C-reactive protein directly inhibits nitric oxide production by cytokine-stimulated vascular smooth muscle cells.


C-reactive protein (CRP) is an important risk factor for atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease. The authors investigated the effects of CRP on nitric oxide (NO) synthesis in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Production of nitrite, a stable metabolite of NO, was measured, as was the expression of inducible NO synthase (iNOS) messenger RNA and… (More)


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