This review presents recent data on the structure, synthesis, and secretion of cardiac natriuretic peptides. It is known that these hormones have a broad spectrum of activity, but they remain the least studied and poorly understood link in the regulation of the water-salt homeostasis. Emphasis is placed on the problem of ontogenetic formation of the heart secretory activity during embryogenesis. We discuss the available scarce and scattered information on the paracrine and autocrine effects of the peptides on intercellular interactions, and on the division, growth and differentiation of the heart cells. These issues are hardly addressed in Russian literature.
Russian Journal of Developmental Biology – Springer Journals
Published: May 14, 2012
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