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Mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) may be involved in the biotransformation of glyceryl trinitrate (GTN), and the inactivation of ALDH2 by GTN may contribute to the phenomenon of nitrate tolerance. We studied the GTN-induced inactivation of ALDH2 by UV/visible absorption spectroscopy. Dehydrogenation of acetaldehyde and hydrolysis of(More)
Through adaptation, negative health effects can be prevented. the village of Point Hope enjoys one of the finest locations in Alaska for the harvest of subsistence resources, including fish, marine mammals, birds and caribou. This amazing place has allowed the Inupiat of Point Hope to flourish for centuries, and it is one of the oldest continuously occupied(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) acts as a messenger molecule in the CNS by activating soluble guanylyl cyclase. Rat brain synaptosomal NO synthase was stimulated by Ca2+ in a concentration-dependent manner with half-maximal effects observed at 0.3 microM and 0.2 microM when its activity was assayed as formation of NO and L-citrulline, respectively. Cyclic GMP formation(More)
7-Nitro-indazole (7-NI) has been described as novel nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitor with in vivo selectivity for the neuronal isozyme [Moore et al. Br. J. Phaarmac. 110, 219-224 (1993)]. In the present study we have used purified porcine brain NOS to investigate the molecular mechanisms of enzyme inhibition by 7-NI. The drug was competitive with(More)
The specific, acute interaction of tolperisone, an agent used as a muscle relaxant and for the treatment of chronic pain conditions, with the Na(v1.2), Na(v1.3), Na(v1.4), Na(v1.5), Na(v1.6), Na(v1.7), and Na(v1.8) isoforms of voltage dependent sodium channels was investigated and compared to that of lidocaine. Voltage dependent sodium channels were(More)
In the present study we investigated uptake of the nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitors NG-methyl-L-arginine and NG-nitro-L-arginine by the mouse neuroblastoma x rat glioma hybrid cell line NG108-15. Uptake of NG-methyl-L-arginine was characterized by biphasic kinetics (Km1 = 8 mumol/L, Vmax1 = 0.09 nmol x mg-1 x min-1; Km2 = 229 mumol/L, Vmax2 = 2.9 nmol(More)
Mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) contributes to vascular bioactivation of the antianginal drugs nitroglycerin (GTN) and pentaerythrityl tetranitrate (PETN), resulting in cGMP-mediated vasodilation. Although continuous treatment with GTN results in the loss of efficacy that is presumably caused by inactivation of ALDH2, PETN does not induce(More)
Human testicular cytosol and ovarian follicular fluid were analyzed for the presence of interleukin-1 (IL-1)-like factors. Both the follicular fluid and testis cytosol preparations exhibited significant IL-1-like activity as determined by the murine thymocyte proliferation bioassay. The dose-response lines obtained with the gonadal preparations were(More)
Signal transduction via the endothelial receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) plays a key role in vascular inflammation. Recent observations have shown that the myeloperoxidase-H2O2-chloride system of activated phagocytes is highly up-regulated under inflammatory conditions where hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is formed as the major oxidant.(More)
1 The influence of sodium ion substitutes on the 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)-induced flux of the organic cation [14C]guanidinium through the ion channel of the mouse 5-HT3 receptor and on the competition of 5-HT with the selective 5-HT3 receptor antagonist [3H]GR 65630 was studied, unless stated otherwise, in mouse neuroblastoma N1E-115 cells. 2 Under(More)