To detect endogenous nitric oxide (NO) produced in a rat bacterial meningitis model, the authors applied an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) NO-trapping technique. Iron complex with N,N-diethyldithiocarbamate were used as a trapping agent. Experimental meningitis was induced by a mixture of lipopolysaccharide and interferon-γ. Sequential changes of NO formation under meningitis were observed in rat brain tissue by using X-band (9 GHz) EPR spectroscopy, and endogenous NO was detected in the head of a living rat with a 700-MHz EPR system. Inducible NO synthase mRNA expression in the brain tissues also was proven by using a reverse transcriptase- polymerase chain reaction technique.
- In vivo electron paramagnetic resonance detection
- Inducible nitric oxide synthase mRNA
- Nitric oxide
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine