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Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry

A C N Freitas, G Silva, D F Pacheco, V Lemos, I D G Duarte, M E de Lima
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The peptide PnPP-19, derived from the spider toxin PnTx2-6, potentiates erectile function by activating the nitrergic system. Since NO has been studied as an antinociceptive molecule and PnPP-19 is known to induce peripheral antinociception, we intended to evaluate whether PnPP-19 could induce peripheral antinociception through activation of this pathway. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Nociceptive thresholds were measured by paw pressure test. PGE2 (2 μg/paw) was administered intraplantarly together with PnPP-19 and inhibitors/blockers of NOS, guanylyl cyclase and KATP channels...
January 10, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Sevda Gheibi, Fatemeh Bakhtiarzadeh, Sajad Jeddi, Khadijeh Farrokhfall, Homeira Zardooz, Asghar Ghasemi
PURPOSE: Reduced bioavailability of nitric oxide (NO) is associated with pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes. Nitrite can act as a substrate for generation of systemic NO. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of nitrite administration on glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) and islet insulin content in obese type 2 diabetic rats. METHODS: Male rats were divided into 4 groups: Control, control + nitrite, diabetes, and diabetes + nitrite. Sodium nitrite (50 mg/L in drinking water) was administered for 8 weeks...
January 9, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
George J Dugbartey
Hypertension is the most common cause of cardiovascular morbidities and mortalities, and a major risk factor for renal dysfunction. It is considered one of the causes of chronic kidney disease, which progresses into end-stage renal disease and eventually loss of renal function. Yet, the mechanism underlying the pathogenesis of hypertension and its associated kidney injury is still poorly understood. Moreover, despite existing antihypertensive therapies, achievement of blood pressure control and preservation of renal function still remain a worldwide public health challenge in a subset of hypertensive patients...
January 6, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
M Nasir Khan, M Mobin, Zahid Khorshid Abbas, Manzer H Siddiqui
Nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) have been shown to act as signaling molecules in various physiological processes, play significant roles in plant cellular processes, and also mediate responses to both biotic and abiotic stresses in plants. The present investigation was carried out to test the effect of exogenous NO on endogenous synthesis of H2S in osmotic-stressed wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings. The results show that application of NO to wheat seedlings, suffered from PEG8000-induced osmotic stress, considerably enhanced the activities of H2S-synthesizing enzymes l-cysteine desulfhydrase (LCD) and d-cysteine desulfhydrase (DCD) leading to enhanced level of endogenous H2S content...
January 3, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Luke C McIlvenna, Chris Monaghan, Luke Liddle, Bernadette O Fernandez, Martin Feelisch, David J Muggeridge, Chris Easton
Dietary supplementation with inorganic nitrate (NO3(-)) has been shown to induce a multitude of advantageous cardiovascular and metabolic responses during rest and exercise. While there is some suggestion that pharmacokinetics may differ depending on the NO3(-) source ingested, to the best of our knowledge this has yet to be determined experimentally. Here, we compare the plasma pharmacokinetics of NO3(-), nitrite (NO2(-)), and total nitroso species (RXNO) following oral ingestion of either NO3(-) rich beetroot juice (BR) or chard gels (GEL) with the associated changes in blood pressure (BP)...
December 29, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Francisco J Corpas, Juan B Barroso
Lead (Pb) contamination has a toxic effect on plant metabolisms, leading to a decrease in biomass production. The free radical nitric oxide (NO) is involved in the mechanism of response to a wide range of abiotic stresses. However, little is known about the interplay between Pb-induced stress and NO metabolism. Peroxisomes are sub-cellular compartments involved in multiple cellular metabolic pathways which are characterized by an active nitro-oxidative metabolism. Thus, Arabidopsis thaliana mutants expressing cyan fluorescent protein (CFP) through the addition of peroxisomal targeting signal 1 (PTS1), which enables peroxisomes to be visualized in vivo by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) combined with fluorescent probes for nitric oxide (NO), superoxide anion (O2(·-)) and peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)), were used to evaluate the potential involvement of these organelles in the mechanism of response to 150 μM lead-induced stress...
