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Targeted gene deletion of heme oxygenase 2 reveals neural role for carbon monoxide

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The National Academy of Sciences of the USA
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PMC
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  • Biological Sciences
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  • Chemistry

Abstract

Neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) generates NO in neurons, and heme-oxygenase-2 (HO-2) synthesizes carbon monoxide (CO). We have evaluated the roles of NO and CO in intestinal neurotransmission using mice with targeted deletions of nNOS or HO-2. Immunohistochemical analysis demonstrated colocalization of nNOS and HO-2 in myenteric ganglia. Nonadrenergic noncholinergic relaxation and cyclic guanosine 3′,5′ monophosphate elevations evoked by electrical field stimulation were diminished markedly in both nNOSΔ/Δ and HO-2Δ/Δ mice. In wild-type mice, NOS inhibitors and HO inhibitors partially inhibited nonadrenergic noncholinergic relaxation. In nNOSΔ/Δ animals, NOS inhibitors selectively lost their efficacy, and HO inhibitors were inactive in HO-2Δ/Δ animals.

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