FRANCHI Ana Maria
Nitric oxide mediates platelet. activating factor stimulatory action on uterine prostaglandin production
CHAUD MARCELA; FRANCHI, ANA MARIA; BERON DE ASTRADA MARTIN; GIMENO MARTA
PROSTAGLANDINS LEUKOTRIENES AND ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 1998 vol. 58 p. 55 - 59
Accumulated evidence suggests that platelet-activating factor (PAF) may have a role in implantation by stimulating prostaglandin (PG) production. Since we had demonstrated that nitric oxide (NO) can increase uterine PGs, the aim of this study was to explore whether or not NO could mediate rat uterus responses to PAF on day 5 of gestation, when implantation takes place. Uterine motility was enhanced by PAF as compared to controls. This actionwas abolished by either the arginine analogue, N-monomethyl L-arginine (L-NMMA) or the cyclooxygenase inhibitor, indomethacin. On the other hand, NOS activity was detected in uterine strips and could be stimulated by PAF.The cyclooxygenase product PGE2 was also significantly stimulated by PAF. Inhibition of endogenous NO formationabolished the PAF effect on PG synthesis. Our results suggest that NO is an important intermediate in the interaction between PAF and PGs.