Effects of nitric oxide synthase inhibition on cerebral blood flow following bilateral carotid artery occlusion and recirculation in the rat

Ricardo Prado, Brant D. Watson, Per Wester

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The effects of bilateral carotid artery occlusion/recirculation on cortical CBF (cCBF) were studied in rats following the intravenous administration of either the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride (L-NAME; 30 mg/kg) or an equivalent volume of saline (500 μ1). Induction of bilateral carotid occlusion (BCO) in L-NAME-treated animals resulted in a reduction of cCBF to 30% of baseline. During recirculation subsequent to 20 min of BCO, cCBF in L-NAME-infused animals remained at 30% of baseline. In contrast, cCBF in saline-treated control animals returned to the original baseline level following a similar reduction to 30-40% of baseline during BCO. These results indicate that inhibition of nitric oxide generation limits normalization of regional cortical perfusion following occlusion of proximal large cerebral vessels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)720-723
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993



  • Cerebral blood flow
  • Cerebral ischemia
  • Endothelium-derived relaxing factor
  • Nitric oxide synthase inhibitor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Neuroscience(all)

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