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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

autoregulatory role of endothelium-derived nitric oxide (NO) on Lipopolysaccharide-induced vascular inducible NO synthase expression and function.

Nitric oxide (NO) produced by inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is responsible for sepsis-induced hypotension and plays a major contributory role in the ensuing multiorgan failure. The present study aimed to elucidate the role of endothelial NO in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced iNOS expression, in isolated rat aortic rings. Exposure to LPS (1 mug/ml, 5 h) resulted in a reversal of phenylephrine precontracted tone in aortic rings (70.7 +/- 3.2%). This relaxation was associated with iNOS expression and NF-kappaB activation. Positive immunoreactivity for iNOS protein was localized in medial and adventitial layers of LPS-treated aortic rings. Removal of the endothelium rendered aortic rings resistant to LPS-induced relaxation (8.9 +/- 4.5%). Western blotting of these rings demonstrated an absence of iNOS expression. However, treatment of endothelium-denuded rings with the NO donor, diethylamine-NONOate (0.1 mum), restored LPS-induced relaxation (61.6 +/- 6.6%) and iNOS expression to levels comparable with arteries with intact endothelium. Blockade of endothelial NOS (eNOS) activation using geldanamycin and radicicol, inhibitors of heat shock protein 90, in endothelium-intact arteries suppressed both LPS-induced relaxation and LPS-induced iNOS expression (9.0 +/- 8.0% and 2.0 +/- 6.2%, respectively). Moreover, LPS treatment (12.5 mg/kg, intravenous, 15 h) of wild-type mice resulted in profound elevation of plasma [NO(x)] measurements that were reduced by approximately 50% in eNOS knock-out animals. Furthermore, LPS-induced changes in vascular reactivity and iNOS expression evident in wild-type tissues were profoundly suppressed in tissues taken from eNOS knockout animals. Together, these data suggest that eNOS-derived NO, in part via activation of NF-kappaB, regulates iNOS-induction by LPS. This study provides the first demonstration of a proinflammatory role of vascular eNOS in sepsis.[1]


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