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Neuroreport. 1993 Feb;4(2):198-200.

The calmodulin antagonist calmidazolium stimulates release of nitric oxide in neuroblastoma N1E-115 cells.

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Division of Neuroscience Research in Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis 55455.


Effects of the calmodulin inhibitor calmidazolium on stimulation of nitric oxide (NO) release were investigated in neuroblastoma N1E-115 cells. NO release was determined indirectly by measuring cyclic GMP formation. Instead of the expected decrease in NO generation based on the calmodulin dependence of neuronal NO synthase, calmidazoline paradoxically increased cyclic GMP formation. Maximal activation occurred at 3 min and the effects were concentration dependent. This calmidazolium-stimulated NO release was markedly blocked by hemoglobin and N-monomethyl-L-arginine.

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