In septic shock the inhibition of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) could be of therapeutic value. However, side effects have to be investigated. Therefore we studied the effects of chronic NOS inhibition on the level of iNOS expression in a model of chronic liver inflammation induced by Corynebacterium parvum (C. parvum) which causes sustained iNOS expression in the liver. NOS inhibitors decreased the rise in plasma levels and urinary excretion of nitrite/nitrate by about 50%; however, iNOS mRNA and protein were increased to 200% and 150%, respectively. Thus chronic inhibition of NOS can result in an increase in iNOS mRNA level and protein under conditions when iNOS is expressed. This could result in an overproduction of NO upon removal of the NOS-inhibitor.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - 1994|