Volume 15, Issue 3 (11-2011)                   ibj 2011, 15(3): 59-65 | Back to browse issues page

PMID: 21987110
PMCID: PMC3639748

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Nitric oxide (NO) is a simple ubiquitous signaling molecule and plays important roles in almost every biological system. Recent evidences suggest that NO may act as an endocrine molecule. The aim of this review is considering available literature on endocrine roles of NO and/or its metabolites, i.e. nitrite and nitrate. Existing data suggest the idea that NO is a hormone that after production in tissues, it is stabilized and transported as nitrite and/or S-nitrosothiols in the blood to target cells.

Type of Study: Review Article | Subject: Related Fields