Captopril. Captopril, 1-[(2S)-3-mercapto-2-methyl-1-ox-opropionyl]proline (Capoten), blocks the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II by inhibiting the converting enzyme. The rational development of captopril as an inhibitor of ACE was based on the hypothesis that ACE and car-boxypeptidase A functioned by similar mechanisms. It was noted that d-2-benzylsuccinic acid7 was a potent inhibitor of carboxypeptidase A, but not ACE. By use of this small
Figure 18.4 • Model showing cleavage of the histidine-phenylalanine residue of angiotensin I by ACE to form the octapeptide antiotensin II and the dipeptide residue of histi-dine and leucine.
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