Wu, Fenghua, et al. “Purification, Identification, and Inhibitory Mechanisms of a Novel ACE Inhibitory Peptide from Torreya grandis.” Nutrients 15.10 (2023): 2374. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu15102374
Torreya grandis meal has a high protein content and an appropriate amino acid ratio, making it an excellent protein source for producing ACE inhibitory peptides. To promote its application in food, medicine, and other fields, an alkaline protease hydrolysate of Torreya grandis was used in this study to isolate and identify a novel angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitory peptide, VNDYLNW (VW-7), using ultrafiltration, gel chromatography purification, LC-MS/MS, and in silico prediction. The results show that the IC50 value of VW-7 was 205.98 µM. The Lineweaver–Burk plot showed that VW-7 had a mixed-type inhibitory effect on ACE. Meanwhile, according to the results of molecular docking, VW-7 demonstrated a strong affinity for ACE (binding energy −10 kcal/mol). VW-7 was bound to ACE through multiple binding sites. In addition, VW-7 could remain active during gastrointestinal digestion in vitro. Nitric oxide (NO) generation in human endothelial cells could rise after receiving a pretreatment with VW-7. These results indicated that Torreya grandis meal protein can be developed into products with antihypertensive function, and VW-7 has broad application prospects in the field of antihypertensive.