Renal dysfunction after chronic blockade of nitric oxide synthesis

Victoria Cachofeiro, Lourdes A. Fortepiani, Josefa Navarro-Cid, Vicente Lahera, Joaquín García-Estañ

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The effects of the chronic inhibition of nitric oxide (NO) on renal hemodynamics and tubular function were studied in rats treated for 8 weeks with the NO synthesis inhibitor, NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME; 40 mg/kg/day). In addition, the effect of L-NAME administration on vasoactive systems (renin-angiotensin system, aldosterone, catecholamines, endothelin, and thromboxane A2) was evaluated. Chronic inhibition of NO significantly elevated blood pressure, reduced glomerular filtration rate and renal blood flow, blunted the pressure-diuresis-natriuresis response, and increased protein urine excretion. All these changes were associated with blunted nitrite production in response to acetylcholine in glomeruli. No changes were observed in the plasma levels of either renin activity, aldosterone, or endothelin in L-NAME-treated rats. Similarly, no differences were observed in the urinary excretion of thromboxane B2 between both group of animals. By contrast, plasma concentrations of both epinephrine and norepinephrine were elevated in rats treated with L-NAME. In summary, the results show that chronic blockade of NO produced not only alterations in renal function, but also renal damage, suggesting an important renoprotective role of NO. An activation of sympathoadrenal system could participate in these renal alterations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)885-891
Number of pages7
JournalAntioxidants and Redox Signaling
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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