Inhibition of nitric oxide (NO) synthase activity by L-NG-Nitroarginine (NO2Arg) in brain preparations is not reversed by dialysis and is enhanced by prolonged preincubation of NO2Arg with the enzyme. By contrast, the weaker inhibition by NO2Arg of macrophage NO synthase is fully reversible. NO2Arg inhibits NO synthase activity in the brain after i.p. administration of 5 or 50 mg/kg. This in vivo inhibition also appears to be irreversible. The potent in vivo inhibition of central NO synthase by NO2Arg may facilitate studies of the physiologic function of NO as a neuronal messenger.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - May 15 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology