Hydrogen sulfide increases nitric oxide production and subsequent S-nitrosylation in endothelial cells

Ping Ho Chen, Yaw Syan Fu, Yun-Ming Wang, Kun Han Yang, Danny Ling Wang, Bin Huang*

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Hydrogen sulfide (H 2 S) and nitric oxide (NO), two endogenous gaseous molecules in endothelial cells, got increased attention with respect to their protective roles in the cardiovascular system. However, the details of the signaling pathways between H 2 S and NO in endothelia cells remain unclear. In this study, a treatment with NaHS profoundly increased the expression and the activity of endothelial nitric oxide synthase. Elevated gaseous NO levels were observed by a novel and specific fluorescent probe, 5-amino-2-(6-hydroxy-3-oxo-3H-xanthen-9-yl)benzoic acid methyl ester (FA-OMe), and quantified by flow cytometry. Further study indicated an increase of upstream regulator for eNOS activation, AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), and protein kinase B (Akt). By using a biotin switch, the level of NO-mediated protein S-nitrosylation was also enhanced. However, with the addition of the NO donor, NOC-18, the expressions of cystathionine-γ-lyase, cystathionine-β-synthase, and 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase were not changed. The level of H 2 S was also monitored by a new designed fluorescent probe, 4-nitro-7-thiocyanatobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazole (NBD-SCN) with high specificity. Therefore, NO did not reciprocally increase the expression of H 2 S-generating enzymes and the H 2 S level. The present study provides an integrated insight of cellular responses to H 2 S and NO from protein expression to gaseous molecule generation, which indicates the upstream role of H 2 S in modulating NO production and protein S-nitrosylation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number480387
JournalScientific World Journal
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

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