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Nature. 1985 Mar 21-27;314(6008):264-6.

Atrial natriuretic factor--a circulating hormone stimulated by volume loading.


The cardiocytes of mammalian cardiac atria contain granules very similar to those in endocrine cells. The number of these atrial granules is related directly to salt loading and blood volume. Furthermore, crude extracts of rat atria and granule preparations have powerful natriuretic and diuretic effects. These effects are mediated by peptides identified previously as atrial natriuretic factor (ANF). The peptides are derived from a common precursor, whose structure has been elucidated recently. Although there is indirect evidence from morphological studies that at least some of these peptides may be released into the blood and function as hormones, their presence in the blood has not yet been demonstrated. Here we describe a sensitive and specific radioimmunoassay for ANF and its stimulation on volume loading.

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