Since its discovery 2 decades ago, potent effects of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) on the heart and vasculature have been consistently observed. The recent discoveries of novel CRH-related peptides residing in the heart and a distinct cardiac CRH receptor (CRH-R2), have renewed interest in the role of the CRH family on cardiovascular function. This review highlights the emerging view of a peripheral, cardiac CRH system and its potential relevance in mediating the adaptive response of the heart to stress. (Trends Cardiovascular Med 2002;12:176-182).
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine