Involvement of nitroxyl (HNO) in the cyanamide-induced vasorelaxation of rabbit aorta.


Relaxation of precontracted rabbit aortic rings in vitro by cyanamide, a clinically used alcohol deterrent drug, required catalase and H2O2, suggesting that a bioactivation mechanism was involved. Since the oxidation of cyanamide by catalase/H2O2 had been shown previously to lead to nitroxyl (HNO) generation via the intermediate N-hydroxycyanamide, and… (More)