Atrial natriuretic peptide and brain natriuretic peptide coexist in the secretory granules of human cardiac myocytes.

Abstract

To elucidate the intracellular localization of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) in human cardiac myocytes, an immunocytochemical study was carried out by a double immunogold technique using antisera highly specific for ANP and BNP. Surgical and autoptic tissue specimens of human heart were studied. In the atrial myocytes, ANP was localized in almost all of the secretory granules, whereas BNP was colocalized with ANP in some of the granules. Although very few secretory granules were observed in ventricular myocytes, colocalization of ANP and BNP was basically the same as in atrial myocytes. No immunoreactive products were found in the control studies. These results suggest that secretion of BNP is under a regulatory mechanism similar to that of ANP.

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@article{Nakamura1991AtrialNP, title={Atrial natriuretic peptide and brain natriuretic peptide coexist in the secretory granules of human cardiac myocytes.}, author={Shigeo Nakamura and Mitsuhide Naruse and Kiyoko Naruse and Mariko Kawana and Takeshi Nishikawa and Saichi Hosoda and Isamu Tanaka and Taisuke Yoshimi and Ikumi Yoshihara and Tadashi Inagami}, journal={American journal of hypertension}, year={1991}, volume={4 11}, pages={909-12} }