Response to inhaled nitric oxide (NO) is not associated with changes of plasma cGMP levels in patients with acute lung injury.

B. Zwissler, G. Kemming, Matthias Merkel, G. Wolfram, M. Kleen, O. Habler, M. Haller, J. Briegel

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BACKGROUND: A clinically relevant increase of PaO subset2 or decrease of pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) upon inhalation of NO (iNO) does occur in only 60 to 80% of patients with acute lung injury. The mechanisms for divergent responses of different patients have not yet been fully elucidated. Since NO mediates its pulmonary effects by stimulating soluble guanylate cyclase, thereby increasing levels of cyclic guanosinemonophosphate (cGMP), we hypothesized that pulmonary cGMP production upon iNO might be suppressed in patients not responding to iNO treatment. METHODS: After approval by the local ethical committee and after informed consent had been obtained, both arterial and mixed-venous cGMP levels were analyzed in 13 patients in whom iNO was administered to treat pulmonary hypertension and/or hypoxemia due to acute respiratory distress syndrome (n = 11) or reperfusion injury following lung transplantation (n = 2). Both cardiorespiratory variables and cGMP concentrations were documented simultaneously at baseline, 15 min after inhalation of 8 ppm of NO, and 15 min after withdrawal of NO, respectively. RESULTS: Inhaled NO resulted in a significant increase in PaO(2)/FiO(2) and a decrease in PVR. Arterial and mixed venous concentration of cGMP (median) also increased significantly upon iNO from 2.5 to 6.5 nM (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-467
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Medical Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 22 1999
Externally publishedYes


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