Dihydropyridine antagonists and agonists of calcium channels inhibit the induction of nitric oxide synthase by endotoxin in cultured macrophages.

Here we investigate the effects of the dihydropyridine-type antagonists of calcium channels nitrendipine, nimodipine, nisoldipine and the calcium channel agonist BAY K 8644 on the induction of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) by bacterial endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide; LPS) in J774.2 macrophages cultured in vitro. Pretreatment of J774.2 cells with these… CONTINUE READING