A role for a new vascular enzyme in the metabolism of xenobiotic amines

P. J. Boor, R. M. Hysmith, R. Sanduja

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Although it has long been thought that environmental toxins may play an underlying role in vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, this concept is not supported by any clear-cut experimental evidence of toxic metabolism by cardiovascular enzymes. In this study, we demonstrate that allylamine, a selective cardiovascular toxin in vivo, is actively metabolized in vitro by a purified vascular enzyme (semicarbazide-sensitive amine oxidase), which has been localized recently to vascular smooth muscle cells. Oxidative deamination of allylamine to a highly toxic aldehyde, acrolein, was blocked through enzyme inhibition by semicarbazide-sensitive amine oxidase inhibitors, which obviate allylamine's in vivo toxic manifestations. This unique demonstration of metabolism of a known in vivo cardiovascular toxin by semicarbazide-sensitive amine oxidase suggests that this vascular enzyme's physiological role may include metabolism of exogenous amines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-252
Number of pages4
JournalCirculation Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • acrolein
  • allylamine
  • semicarbazide-sensitive amine oxidase
  • vascular metabolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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