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      Generation of Nitric Oxide from Organic Nitrovasodilators during Passage through the Coronary Vascular Bed and Its Role in Coronary Vasodilation and Nitrate Tolerance

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          This study investigated the release of nitric oxide (NO) from glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) and SIN-1 in Langendorff rabbit hearts. Infusion of either GTN (10–40µ M) or SIN-1 (0.45–4.5 µ M) into the coronary inflow tract resulted in a decrease in coronary perfusion pressure and NO release (oxyhemoglobin technique) into the coronary effluent. NO release fom SIN-1 occurred spontaneously whereas passage through the coronary circulation, i.e. active metabolism, was required for NO release from GTN. Removal of the coronary endothelium and blockade of endothelial NO formation did not affect NO release from GTN and SIN-1. In GTN-tolerant hearts, there was a considerable inhibition of GTN- but not SIN-1-induced NO formation and coronary vasodilation. These data suggest (1) that metabolic NO release from GTN occurs during passage of the coronary circulation and is independent of the presence of endothelium, and (2) reduced NO release is a major cause of nitrate tolerance.

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          J Vasc Res
          Journal of Vascular Research
          S. Karger AG
          23 September 2008
          : 28
          : 1-3
          : 62-66
          Institut für Pharmakologie, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, BRD
          158844 Blood Vessels 1991;28:62–66
          © 1991 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 5
          Endothelium-Derived and Endothelium-Independent Vasoactive Mechanisms


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