Atrial natriuretic peptides (ANP) [1,2,3] are vertebrate hormones important in
the overall control of cardiovascular homeostasis and sodium and water balance
in general. There are various ANP peptides which vary in length but which
have a common central core; they are all processed from a single precursor.
There is a disulfide bond which is important for the expression of the
The ANP protein family includes three additional structurally related peptides
which elicit a pharmacological spectrum similar to ANP:
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