Vincent DeFilippi MD, FACS

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  • NITRIC-OXIDE AND ENDOTHELIUM-DEPENDENT RELAXATION IN TRACHEOBRONCHIAL LYMPH VESSELS MICROVASCULAR RESEARCH Ferguson, M. K., Defilippi, V. J. 1994; 47 (3): 308-317

    Abstract:

    Lymphatic smooth muscle tone and contractility are important determinants of lymph flow. Because we have shown previously that lymph vessels exhibit endothelium-dependent relaxation similar to that identified in blood vessels, we assessed the possible role of nitric oxide as an endothelium-dependent relaxant factor in lymph vessels using porcine tracheobronchial lymph vessel rings mounted in organ baths. Isometric active tension was measured and normalized as a percentage of response to 65 mM KCl-substituted perfusate. Histamine and NE elicited contraction in all vessel rings at a concentration of 10(-5) M, and we were unable to demonstrate relaxant responses to these substances even at low concentrations. In histamine- and NE-contracted vessel rings an increase in active tension was produced by NMMA (33.9 +/- 5.4 and 26.1 +/- 5%, respectively, P < 0.0001 for each), an effect that was reversed by addition of L-arginine but not by D-arginine. Endothelial disruption reversed the effects of NMMA in histamine-contracted (16.2 +/- 4.0% increase in active tension; P = N.S. vs initial histamine response) and in NE-contracted vessel rings (11.5 +/- 1.2% increase in active tension; P = N.S. vs initial NE response). The data provide evidence that nitric oxide is an endothelium-dependent relaxant factor that regulates tracheobronchial lymphatic smooth muscle tone and is released in response to administration of contractile agonists.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1994NN83500003

    View details for PubMedID 8084297

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