Renin-Angiotensin Role in Thirst: Paradoxical Enhancement of Drinking by Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor

Science  07 Dec 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4116, pp. 1031-1034
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4116.1031


A competitive angiotensin converting enzyme antagonist SQ 20, 881 (SQ), was used to examine the role of the renin-angiotensin system in putative renin-dependent thirst in the albino rat. Significant enhancement of "renin-dependent" as well as renin-independent drinking was observed in the presence of peripheral SQ. Intraventricular SQ obviated this enhancement of drinking but did not affect the water intake caused by the original stimulus itself, whereas it sharply reduced drinking evoked by peripheral renin in nephrectomized rats. Prior renin depletion likewise had no influence on so-called renin-dependent thirst.