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Detailed methods for the quantification of nitric oxide in aqueous solutions using either an oxygen monitor or EPR.

Authors
  • Venkataraman, S
  • Martin, S M
  • Schafer, F Q
  • Buettner, G R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Free Radical Biology and Medicine
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Sep 15, 2000
Volume
29
Issue
6
Pages
580–585
Identifiers
PMID: 11025201
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The interest in nitric oxide has grown with the discovery that it has many biological functions. This has heightened the need for methods to quantify nitric oxide. Here we report two separate methods for the quantification of aqueous stock solutions of nitric oxide. The first is a new method based on the reaction of nitric oxide with oxygen in liquid phase (*NO + O2 + 2H2O --> 4HNO2); an oxygen monitor is used to measure the consumption of oxygen by nitric oxide. This method offers the advantages of being both simple and direct. The presence of nitrite or nitrate, frequent contaminants in nitric oxide stock solutions, does not interfere with the quantification of nitric oxide. Measuring the disappearance of dissolved oxygen, a reactant, in the presence of known amounts of nitric oxide has provided verification of the 4:1 stoichiometry of the reaction. The second method uses electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) and the nitric oxide trap [Fe2+-(MGD)2], (MGD = N-methyl-D-glucamine dithiocarbamate). The nitrosyl complex is stable and easily quantitated as a room temperature aqueous solution. These two methods are validated with Sievers 280 Nitric Oxide Analyzer and cross-checked with standards using UV-Vis spectroscopy. The practical lower limits for measuring the concentration of nitric oxide using the oxygen monitor approach and EPR are approximately 3 microM and 500 nM, respectively. Both methods provide straightforward approaches for the standardization of nitric oxide in solution.

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