Role of inducible nitric oxide synthase in regulation of pulmonary vascular tone in the late gestation ovine fetus.


Nitric oxide (NO) produced by NO synthase (NOS) modulates fetal pulmonary vascular tone and contributes to the fall in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) at birth. Although the inducible (type II) NOS isoform is present in human and rat fetal lungs, it is uncertain whether type II NOS activity contributes to vascular NO production in the fetal lung. To… (More)