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nitric oxide synthase

Petrina Yau-Pok Lau, Linda Katona, Peter Saghy, Kathryn Newton, Peter Somogyi, Karri P Lamsa
Long-term plasticity is well documented in synapses between glutamatergic principal cells in the cortex both in vitro and in vivo. Long-term potentiation (LTP) and -depression (LTD) have also been reported in glutamatergic connections to hippocampal GABAergic interneurons expressing parvalbumin (PV+) or nitric oxide synthase (NOS+) in brain slices, but plasticity in these cells has not been tested in vivo. We investigated synaptically-evoked suprathreshold excitation of identified hippocampal neurons in the CA1 area of urethane-anaesthetized rats...
October 25, 2016: Brain Structure & Function
Klaus Häfelein, Andrea Preuße-Prange, Peter Behrendt, Bodo Kurz
Meniscal integrity is a prerequisite for sustained knee joint health and prevention of meniscal degeneration is a main research goal. Cartilage-protective effects of selenium have been described, but little is known about the impact on the meniscus. We therefore investigated the influence of sodium selenite on meniscal explants under tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFα)-stimulated proinflammatory conditions. Meniscal explant disks (3 mm diameter × 1 mm thickness) were isolated from 2-year-old cattle and incubated with TNFα (10 ng/ml) and sodium selenite (low dose, LoD 6...
October 25, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Christian Brinkmann, Benedikt Schulte-Körne, Marijke Grau, Sinja Obels, Roman Kemmerling, Thorsten Schiffer, Wilhelm Bloch, Klara Brixius
BACKGROUND: Increases in the amount of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) protein and abnormal production of nitric oxide (NO) in skeletal muscle have been suggested to be associated with peripheral insulin resistance in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). This pilot study analyzed whether a 3-month endurance training can affect iNOS protein and NO metabolite levels in the vastus lateralis muscle of insulin-independent T2DM men, thereby affecting the patients` glycemic control...
October 26, 2016: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
Amir Hossein Doustimotlagh, Ahmad Reza Dehpour, Shahroo Etemad-Moghadam, Mojgan Alaeddini, Yasaman Kheirandish, Abolfazl Golestani
Metabolic bone disease is a major issue in chronic liver disease. Increased production of nitric oxide (NO) and elevation of endogenous opioids have been suggested to occur during cholestasis/cirrhosis. We aimed to investigate the involvement of nitrergic and opioidergic systems in bone loss after bile-duct-ligation (BDL) in rats using optical density (OD) evaluation and histomorphometric analysis. BDL- and sham-operated (SO) rats received injections of 3mg/kg Nω-Nitro-L-arginine methyl-ester-hydrochloride (L-NAME) as an NO-synthase inhibitor, 10mg/kg naltrexone (NTX) as an opioid-receptors antagonist or saline once daily for 28 days...
October 26, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
Esma R Isenovic, Aleksandra Jovanovic, Emina Sudar Milovanovic, Sudar Milovanovic, Samantha J Pitt, Alan J Stewart, Sonja Zafirovic, Julijana Stanimirovic, Djordje Radak
Overexpression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is a key link between high-fat (HF) diet induced obesity and cardiovascular disease. Oestradiol has cardioprotective effects that may be mediated through reduction of iNOS activity/expression. In the present study, female Wistar rats were fed a standard diet or a HF diet (42% fat) for 10 weeks. iNOS gene and protein expressions were measured in heart tissue. HF-fed rats exhibited a significant increase in cardiac iNOS mRNA by 695% (p<0.05), iNOS protein level by 248% (p<0...
October 25, 2016: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Fenfen Ma, Wenwen Li, Xinghui Li, Ba Hieu Tran, Rinkiko Suguro, Ruijuan Guan, Cuilan Hou, Huijuan Wang, Aijie Zhang, Yichun Zhu, YiZhun Zhu
Extracorporeal pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) has shown the ability to regenerate tissue by promoting cell proliferation. Here, we investigated for the first time whether PEMF treatment could improve the myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury and uncovered its underlying mechanisms. In our study, we demonstrated for the first time that extracorporeal pulsed electromagnetic field(PEMF)has a novel effect on myocardial ischemia/reperfusion(I/R)injury. The number and function of circulating endothelial progenitor cells were increased in PEMF treating rats...
October 25, 2016: Bioscience Reports
Ana Roseli S Ribeiro, José Diego do Nascimento Valença, Jeferson da Silva Santos, Thaise Boeing, Luisa Mota da Silva, Sérgio Faloni de Andrade, Ricardo L C Albuquerque-Júnior, Sara Maria Thomazzi
Many flavonoids have been shown to present good results for the treatment of gastric ulcers. Baicalein, a bioactive flavonoid derived from the Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi root, possesses several biological effects, such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. This study was conducted to assess the gastroprotective properties of baicalein. Anti-ulcerogenic assay was performed using the protocol of ulcer induced by ethanol/HCl in mice; then, the role of presynaptic α2-receptors, sulfhydryl (SH) compounds, nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin (PG) and ATP-sensitive K(+) (KATP) channels in gastroprotection of baicalein was investigated...
October 22, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Naoto Fujii, Brendan D McNeely, Glen P Kenny
β-adrenergic receptor agonists such as isoproterenol can induce cutaneous vasodilatation and sweating in humans, however, the mechanisms underpinning this response remains unresolved. We evaluated the hypotheses that 1) nitric oxide synthase (NOS) contributes to β-adrenergic cutaneous vasodilatation, whereas cyclooxygenase (COX) limits the vasodilatation, and 2) COX contributes to β-adrenergic sweating. In 10 young males (25 ± 5 years), cutaneous vascular conductance (CVC) and sweat rate were evaluated at four intradermal forearm skin sites infused with 1) lactated Ringer's (control), 2) 10 mm L -NNA, a non-specific NOS inhibitor, 3) 10 mM ketorolac, a non-specific COX inhibitor, or 4) a combination of L -NNA and ketorolac...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Haixia Hu, Xiaoqin Zhu, Ruhui Lin, Zuanfang Li, Lidian Chen
The present study aimed to investigate the inhibitory effects, and underlying mechanisms, of Gua Lou Gui Zhi decoction (GLGZD) in a rat model of neuroinflammation. Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with GLGZD following middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Neurological function and infarct volume were evaluated to confirm successful generation of the rat model. Subsequently, brain tissues and blood samples were collected for further analysis. Nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) were evaluated in peripheral blood samples using the Griess reagent assay and an ELISA, respectively...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Amanda J Sales, Vinícius A Hiroaki-Sato, Sâmia R L Joca
Systemic or hippocampal administration of nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitors induces antidepressant-like effects in animals, implicating increased hippocampal levels of NO in the neurobiology of depression. However, the role played by different NO synthase in this process has not been clearly defined. As stress is able to induce neuroinflammatory mechanisms and trigger the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in the brain, as well as upregulate neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) activity, the aim of the present study was to investigate the possible differential contribution of hippocampal iNOS and nNOS in the modulation of the consequences of stress elicited by the forced swimming test...
October 24, 2016: Behavioural Pharmacology
E Lepiarczyk, A Dudek, J Kaleczyc, M Majewski, W Markiewicz, P Radziszewski, A Bossowska
Resiniferatoxin (RTX) is used as experimental drug therapy for a range of neurogenic urinary bladder disorders. The present study investigated the chemical coding of caudal mesenteric ganglion (CaMG) neurons supplying the porcine urinary bladder after intravesical RTX instillation. The CaMG neurons were visualized with retrograde tracer Fast Blue (FB) and their chemical profile was disclosed with double-labelling immunohistochemistry using antibodies against tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), neuropeptide Y (NPY), vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), somatostatin (SOM), calbindin (CB), galanin (GAL) and neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS)...
August 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
S Cacanyiova, A Berenyiova, F Kristek, M Drobna, K Ondrias, M Grman
The aorta plays an important role in blood pressure control so the early determination of its vasoactive properties could predict pathological changes in hypertension. The aim of study was to compare vasoactive properties and geometry of thoracic aorta (TA) and the participation of two vasoactive transmitters, nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S), in TA tone regulation in young Wistar rats (WR) and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Four-weeks-old WR and SHR were used. Systolic blood pressure (sBP) was measured by plethysmography...
August 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Mohammed I El-Gamal, Woo-Seok Lee, Ji-Sun Shin, Chang-Hyun Oh, Kyung-Tae Lee, Jungseung Choi, Nohsun Myoung, Daejin Baek
The synthesis of a new series of 21 fused coumarin derivatives is described, and the biological evaluation of their in vitro antiinflammatory effects as inhibitors of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ) production in RAW 264.7 macrophages. The target compounds 1a-u were first tested for cytotoxicity to determine a non-toxic concentration for antiinflammatory screening, so that the inhibitory effects against NO and PGE2 production would not be caused by cytotoxicity...
