and the metabolic clearance rate was 11.4 ± 1.0 ml/min/kg. Both 70% hepatectomy and bilateral nephrectomy decreased the clearance rate by about 50%. -renin accumulated mainly in the liver and kidney, and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis indicated the degradation of -renin by these organs. Biliary excretion of -renin was negligible and urinary excretion accounted for 2% of the injected dose. Light- and electron-microscopic autoradiography indicated that -renin is taken up mainly by Kupffer cells and proximal convoluted tubular cells in the liver and kidney, respectively, and thereafter distributes to the lysosomes. In conclusion, both the liver and kidney are responsible for the clearance of circulating renin. Copyright © 1987 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.