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Revista chilena de cardiología

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OCARANZA, María Paz et al. Lower circulating levels of Angiotensin-(1-9), a vasoactive and cardio-protective peptide in patients with Pulmonary Artery Hypertension. Rev Chil Cardiol [online]. 2019, vol.38, n.2, pp.96-106. ISSN 0718-8560.

Classic renin-angiotensis pathway (RAP) is activated in patients with pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH). We have previously shown that in patients with post myocardial infarction systolic dysfunction the activation of RAP mediated by angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) and angiotensin II (Ang II) is inversely correlated with the parallel RAP axis mediated by homologous ACE (ACE2) and by the vasoactive and cardioprotective peptide Ang-(1-9). Pre clinical studies show that administration of Ang-(1-9) leads to a favorable ventricular remodelling. At present there is no information regarding levels of Ang-(1-9) in PAH patients compared to healthy subjects.


16 PAH patients (WHO group 1), with mean PA pressure > 25mmHg being treated with furosemide (40%), Bosentan/Ambrisentan (27%), Sildenafil (80%), iloprost (7%) were compared with healthy subjects (n=14). mPAP, pro BNP, pulmonary vascular resistance (Wu), pulmonary capillary pressure (PCP mmHg), cardiac output (L/min), functional capacity (6 min walking test) (6mWT), and changes in right ventricular fractional area (RV FA), were measured in all subjects.


In HAP subjects, the eiotology of PAH was unknown in 87%, or HIV (13%). Functional class was I (6.2 %), II (68.3%) or III (25%). Mean PAP was 51.3±1.9. Compared to healthy subjects, PAH patients had significantly lower RV FA, ACE2 and Ang-(19) levels. Also they had greater ACE plasma activity and AngII circulating levels. Significant correlations were found between Ang-(1-9) and mPAP (-0.701, p < 0,001) and between Ang-(1-9) and RV FA (r = 0.549, p < 0,01).


group I PAH subjects, circulating levels of Ang-(1-9) are significantly lower than in healthy subjects and are inversely related to PAP, severity of ventricular remodeling and right ventricular dysfunction. The use of Ang-(1-9) as a vasodilator and cardioprotector agent could be clinically useful in PAH subjects.

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