Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury complicates myocardial infarction and stroke by exacerbating tissue damage and increasing risk of mortality. We have recently identified C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) as an endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor in the mesenteric resistance vasculature and described a novel signaling pathway involving activation of natriuretic peptide receptor C (NPR-C), which plays a pivotal role in the regulation of local blood flow. We tested the hypothesis that CNP/NPR-C signaling is a novel regulatory pathway governing coronary blood flow and protecting against I/R injury.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Aug 2004|