Nitrosylation of blood hemoglobin and renal nonheme proteins in autoimmune MRL-lpr/lpr mice.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

MRL-lpr/lpr mice spontaneously develop manifestations of autoimmunity including arthritis, vasculitis, and glomerulonephritis. The paramagnetic molecule nitric oxide has been implicated as an effector molecule in initiation and propagation of these inflammatory conditions. In this study, we utilized electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy to directly detect nitrosylated protein complexes as products of nitric oxide in whole blood and in kidneys of MRL-lpr/lpr mice. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of blood samples from MRL-lpr/lpr mice showed nitrosyl hemoglobin species. Amounts of blood nitrosyl hemoglobin in MRL-lpr/lpr mice were significantly increased as compared to age-matched control mice. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of MRL-lpr/lpr kidney tissue exhibited a signal characteristic of a dinitrosyl-iron-dithiolate complex at g approximately 2.04. Formation of nitrosylated nonheme protein in diseased kidneys is associated with development of glomerulonephritis in the autoimmune mice. The presence of nitrosylated nonheme protein indicates the formation of nitric oxide within the kidneys of the diseased mice signifying in situ renal nitric oxide formation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Weinberg, JB; Gilkeson, GS; Mason, RP; Chamulitrat, W

Published Date

  • January 1, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 191 - 196

PubMed ID

  • 9436630

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0891-5849

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0891-5849(97)00217-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States