October 24, 2016: Archiv der Pharmazie
Yu Chen, Jing-Rong Lin, Ping-Jin Gao
Mitochondrial fission can occur via activation of dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1), which participates in the mitochondrial membrane scission process. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of angiotensin II (AngII) on mitochondrial fission and fusion in human umbilical vascular endothelial cells (HUVECs). And we further inquire into whether Mdivi-1, a newly identified pharmacological inhibitor of Drp1, can prevent endothelial dysfunction induced by AngII. The HUVECs were treated with AngII alone or in combination with Mdivi-1...
October 25, 2016: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
W Li, L Huang, J Zeng, W Lin, K Li, J Sun, W Huang, J Chen, G Wang, Q Ke, J Duan, X Lai, R Chen, M Liu, Y Liu, T Wang, X Yang, Y Chen, H Xia, A P Xiang
The enteric nervous system (ENS) is recognized as a second brain because of its complexity and its largely autonomic control of bowel function. Recent progress in studying the interactions between the ENS and the central nervous system (CNS) has implicated alterations of the gut/brain axis as a possible mechanism in the pathophysiology of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), Parkinson's disease (PD) and other human CNS disorders, whereas the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown because of the lack of good model systems...
October 25, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Jing Ke, Rui Wei, Fei Yu, Jingjing Zhang, Tianpei Hong
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and its analogues have a beneficial role in cardiovascular system. Here, we aimed to investigate whether liraglutide, a GLP-1 analogue, modulated angiogenesis impaired by palmitic acid (PA) in cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Cells were incubated with liraglutide (3-100 nmol/L) in the presence of PA (0.5mmol/L), and endothelial tube formation was observed and quantified. The protein levels of signaling molecules were analyzed and the specific inhibitors were used to identify the signaling pathways through which liraglutide affected angiogenesis...
October 21, 2016: Peptides
Ha Young Jang, Hyeong Jin Park, Kongara Damodar, Jin-Kyung Kim, Jong-Gab Jun
An efficient synthesis of dihydrostilbenes (1-5) and diarylpropanes (6-10) is achieved from the commercially available starting materials and Wittig-Horner reaction, Claisen-Schmidt condensation and hydrogenation as key steps. Later, their nitric oxide (NO) production inhibition effects were evaluated in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced RAW-264.7 macrophages as an indicator of anti-inflammatory activity. All the tested compounds significantly decreased NO production in a concentration-dependent manner except compounds 2, 6 and 8 and did not show notable cytotoxicity except compound 1...
October 13, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
A-Ram Jung, Sang-Hyun Ahn, In-Sik Park, Sun-Young Park, Seung-Il Jeong, Jin-Hong Cheon, Kibong Kim
BACKGROUND: Douchi (fermented Glycine max Merr.) is produced from fermented soybeans, which is widely used in traditional herbal medicine. In this study, we investigated whether Douchi attenuates protein kinase C (PKC) and interleukin (IL)-4 response and cutaneous inflammation in Atopic dermatitis (AD)-like NC/Nga mice. METHODS: To induce AD-like skin lesions, D. farinae antigen was applied to the dorsal skin of 3-week-old NC/Nga mice. After inducing AD, Douchi extract was administered 20 mg/kg daily for 3 weeks to the Douchi-treated mice group...
October 24, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Albert W Girotti, Jonathan M Fahey, Witold Korytowski
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a unique site-specific treatment for eradicating a variety of solid tumors, including prostate, lung, bladder, and brain tumors. PDT is a three-component modality involving (i) administration of a photosensitizing agent (PS), (ii) PS photoexcitation by visible or near-infrared light, and (iii) molecular oxygen. Upon photoexcitation, PS gives rise to tumor-damaging reactive oxygen species, most prominently singlet oxygen (1O2). Previous studies revealed that endogenous nitric oxide (NO) in various mouse tumor models significantly reduced PDT effectiveness...
2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Nikolaos Pitsikas
Close to 1% of the world population suffer from schizophrenia. Current medications for this chronic mental disorder have greatly improved treatment over the last half century or more, but, the newer atypical antipsychotics have proven to be disappointing, and enormous challenges remain. The negative symptoms and cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia which greatly affect overall morbidity call for better treatments. Nitric oxide (NO), an intra- and inter-cellular messenger in the brain, is involved in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia, so excessive NO production might contribute to the pathology...
2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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