Expression of neuronal nitric oxide synthase in the internal thoracic artery and saphenous vein.

OBJECTIVES Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (type III) generates nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels. Recently, it was discovered that arterial smooth muscle cells express neuronal nitric oxide synthase (type I). The purpose of this study was to determine the relative amounts of neuronal nitric oxide synthase in the human internal thoracic artery and… (More)