December 27, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Marta Rodríguez-Ruiz, Paulo Mioto, José M Palma, Francisco J Corpas
Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) is an annual plant species whose fruits undergo important metabolic changes through development and ripening. These changes include emission of volatile organic compounds associated with respiration, destruction of chlorophylls and synthesis of new pigments (red/yellow carotenoids plus xanthophylls and anthocyans) responsible for the color shift, protein degradation/synthesis, and changes in total soluble reducing equivalents. Previous data have shown that during the ripening of pepper fruit there was also an enhancement of protein tyrosine nitration...
December 27, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
María N Padilla, Capilla Mata-Pérez, Manuel Melguizo, Juan B Barroso
Stress situations are characterized by a rise in reactive oxygen (ROS) and nitrogen (RNS) species levels. Nitro-fatty acids (NO2-FAs), or nitroalkenes, are produced by the interaction of RNS and unsaturated fatty acids, stored in cells, mostly as part of protein-adducted NO2-FAs, and are esterified in complex lipids. These molecules, which have been shown to play a pivotal role as anti-inflammatory and pro-survival players, have been widely characterized in animal systems. Recently, it has been reported that NO2-FAs play an important role in plant defense against several stress conditions...
December 25, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Tasir S Per, Asim Masood, Nafees A Khan
Nitric oxide (NO) is an important gaseous signalling molecule that participates in many developmental and physiological processes, including defense responses against toxic metals in plants. The role of NO in cadmium (Cd)-induced toxic effects on photosynthesis was examined in mustard (Brassica juncea L.) plants. Exposure of plants to 50 μM Cd significantly enhanced oxidative stress (H2O2 content and lipid peroxidation) and impaired plant growth and photosynthesis, chlorophyll fluorescence and reduced chlorophyll content and stomatal conductance...
December 25, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Stephen J Bailey, Jamie R Blackwell, Lee J Wylie, Annabelle Emery, Ellie Taylor, Paul G Winyard, Andrew M Jones
Uptake of inorganic nitrate (NO3(-)) into the salivary circulation is a rate-limiting step for dietary NO3(-) metabolism in mammals. It has been suggested that salivary NO3(-) uptake occurs in competition with inorganic iodide (I(-)). Therefore, this study tested the hypothesis that I(-) supplementation would interfere with NO3(-) metabolism and blunt blood pressure reductions after dietary NO3(-) supplementation. Nine healthy adults (4 male, mean ± SD, age 20 ± 1 yr) reported to the laboratory for initial baseline assessment (control) and following six day supplementation periods with 140 mL·day(-1) NO3(-)-rich beetroot juice (8...
December 23, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Nicholas Burnley-Hall, Gareth Willis, Jessica Davis, D Aled Rees, Philip E James
INTRODUCTION: Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are small, spherical particles enclosed by a phospholipid bilayer (∼30-1000 nm) released from multiple cell types, and have been shown to have pathophysiological roles in a plethora of disease states. The transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) allows for adaptation of cellular physiology in hypoxia and may permit the enhanced release of EVs under such conditions. Nitric oxide (NO) plays a pivotal role in vascular homeostasis, and can modulate the cellular response to hypoxia by preventing HIF-1 accumulation...
December 23, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Dina K Gaynullina, Svetlana I Sofronova, Ekaterina K Selivanova, Anastasia A Shvetsova, Anna A Borzykh, Anna P Sharova, Daria S Kostyunina, Andrey A Martyanov, Olga S Tarasova
INTRODUCTION: Thyroid hormones are essential for proper development of many systems and organs, including circulatory system. Thyroid deficiency during pregnancy may affect the cardiovascular function in children early on and later in adulthood. However, long-term effects of early thyroid deficiency are poorly understood. We hypothesized that antenatal/early postnatal hypothyroidism will influence anticontractile effect of NO in coronary arteries of adult rats. DESIGN AND METHODS: To model antenatal/early postnatal hypothyroidism dams were treated with 6-propyl-2-thiouracil (PTU) in drinking water (0...
December 23, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Tereza Tichá, Lucie Činčalová, David Kopečný, Michaela Sedlářová, Martina Kopečná, Lenka Luhová, Marek Petřivalský
Cellular homeostasis of S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO), a major cache of nitric oxide bioactivity in plants, is controlled by the NADH-dependent S-nitrosoglutathione reductase (GSNOR) belonging to the family of class III alcohol dehydrogenases (EC GSNOR is a key regulator of S-nitrosothiol metabolism and is involved in plant responses to abiotic and biotic stresses. This study was focused on GSNOR from two important crop plants, cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis, BoGSNOR) and lettuce (Lactuca sativa, LsGSNOR)...
