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Kidney Int. 2011 Feb;79(3):280-7. doi: 10.1038/ki.2010.397. Epub 2010 Oct 13.

Secretin and body fluid homeostasis.

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School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.


Body fluid homeostasis is critical for the survival of living organisms and hence is tightly controlled. From initial studies on the effects of secretin (SCT) on renal water reabsorption in the 1940s and recent investigations of its role in cardiovascular and neuroendocrine functions, it has now become increasingly clear that this peptide is an integral component of the homeostatic processes that maintain body fluid balance. This review, containing some of our recent findings of centrally expressed SCT on water intake, focuses on the actions of SCT in influencing the physiological, neuroendocrine, and cardiovascular processes that subserve body fluid homeostasis.

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