Compound 48/80 induces endothelium-dependent and histamine release-independent relaxation in rabbit aorta

Fernanda Viaro, Andréa Carla Celotto, Verena Kise Capellini, Caroline Floreoto Baldo, Alfredo José Rodrigues, Walter V.A. Vicente, Paulo Roberto B. Evora

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Compound 48/80 (C48/80) is a synthetic condensation product of N-methyl-p-methoxyphenethylamine with formaldehyde and is an experimental drug used since the 1950s to induce anaphylactic shock through histamine release. This study was carried out to further elucidate the mechanism by which this drug induces nitric oxide (NO) release. Our specific goals were: (a) to verify if C48/80's relaxation occurs through the stimulation of histamine receptors; (b) to evaluate the endothelium-dependent relaxation induced by C48/80; (c) to identify NO as the endothelium-relaxing factor released by C48/80; (d) to identify the NO synthase (NOS) responsible for NO release; and (e) to verify if the relaxation induced by C48/80 is calcium and cyclic guanidine monophosphate (cGMP) dependent. Rabbit aorta segments, with and without endothelium, were suspended in organ chambers (25 ml) filled with Krebs solution maintained at 37 °C, bubbled with 95% O2/5% CO2 (pH 7.4). Phenylephrine was used to contract the segments. Other protocol drugs included H1- and H2-receptor antagonists, cyclooxygenase, NOS, guanylyl cyclase and phospholipase C (PLC) inhibitors. Endothelium-dependent relaxation induced by C48/80 was also studied in calcium-free Krebs solution associated with a calcium chelator. In summary, our investigation demonstrated that the C48/80 vasodilating action: (a) does not depend on H1 and H2 histamine receptors; (b) is NO endothelium-dependent; (c) is dependent on the endothelial constitutive NOS (NOS-3) isoform activation; (d) is cGMP-dependent; and that NOS-3 activation by C48/80: (a) is independent of PLC up to 25 μg/ml and (b) is partially dependent of this lipase in higher doses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-92
Number of pages6
JournalNitric Oxide - Biology and Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2008

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP) and Fundação de Apoio ao Ensino, Pesquisa e Assistência do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo (FAEPA-HCFMRP).


  • Compound 48/80
  • Endothelium
  • Nitric oxide
  • Rabbit aorta
  • Vasorelaxation


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