1. Canine high-molecular-weight renin (mol. wt. 60 000) is believed to be a complex of renin (low-molecular-weight form, mol. wt. 40 000) and renin-binding substance. The immunocross-reactivity of high-molecular-weight renin and low-molecular-weight renin was demonstrated by using antibodies specific to low-molecular-weight renin. 2. Immunoaffinity chromatography with renin-specific antibodies coupled to Sepharose provided a simple and specific method for isolation of high-molecular-weight renin. High-molecular-weight renin with a specific activity of 137 600 ng of ANG I h −1 mg −1 of protein (19.6 Goldblatt units/mg of protein) was obtained. 3. This high-molecular-weight renin was stable in dithiothreitol (25 mmol/l), suggesting that disulphide bonds may not be involved in the binding mechanism between low-molecular-weight renin and renin-binding substance. 4. However, exposure to low pH (3.0) resulted in conversion of high-molecular-weight renin into the low-molecular-weight form.
1. Human renal renin has been purified 200 000-fold from cadaver kidney cortex by a method which employs affinity chromatography on aminohexyl pepstatin. 2. The product of this purification has a specific activity of 400 Goldblatt units/mg when compared with Haas human renin standard. 3. This product appears as a single band on sodium dodecyl sulphate gel and polyacrylamide-disc gel electrophoresis. Renin enzymatic activity was recovered after elution from a polyacrylamide-disc gel run at pH 7·8. 4. Yield with this method was 1%.