Aldosterone and renin inhibition by atrial natriuretic factor in potassium-loaded rats

M. W. Brands, R. H. Freeman

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This study was designed to determine the effects of synthetic rat atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) on plasma renin activity (PRA) and aldosterone secretion in separate groups of normal and potassium-loaded anesthetized rats. Control rats were fed a normal diet of sodium and potassium and had base-line levels of PRA and aldosterone secretion of 25 ± 3 ng angiotensin I (ANG I) · ml-1 · h-1 and 0.56 ± 0.09 ng/min, respectively. Chronic oral potassium loading for 10 days elevated the plasma potassium concentration, stimulated aldosterone secretion to 1.80 ± 0.18 ng/min (P < 0.05), and attenuated PRA to 13 ± 2 ng ANG I · ml-1 · h-1 (P < 0.05). Infusion of ANF at 45 ng · kg-1 · min-1 in potassium-loaded rats lowered aldosterone secretion to 1.32 ± 0.21 ng/min (P < 0.05) but did not significantly reduce PRA (11 ± 2 ng ANG I · ml-1 · h-1 (P > 0.05). A higher ANF infusion dose of 100 ng · kg-1 · min-1 produced a further decrement in aldosterone secretion to 1.15 ± 0.26 ng/min (P < 0.05) and also reduced PRA to 3 ± 1 ng ANG I · ml-1 · h-1 (P < 0.05). In the control rats, aldosterone secretion and PRA were decreased significantly during infusion with both low and high ANF doses. Base-line arterial pressures among experimental groups were not different (P > 0.05) and did not change during infusion of ANF in any group. These results indicate that ANF can inhibit chronic potassium-stimulated aldosterone secretion in the rat independently of its inhibitory actions on renin release.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26/6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • cardiac hormone
  • hyperkalemia
  • plasma atrial natriuretic peptide concentration
  • potassium loading
  • renin-angiotensin system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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