Nitric Oxide Donor, NOR-3, Increased Expression of Cyclooxygenase-2, but not of Cyclooxygenase-1 in Cultured VSMC

  • Lee, Dong-Hyup (Departments of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University) ;
  • Park, Ji-Eun (Departments of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University) ;
  • Kang, Young-Jin (Departments of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University) ;
  • Lee, Kwang-Youn (Departments of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University) ;
  • Choi, Hyoung-Chul (Departments of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University)
  • Published : 2006.06.21


NO and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) are contributes to vascular inflammation induced by various stimulation. The mechanism, which explains a linkage between NO and COX-2, could be of importance in promoting pathophysiological conditions of vessel. We investigated the effects of NO donors on the COX-l and COX-2 mRNA/protein expression, as well as the nitrite production in culture medium of vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC). VSMC was primarily cultured from thoracic aorta of rat. In this experiments, COX-l and COX-2 mRNA/protein expressions were analysed and nitrite productions were investigated using Griess reagent. VSMC did not express COX-2 protein in basal condition (Nonlipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulated). In LPS-stimulated experiments, after 3 hours of NO donor pretreatment, LPS $10{\mu}g/ml$ was treated for 24 hours. COX-l protein expressions were unchanged by SNP and NOR-3. NOR-3 significantly increased COX-2 mRNA/protein expression under LPS stimulation. In contrast, SNP did not increase COX-2 mRNA/protein expression under LPS stimulation. Nitrite production was higher in NOR-3 treatment than SNP treatment under LPS stimulation. These results suggest that the expression of COX-2 in VSMC is regulated by NOR-3, COX-2 expressions were depending on the types of NO donor and LPS stimulation in VSMC.



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