C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) is found in and released from vascular endothelial cells. Recently, a novel role has been suggested for this peptide, that of an endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor or EDHF. Implicit in this proposal is a widespread role for CNP as a key mediator of vascular dilatation. In this issue of the British Journal of Pharmacology, Leuranguer et al. compare the profile of membrane potential changes evoked with this putative EDHF or with endogenous EDHF (activate...Expand abstract
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Evidence against C-type natriuretic peptide as an arterial 'EDHF'.
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