Vascular smooth muscle relaxation mediated by nitric oxide donors: A comparison with acetylcholine, nitric oxide and nitroxyl ion Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Acetylcholine
  • Antioxidants
  • Muscle Relaxation
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular
  • Nitric Oxide
  • Nitric Oxide Donors
  • Vasodilator Agents


  • 1. Vasorelaxant properties of three nitric oxide (NO) donor drugs (glyceryl trinitrate, sodium nitroprusside and spermine NONOate) in mouse aorta (phenylephrine pre-contracted) were compared with those of endothelium-derived NO (generated with acetylcholine), NO free radical (NO*; NO gas solution) and nitroxyl ion (NO(-); from Angeli's salt). 2. The soluble guanylate cyclase inhibitor, ODQ (1H-(1,2,4-)oxadiazolo(4,3-a)-quinoxalin-1-one; 0.3, 1 and 10 microM), concentration-dependently inhibited responses to all agents. 10 microM ODQ abolished responses to acetylcholine and glyceryl trinitrate, almost abolished responses to sodium nitroprusside but produced parallel shifts (to a higher concentration range; no depression in maxima) in the concentration-response curves for NO gas solution, Angeli's salt and spermine NONOate. 3. The NO* scavengers, carboxy-PTIO, (2-(4-carboxyphenyl)-4,4,5,5-tetramethyl-imidazoline-1-oxyl-3-oxide; 100 microM) and hydroxocobalamin (100 microM), both inhibited responses to NO gas solution and to the three NO donor drugs, but not Angeli's salt. Hydroxocobalamin, but not carboxy-PTIO, also inhibited responses to acetylcholine. 4. The NO(-) inhibitor, L-cysteine (3 mM), inhibited responses to Angeli's salt, acetylcholine and the three NO donor drugs, but not NO gas solution. 5. The data suggest that, in mouse aorta, responses to all three NO donors involve (i) activation of soluble guanylate cyclase, but to differing degrees and (ii) generation of both NO* and NO(-). Glyceryl trinitrate and sodium nitroprusside, which generate NO following tissue bioactivation, have profiles resembling the profile of endothelium-derived NO more than that of exogenous NO. Spermine NONOate, which generates NO spontaneously outside the tissue, was the drug that most closely resembled (but was not identical to) exogenous NO.

publication date

  • October 29, 2001



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC1572971

PubMed ID

  • 11588100

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