María Eugenia Sabbatini

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Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) are members of the natriuretic peptide family best known for their role in blood pressure regulation. However, in recent years all the natriuretic peptides and their receptors have been described in the gastrointestinal tract, digestive glands and central nervous system, as well as(More)
We previously reported that C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) increases amylase release in isolated pancreatic acini through natriuretic peptide receptor C activation and enhances pancreatic exocrine secretion via vagal pathways when applied to the brain. In the present study we sought to establish whether CNP was involved in the peripheral regulation of(More)
Increasing evidence supports the role of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) in the modulation of gastrointestinal physiology. The effect of ANF on exocrine pancreatic secretion and the possible receptors and pathways involved were studied in vivo. Anesthetized rats were prepared with pancreatic duct cannulation, pyloric ligation, and bile diversion into the(More)
Small GTP-binding (G) proteins act as molecular switches to regulate a number of cellular processes, including vesicular transport. Emerging evidence indicates that small G proteins regulate a number of steps in the secretion of pancreatic acinar cells. Diverse small G proteins have been localized at discrete compartments along the secretory pathway and(More)
Rap1 is a member of the Ras superfamily of small GTP-binding proteins and is localized on pancreatic zymogen granules. The current study was designed to determine whether GTP-Rap1 is involved in the regulation of amylase secretion. Rap1A/B and the two Rap1 guanine nucleotide exchange factors, Epac1 and CalDAG-GEF III, were identified in mouse pancreatic(More)
Cholecystokinin (CCK) has been shown to activate RhoA and Rac1, as well as reorganize the actin cytoskeleton and, thereby, modify acinar morphology and amylase secretion in mouse pancreatic acini. The aim of the present study was to determine which heterotrimeric G proteins activate RhoA and Rac1 upon CCK stimulation. Galpha(13), but not Galpha(12), was(More)
We previously reported that atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) stimulates pancreatic secretion through NPR-C receptors coupled to PLC and potentiates secretin response without affecting cAMP levels. In the present study we sought to establish the intracellular signaling mechanism underlying the interaction between both peptides. In isolated pancreatic acini(More)
Several studies show that C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) has a modulatory role in the digestive system. CNP administration reduces both jejunal fluid and bile secretion in the rat. In the present study we evaluated the effect of CNP on amylase release in isolated pancreatic acini as well as the receptors and intracellular pathways involved. Results showed(More)
Little is known about the role of centrally applied peptides in the regulation of bile secretion. We previously reported that the intravenous injection of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) reduces bile acid dependent flow without affecting portal venous pressure in the rat. In the present work, we studied the effects of centrally applied ANF on bile secretion(More)
C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) is the major natriuretic peptide in the brain and its mRNA has been reported in the central nervous system, which supports local synthesis and its role as a neuromodulator. The aim of the present work was to study the effect of centrally applied CNP on pancreatic secretion. Rats were fitted with a lateral cerebroventricular(More)