Freeze-dried preparation of rat erythrocytes was extracted into distilled water and after heat treatment the extract was chromatographed on Sephadex G-25 column. The effluent fractions were pooled, freeze-dried, dissolved in Ringer's solution and bioassayed for diuretic and natriuretic responses in anaesthetized non-diuretic rats. The active fractions potently enhanced urine output (about 9-fold control) and urinary sodium excretion (about 7-fold control). The responses started to develop after a lag period of approximately 10-20 min, peaked between 60-80 min post-injection and then diminished. The augmentation of sodium excretion persisted longer than the increased diuresis. The biological activity of the extract was retained after dialysis in a tube with nominal molecular weight cut-off below 1,000.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)