INVESTIGADORES
FRANCHI Ana Maria
artículos
Título:
Nitric oxide synthases in pregnant rat uterus
Autor/es:
FARINA, MARIANA; RIBEIRO, MAR√ćA LAURA; FRANCHI ANA MARIA
Revista:
REPRODUCTION
Editorial:
BIOSCIENTIFICA LTD
Referencias:
Lugar: Bristol; Año: 2001 vol. 121 p. 403 - 407
ISSN:
1470-1626
Resumen:
The conversion of [14C]arginine into [14C]citrulline as an indicator of nitric oxide synthesis was studied in uteri isolated from rats on different days of gestation, after labour and during dioestrus. Nitric oxide synthesis was present in uterine tissues isolated at each stage of gestation and also in tissues collected during dioestrus and after labour. Expression of neuronal nitric oxide synthase was not detectable at any of the stages studied. Endothelial nitric oxide synthase was present at all the stages studied, but there was a significant increase on day 13 of gestation and a decrease thereafter, with the lowest expression recorded on the day after labour. Inducible nitric oxide synthase expression in rat uteri increased substantially during pregnancy, with the highest expression on day 13 of gestation; expression decreased at term and after labour. The changes in expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase were coincident with the changes in nitric oxide synthase activity in uteri treated with aminoguanidine. Thus, these findings indicate that an increase in expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase in the uterus may be important for maintenance of uterine quiescence during pregnancy and its decrease near the time of labour could have an effect on the start of uterine contractility.