Journal article

Cyclosporin A and tacrolimus (FK506) suppress expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase in vitro by different mechanisms.

GJ Dusting, K Akita, H Hickey, M Smith, V Gurevich

Br J Pharmacol | Published : 1999

Abstract

1 The effects of the immunosuppressant drugs cyclosporin A and tacrolimus (FK506) on nitric oxide synthesis were examined in a murine macrophage cell line (J774) and rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) in culture for 24 and 48 h, respectively. 2 Cyclosporin A (0.01-10 microM) inhibited by up to 90% accumulation of nitrite induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in both cell lines, but FK506 (0.01-10 microM) had a weaker effect on nitrite accumulation in these cells. Cyclosporin A and FK506 (at 1 microM) also significantly inhibited nitrite production induced by recombinant murine interferon-gamma (rIFNgamma) and recombinant murine interleukin-1beta (rIL-1beta) in J774 and VSMC, respectively...

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