Oct 11, 2003

Endothelial nitric oxide synthase: a determinant of TNFalpha production by human monocytes/macrophages

Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Heiko Mühl, Josef Pfeilschifter


Until recently endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) has been associated exclusively with physiological functions, particularly in the cardiovascular system. However, increasing evidence has been accumulated that supports the concept for a role of eNOS in pathophysiology. In particular, detection of eNOS protein and activity in human monocytes/macrophages suggest an immunomodulatory role of this enzyme. Here, we review data that promote the hypothesis that by enhancing TNFalpha production, eNOS activity should be regarded as a novel pro-inflammatory parameter in human monocytes/macrophages.

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Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
Cardiovascular System
Nitric Oxide Synthase Type III
NOS3 protein, human
Monocytes as Percentage of Blood Leukocytes (Lab Test)
Cardiovascular system DRUGS
Nitric Oxide Synthase

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