December 8, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Thomas L Poulos, Huiying Li
Once it was discovered that the enzyme nitric oxide synthase (NOS) is responsible for the biosynthesis of NO, NOS became a drug target. Particularly important is the over production of NO by neuronal NOS (nNOS) in various neurodegenerative disorders. After the various NOS isoforms were identified, inhibitor development proceeded rapidly. It soon became evident, however, that isoform selectivity presents a major challenge. All 3 human NOS isoforms, nNOS, eNOS (endothelial NOS), and iNOS (inducible NOS) have nearly identical active site structures thus making selective inhibitor design especially difficult...
November 23, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Urszula Krasuska, Katarzyna Ciacka, Agnieszka Gniazdowska
Nitric oxide (NO) and polyamines (PAs) belong to plant growth and development regulators. These compounds play a key role in numerous physiological processes e.g. seed germination. Based on the suggestion of overlapping of NO and PAs biosynthetic pathways, we demonstrated a cross-talk of NO and PAs in regulation of embryonic dormancy release. The aim of the work was to investigate an impact of PAs (Put, Spd and Spm) or NO short-term fumigation on nitrite, urea, Arg and ornithine (Orn) content, NO synthase-like (NOS-like) and arginase activity in axes of apple (Malus domestica Borkh...
November 23, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Francisco J Corpas, Juan B Barroso
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November 2, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Urszula Krasuska, Olga Andrzejczak, Paweł Staszek, Wojciech Borucki, Agnieszka Gniazdowska
A non-protein amino acid (NPAA) - meta-Tyrosine (m-Tyr), is a harmful compound produced by fescue roots. Young (3-4 days old) tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) seedlings were supplemented for 24-72 h with m-Tyr (50 or 250 μM) inhibiting root growth by 50 or 100%, without lethal effect. Fluorescence of DAF-FM and APF derivatives was determined to show reactive nitrogen species (RNS) localization and level in roots of tomato plants. m-Tyr-induced restriction of root elongation growth was related to formation of nitrated proteins described as content of 3-nitro tyrosine...
October 31, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Jonathan M Fahey, Albert W Girotti
Many malignant tumors employ iNOS-derived NO to resist eradication by chemotherapeutic agents or ionizing radiation. In this study, we determined whether human breast carcinoma MDA-MB-231 cells in vitro and in vivo as tumor xenografts would exploit endogenous iNOS/NO to resist the cytotoxic effects of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-based photodynamic therapy (PDT). Broad band visible irradiation of ALA-treated cells resulted in a marked after-light upregulation of iNOS protein which persisted for at least 24 h...
January 30, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Vasak D Mikoyan, Evgeniya N Burgova, Rostislav R Borodulin, Anatoly F Vanin
It has been established that treatment of mice with sodium nitrite, S-nitrosoglutathione and the water-soluble nitroglycerine derivative isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN) as NO donors initiates in vivo synthesis of significant amounts of EPR-silent binuclear dinitrosyl iron complexes (B-DNIC) with thiol-containing ligands in the liver and other tissues of experimental mice. This effect is especially apparent if NO donors are administered to mice simultaneously with the Fe(2+)-citrate complex. Similar results were obtained in experiments on isolated liver and other mouse tissues treated with gaseous NО in vitro and during stimulation of endogenous NO synthesis in the presence of inducible NO synthase...
January 30, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Mikhail E Kletskii, Oleg N Burov, Nikita S Fedik, Sergey V Kurbatov
The goal of present work is the quantum chemical study of NO donation mechanism in dinitrobenzofuroxan aryl derivative. Mechanisms of its structural non-rigidity (1,3-N-oxidic and Boulton-Katritzky rearrangements) and minimum energy pathways of NO donation under the action of sulfanyl radical SH· were considered in details. DFT calculations were performed using B3LYP and UB3LYP functionals in the 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. Obtained results showed that a high experimentally proven NO-donor activity of dinitrobenzofuroxan aryl derivative is connected with its existence in the form of mixture of 1-N-oxide and 3-N-oxide, where the 3-N-oxide is more reactive towards SH·...
January 30, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
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