The action of nitric oxide in the perfused human fetal-placental circulation

L. Myatt, A. Brewer, D. E. Brockman

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Abstract

Nitric oxide is thought to be the endogenous endothelium-derived relaxing factor. We investigated the effects of compounds that either generate nitric oxide intracellularly or inhibit its action on the vasculature of the human placental villus. Addition to perfusion medium of methylene blue (10-5 mol/L), which is an inhibitor of activation of guanylate cyclase by nitric oxide, significantly increased perfusion pressure of the fetal-placed circulation over a range of flow rates (1 to 10 ml/min) compared with the perfusion pressures seen in the absence of methylene blue. This suggests basal release of nitric oxide may contribute to maintenance of resting vascular tone. Both glyceryl trinitrate (10-9 to 5 x 10-6 mol/L) and S-nitro-N-acetylpenicillamine (10-8 to 10-4 mol/L), which generate nitric oxide intracellularly, were able to significantly vasodilate the fetal-placental circulation preconstricted with the thromboxane mimetic U46619 (1 to 5 x 10-8 mol/L) in a concentration-dependent manner. These compounds had no effect in the absence of the vasoconstrictor. Thus it appears that the placental villus vascular tree has the ability to both generate and respond to nitric oxide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-692
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume164
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Placental Circulation
Nitric Oxide
Chorionic Villi
Perfusion
Methylene Blue
Blood Vessels
Pressure
15-Hydroxy-11 alpha,9 alpha-(epoxymethano)prosta-5,13-dienoic Acid
Endothelium-Dependent Relaxing Factors
Guanylate Cyclase
Thromboxanes
Nitroglycerin
Vasoconstrictor Agents
Maintenance

Keywords

  • Blood flow
  • Endothelium-derived relaxing factor
  • Nitric oxide
  • Placenta

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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The action of nitric oxide in the perfused human fetal-placental circulation. / Myatt, L.; Brewer, A.; Brockman, D. E.

In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 164, No. 2, 1991, p. 687-692.

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Myatt, L. ; Brewer, A. ; Brockman, D. E. / The action of nitric oxide in the perfused human fetal-placental circulation. In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1991 ; Vol. 164, No. 2. pp. 687-692.
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