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Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (ecNOS) is a ubiquitous enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of arginine to citrulline and NO. Although the protein is ubiquitously expressed, its function in initiation of apoptosis remains unclear. In this study we investigated the exact location and the mechanism of activation and inactivation of endothelial NO synthase in human EC. Using murine mononuclear cells, we were able to expose endogenously expressed NO synthase to various maneuvers where the levels of NO, cGMP, and ecNOS mRNA expression changed. Cytofluorimetric analysis revealed a G-protein coupled receptor-mediated NO production induced by the chemotactic tripeptide fMLP, the phorbol ester PMA, and the tumor promoter teleocidin. A novel finding was the rapid and persistent activation of ecNOS by the bisindolylmaleimide GF 109203X, a pharmacological inhibitor of protein kinase C. Using a construct fusion protein, we mapped the fMLP receptor to a region of about 1101 amino acids in the NH2-terminus of ecNOS. Mutagenesis of single or double residues confirmed the essential role of lysine-18 and tyrosine-298 in human ecNOS. These were located in close proximity to an fMLP-binding site, comprising lysine-613, tyrosine-612, and lysine-615. Mutations of several other glutamate- and aspartate-containing residues (aspartate-288, glutamate-29, glutamate-208, glutamate-333, aspartate-283, and aspartate-303) suggested that the domain may be involved in assembly of the NO synthase holoenzyme. Determination of the generated cGMP in transfected cells showed that ecNOS-driven NO generation and cGMP synthesis parallel each other during the first 20 min of stimulation. Stimulation of cells with GPBAn, a membrane-permeant derivative of cGMP, induced an ecNOS activation, and a concomitant production of NO. Addition of a phosphodiesterase inhibitor increased the intracellular cGMP levels to a maximum of 7-fold over basal cGMP levels. d2c66b5586


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