Biological roles of nitric oxide

S. H. Snyder, D. S. Bredt

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One of the body's most versatile regulatory chemicals is not a complex protein but a simple, highly toxic inorganic molecule that persists for less than 10 seconds. Nitric oxide transmits messages between neutrons, signals blood vessels to dilate and is the weapon of white blood cells against tumors and bacteria. Its intricate physiological functions have been revealed over the past five years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-71+74-77
JournalScientific American
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1992

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