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Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic study of a novel chimeric natriuretic peptide, CD-NP, in the normal dog


CD-NP is a novel Mayo-designed cGMP-activating chimeric natriuretic peptide (NP) that consists of the 22-amino-acid (AA) residues of C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) and the 15-AA C-terminus of Dendroaspis NP [1]. The rationale for its design was to transform CNP, a cardioprotective peptide with limited renal actions, into a chimeric peptide with both cardiovascular and renal effects. Previous studies from our laboratory have demonstrated that CD-NP was natriuretic, diuretic, cardiac-unloading, and renin-suppressing [1]. In this investigation, we studied the pharmacokinetics (PK) of CD-NP for the first time and further evaluated its pharmacodynamic profile in vivo.

Materials and methods

CD-NP 50 ng/kg/min was administered as a continuous i.v. infusion for 75 minutes to ten normal anesthetized dogs. Four 30-min clearances were performed: pre-infusion, 30-min of infusion (I), 60-min I, and post-I. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was measured by inulin clearance. Comparisons of cardiorenal and neurohormonal parameters were made within group versus pre-I (mean ± S.E.M., P < 0.05*, <0.01). For PK study (n = 4), blood was collected at baseline, at 25th, 30th, 45th, 60th, and 75th min during infusion (I); and at 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 10th, 20th, 30th, 45th, 60th min post-I. An established CNP radioimmunoassay was employed to detect plasma CNP immunoreactivity, as an estimate for CD-NP levels. Non-compartmental PK analysis was performed (WinNonlin version 5.2, Pharsight Corporation, CA).


The elimination half-life of CD-NP was 18.4 ± 1.4 min, volume of distribution (VD) based on the terminal phase was 3.1 ± 1 L/kg, steady-state VD was 1.6 ± 0.5 L/kg and total body clearance was 111 ± 32 ml/min/kg. The maximum observed concentration was 1183 ± 388 pg/ml and time to maximum observed concentration was 48.8 ± 11.3 min. CD-NP increased urine flow (0.23 ± .06 to 1.81 ± .26 ml/min), urinary Na+ excretion (18.6 ± 3.7 to 237 ± 26 meq/min), and GFR (37 ± 2 to 53 ± 4 ml/min). These renal actions were associated with an increase in net renal cGMP generation (705 ± 143 to 4194 ± 770 pmol/min). Proximal and distal fractional reabsorption of Na+ decreased (75 ± 2 to 57 ± 3%; 98 ± .2 to 92 ± 1%, respectively). Urinary K+ excretion increased (26.4 ± 3.7 to 64.1 ± 4.3 meq/min). Decreases in pulmonary arterial pressure (11.7 ± .6 to 10.3 ± .4* mmHg), pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (5.7 ± .7 to 3.2 ± .7 mmHg), and right atrial pressure (1.9 ± .4 to 0.9 ± .5 mmHg) were observed with no significant change in systemic blood pressure. At the end of CD-NP infusion, there was no significant change in heart rate (120 ± 8 vs 110 ± 8 bpm pre-I) or the QTc interval (310 ± 9 vs 309 ± 9 msec pre-I). An increase in hematocrit (36 ± .9 to 38 ± .6%) was noted.


CD-NP exhibits a favorable pharmacologic profile in normal dogs without induction of systemic hypotension. Its therapeutic potential as a novel drug for the treatment of heart failure and other cardiorenal disease states warrants further investigation.


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Supported by the National Institutes of Health (HL36634; PO1 HL76611 and HL80732), the Mayo Foundation, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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Correspondence to Candace YW Lee.

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Lee, C.Y., Boerrigter, G., Harty, G.J. et al. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic study of a novel chimeric natriuretic peptide, CD-NP, in the normal dog. BMC Pharmacol 7, P38 (2007).

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  • Inulin
  • Pulmonary Capillary Wedge Pressure
  • Renal Action
  • Chimeric Peptide
  • Fractional Reabsorption