Journal article

Vasostatin I (CgA17-76) vasoconstricts rat splanchnic vascular bed but does not affect central cardiovascular function.

Ahmed A Rahman, Israt Z Shahid, Angelina Y Fong, Andrew M Hammond, Paul M Pilowsky

Auton Neurosci | Published : 2012

Abstract

Vasostatin I (CgA(1-76)) is a naturally occurring biologically active peptide derived from chromogranin A (CgA), and is so named for its inhibitory effects on vascular tension. CgA mRNA is expressed abundantly in sympathoexcitatory catecholaminergic neurons of the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM). CgA microinjection into the RVLM decreases blood pressure (BP), heart rate (HR) and sympathetic nerve activity (SNA). Proteolytic fragments of CgA are thought to be responsible for the cardiovascular effects observed. We hypothesised that vasostatin I is one of the fragments responsible for the central effects of CgA. We examined the role of a vasostatin I fragment, CgA(17-76) (VS-I((CgA17-76))..

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