Acute and chronic haemodynamic and natriuretic effects of atriopeptin II in conscious rats

Hofbauer, K. G. and Criscione, L. and Sonnenburg, C. and Muir, A. and Mah, S. C.. (1986) Acute and chronic haemodynamic and natriuretic effects of atriopeptin II in conscious rats. Journal of Hypertension, Vol. 4, H. 2 , S41-S47.

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The haemodynamic and natriuretic effects of an atrial natriuretic peptide were studied in conscious rats during acute and chronic administration of the peptide. Infusion of atriopeptin II (0.3 microgram/kg per min intravenously) for 60 min produced a fall in blood pressure and a rise in heart rate, accompanied by a significant decrease in renal and mesenteric blood flow. Despite the renal vasoconstriction, urinary sodium excretion increased markedly. These findings suggest that the hypotensive effect of atriopeptin II in conscious rats is not mediated by systemic vasodilatation, and that renal vasodilatation is not a prerequisite for the natriuretic action of this peptide. During infusion of atriopeptin II (24 micrograms/day) for 2 days, a small but persistent hypotensive effect was observed, which was accompanied by transient tachycardia. However, infusion of the same, or a higher (120 micrograms/day), dose of atriopeptin II for 4 days failed to produce any natriuretic effects. These results suggest that atrial natriuretic peptides are more important in acute than in chronic regulation of sodium excretion.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Pharmacology/Neurobiology (Hofbauer)
UniBasel Contributors:Hofbauer, Karl G.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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