FRANCHI Ana Maria
Role of nitric oxide on oxytocin-evoked contractions and prostaglandin synthesis in isolated pregnant rat uterus
CHAUD MARCELA; FRANCHI, ANA MARIA; BERON DE ASTRADA MARTIN; GIMENO MARTA
PROSTAGLANDINS LEUKOTRIENES AND ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 1997 vol. 57 p. 323 - 329
Uterine contractions elicited by oxytocin (OT), possibly linked with uterus prostaglandin (PG) release, are involved in the final pathway of labor. It is known that nitric oxide (NO) may contribute to the maintenance of uterine contractile quiescence during gestation. Therefore in this study the effect of the inhibition of NO synthase (NOS), with N-monomethyl L-arginine (L-NMMA), on the ability of OT to stimulate uterine contractions and PG synthesis was investigated in isolated rat uterus at days 13 and 21 of pregnancy. L-NMMA did not modify the frequency and the force of contractions elicited by OT at day 13. On day 21 the frequency of contractions evoked by OT were better sustained in the presence of L-NMMA. PGs were not affected by OT on day 13. OT stimulated PGF2α on day 21 when NOS had been inhibited with L-NMMA, but not in the absence of L-NMMA. NOS activity was stimulated by OT at day 21 of gestation. In summary these findings indicate that near term NO can regulate OT PGF2α induced contractions and PG synthesis in isolated pregnant rat uterus.