To determine whether atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) affects vasoconstrictor responses to electrical stimulation of sympathetic nerves or intra-arterial norepinephrine (NE), changes in perfusion pressure were measured during lumbar sympathetic nerve stimulation (LSNS, 1-8 Hz), or administration of NE (50-200 ng), in an isolated constant flow-perfused hindlimb of chloralose-anesthetized rabbit before and after intra-arterial infusion of ANF (0.5 ng · mL-1 · min-1). ANF significantly attenuated responses to LSNS (relative potency, RP = 0.65) and to NE (RP = 0.47). We conclude that ANF attenuates vasoconstrictor responses to both LSNS and NE. Thus ANF alters sympathetic nervous system mediated changes in vascular resistance possibly at the neuroeffector site.
- Atrial natriuretic factor
- Sympathetic nerve stimulation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physiology (medical)