Lorenzo Machado

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Recent studies suggest that a nitric oxide (NO) deficiency and elevated arginase activity may play a role in the pathogenesis of asthma. Although much attention has been directed toward measurements of exhaled NO in asthma, no studies to date have evaluated levels of plasma arginase or arginine, the substrate for NO production, in patients with asthma. This(More)
Pulmonary hypertension is a life-threatening complication of sickle cell disease. L-Arginine is the nitrogen donor for synthesis of nitric oxide, a potent vasodilator that is deficient during times of sickle cell crisis. This deficiency may play a role in pulmonary hypertension. The enzyme arginase hydrolyzes arginine to ornithine and urea, and thus, it may(More)
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