This gene is a member of the natriuretic peptide family and encodes a secreted protein which functions as a cardiac hormone. The protein undergoes two cleavage events, one within the cell and a second after secretion into the blood. The protein's biological actions include natriuresis, diuresis, vasorelaxation, inhibition of renin and aldosterone secretion, and a key role in cardiovascular homeostasis. A high concentration of this protein in the bloodstream is indicative of heart failure. Mutations in this gene have been associated with postmenopausal osteoporosis.
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Protein Aliases: BNP; BNP(1-28); BNP(1-29); BNP(1-30); BNP(1-32); BNP(2-31); BNP(3-29); BNP(3-30); BNP(3-32); BNP(4-27); BNP(4-29); BNP(4-30); BNP(4-31); BNP(4-32); BNP(5-29); BNP(5-31); BNP(5-32); Brain natriuretic peptide; Brain natriuretic peptide 32; brain type natriuretic peptide; Gamma-brain natriuretic peptide; natriuretic peptide precursor B; natriuretic peptide precursor type B; Natriuretic peptides B; natriuretic protein; type-B natriuretic factor
Gene Aliases: AA408272; BNF; BNP; NPPB