In vitro evidence for atrial natriuretic factor-(5-28) production by macrophages of adult rat thymi.


Although recent evidence suggests the presence of the 15-kilodalton (K) mol wt (Mr) precursor of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) and pro-ANF mRNA in the thymus of human and rat neonates, the cellular origin of the peptides in the tissues remains to be elucidated. We report here that in adult male rats, the 15K M(r) presumptive precursor for ANF and a… (More)