2013 Volume 34 Issue 3 Pages 167-171
Renin is a crucial enzyme in the renin-angiotensin system, and the inhibition of its activity is considered as a useful approach to the treatment of hypertension. The inhibitory effect of catechinrelated compounds on renin was investigated in this work. It was found that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) possessed the strongest activity with an IC50 value of 44.53 μM and acted in an un ompetitive manner. Gallated catechins exerted higher inhibition than the ungallated forms, and gallic acid exhibited an inhibitory potency close to that of epicatechin gallate (ECg). Results indicated that the galloyl moiety and ortho-trihydroxy phenyl structures might be favorable for the renin-inhibitory activity of these compounds.