Characterization of the atrial natriuretic factor system in lungs of the toad Bufo paracnemis.

Blood pressure in the amphibian pulmonary circulation is relatively high because a single ventricle serves both the systemic and pulmonary circulation, creating a high degree of plasma filtration from pulmonary capillaries. Previous studies have shown that lung atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) may have an important physiological function in preventing edema… CONTINUE READING