Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(10), 21071-21086; doi:10.3390/ijms141021071

Angiotensin-Converting Enzymes Play a Dominant Role in Fertility

Department of Reproductive Endocrinology, Women's Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, 1 Xueshi Road, Hangzhou 310006, China
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Received: 10 August 2013; in revised form: 14 October 2013 / Accepted: 14 October 2013 / Published: 21 October 2013
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Abstract: According to the World Health Organization, infertility, associated with metabolic syndrome, has become a global issue with a 10%–20% incidence worldwide. An accumulating body of evidence has shown that the renin–angiotensin system is involved in the fertility problems observed in some populations. Moreover, alterations in the expression of angiotensin-converting enzyme-1, angiotensin-converting enzyme-2, and angiotensin-converting enzyme-3 might be one of the most important mechanisms underlying both female and male infertility. However, as a pseudogene in humans, further studies are needed to explore whether the abnormal angiotensin-converting enzyme-3 gene could result in the problems of human reproduction. In this review, the relationship between angiotensin-converting enzymes and fertile ability is summarized, and a new procedure for the treatment of infertility is discussed.
Keywords: angiotensin-converting enzyme; fertility; metabolic syndrome; renin-angiotensin system; angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor

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Pan, P.-P.; Zhan, Q.-T.; Le, F.; Zheng, Y.-M.; Jin, F. Angiotensin-Converting Enzymes Play a Dominant Role in Fertility. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 21071-21086.

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Pan P-P, Zhan Q-T, Le F, Zheng Y-M, Jin F. Angiotensin-Converting Enzymes Play a Dominant Role in Fertility. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2013; 14(10):21071-21086.

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Pan, Pei-Pei; Zhan, Qi-Tao; Le, Fang; Zheng, Ying-Ming; Jin, Fan. 2013. "Angiotensin-Converting Enzymes Play a Dominant Role in Fertility." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14, no. 10: 21071-21086.

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