Nitric Oxide in The Kidney Direct measurements of bioavailable renal nitric oxide

  • Fredrik Palm
  • Lina Nordquist
  • Donald G. Buerk
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 599)


Increasing efforts have been directed towards investigating the involvement of nitric oxide (NO) for normal kidney function. Recently, a crucial role of NO in the development of progressive renal dysfunction has been reported during diabetes and hypertension. Indirect estimation of renal NO production include urinary nitrite/nitrate measurements, but there are several disadvantages of indirect methods since production and bioavailability of NO rarely coincide. Thus, direct measurement of in vivo NO bioavailability is preferred, although these methods are more time consuming and require highly specialized equipment and knowledge. This review focuses on two techniques for in vivo measurement of bioavailable NO in the kidney. We have applied Whalen-type recessed NO microsensors for measurement of NO in the kidney cortex, whereas the hemoglobin-trapping technique seems to be more suitable for NO measurement in the renal medulla. Both methods are robust and reliable, and we discuss advantages and shortcomings of each method.


Nitric Oxide Nitric Oxide Microdialysis Probe Renal Medulla Asymmetric Dimethylarginine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fredrik Palm
    • 1
  • Lina Nordquist
    • 1
  • Donald G. Buerk
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medical Cell BiologyUppsala University, Biomedical CenterPO 571, SE 751 23 UppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Departments of Physiology and BioengineeringUniversity of Pennsylvania School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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