Administration of monocrotaline, a pyrrolizidine alkaloid, to male Sprague-Dawley rats for up to three weeks increased dry lung weights by 64% and reduced the specific activity of lung angiotensin-converting enzyme activity by 64%. When the total activity per lung is calculated, however, there is no significant difference between control and monocrotaline-treated animals. The decrease in specific activity is due to increase in total lung protein (52% above control) and not to an actual reduction in the total angiotensin-converting enzyme activity in th lung.
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