We studied the effects of NG-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) and Nω-nitro-L-arginine (L-NNA) on the selective ATP and adenosine-induced enhancement of intratumoral blood flow in rats measured by the hydrogen clearance method. Both adenosine and ATP produced a selective enhancement of the intratumoral blood flow. Neither L-NMMA nor L-NNA had a significant effect on either the CBF or the intratumoral blood flow. Adenosine-induced enhancement was not inhibited by L-NMMA or L-NNA. On the other hand, the ATP induced enhancement was totally inhibited by both L-NMMA and L-NNA. The inhibitory action of L-NMMA against ATP was blocked by L-arginine, but not by D-arginine. It is suggested that the ATP-induced increase of intratumoral blood flow is evoked by nitric oxide synthesized from the endothelium of the intratumoral blood vessels.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine