Peroxynitrite and Nitrergic Neural Transmission: Pathophysiological Implications

  • Gert Folkerts
  • Axel Fischer
  • Richard B. R. Muijsers
  • Frans P. Nijkamp
Part of the Nitric Oxide in Biology and Medicine book series (NOBM, volume 2)


Up to 5% of the life-sustaining, inspired oxygen (2) is converted to oxygen free radicals. The addition of a single electron to 02 produces the superoxide anion radical (O2’1; superoxide can be converted spontaneously or by the catalytic superoxide dismutase (SOD) to the nonradical molecule hydrogen peroxide (H202), which can be toxic at high concentrations and, more importantly, can be reduced to the hydroxyl radical (’OH) (Reiter et al., 1995). Superoxide is released during the respiratory burst of granulocytes and macrophages by NADPH-oxidase activity, in response to several stimuli (Babior, 1978;Baggiolini and Wymann, 1990). Superoxide is also produced during the auto-oxidation of hemoglobin, myoglobin, and cytochrome c. Furthermore, enzymes like xanthine oxidase, aldehyde oxidase, and a variety of flavin dehydrogenases are sources of superoxide. Superoxide is therefore produced by virtually all aerobic cells (McCord and Fridovich, 1968).


Nitric Oxide Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide Ciliary Beat Frequency Peroxynitrite Formation Airway Smooth Muscle Tone 
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