Thursday, April 26, 2007

Nitric oxide (NO) is everywhere

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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