The past decade has witnessed an explosion in the interest of biologists in the gas nitric oxide (NO). This highly reactive free radical, first considered only a noxious air pollutant, is believed to play a vital role in many biological events including regulation of blood flow, immunity, and neurotransmission. Almost every cell and physiological parameter in our body is modulated by NO.
A major issue of our times is the stress so common to our affluent society. Vast data from studies on NO signals, on relaxation/stress processes and on health, supports a novel look of an NO net serving as a coordinator in the body. Such coordination would be essential for health, and interference in it can be the root of stress. I have recently proposed that NO represents an alternative communication system in the body and I am looking for NO "fans" to discuss current issues on this matter.
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1998
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