Jpn. J. Pharmacol. 84 (4), 470-473 (2000)


Effect of Hydrogen Peroxide on Guinea Pig Nasal Mucosa Vasculature

Tomohisa Hirai1, Hiromichi Tsuru2,*, Noriaki Tanimitsu1, Masaya Takumida1, Hiroshi Watanabe1, Koji Yajin1 and Masashi Sasa3

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology and 3Department of Pharmacology, Hiroshima University School of Medicine, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551, Japan
2Department of Pharmacology, Toho University School of Medicine, 5-21-16 Ohmori-nishi, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 143-8540, Japan
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E-mail: htsuru@med.toho-u.ac.jp


Abstract: The effect of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) on guinea pig nasal mucosa vasculature was studied by in vitro assay. H2O2 elicited relaxation of guinea pig nasal mucosa strips precontracted with phenylephrine in a concentration-dependent manner. The relaxant response to H2O2 was abolished in the presence of catalase. Preincubation of the strips with NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester or methylene blue significantly attenuated the relaxant responses elicited by H2O2. Fluorescence caused by DAF-2 DA, a fluorescence indicator for nitric oxide, was observed along the nasal mucosa vasculature in response to H2O2. These results suggest that H2O2 induced relaxation of the guinea pig nasal mucosa vasculature and that this relaxation is mediated by the NO/cGMP pathway.

Keywords: Nasal mucosa vasculature, Hydrogen peroxide, Nitric oxide


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