The contribution of nitric oxide (NO) to capsaicin-evoked plasma extravasation was studied in rat hindpaw skin. Two inhibitors of NO synthase were used: 7-nitroindazole, with a selectivity for nerve-derived NO, and the L-arginine derivative, Nω-nitro-L-arginine (L-NOARG), which is a non- selective inhibitor. Plasma extravasation was induced by intraplantar injection of 5 μg/50 μl capsaicin and measured by the Evans blue leakage technique. Both acute and chronic administration of 7-nitroindazole significantly reduced capsaicin-evoked plasma extravasation in rat hind-paw skin, whereas L-NOARG enhanced it. This enhancement was abolished non- stereospecifically by either L- or D-arginine. Our results suggest that NO production from different sources yields a complex action in maintaining the endothelial integrity in neurogenic plasma extravasation.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)