The Impact of Asymmetric Dimethylarginine (ADAMA), the Endogenous Nitric Oxide (NO) Synthase Inhibitor, to the Pathogenesis of Gastric Mucosal Damage

Author(s): Aleksandra Szlachcic, Gracjana Krzysiek-Maczka, Robert Pajdo, Aneta Targosz, Marcin Magierowski, Katarzyna Jasnos, Danuta Drozdowicz, Slawomir Kwiecien, Tomasz Brzozowski

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 19 , Issue 1 , 2013

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Abstract:

This review was designed to provide an update on the role of asymmetric arginine (ADMA), the endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthase in the pathophysiology of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Numerous studies in the past confirmed that NO is a multifunctional endogenous gas molecule involved in most of the body organs’ functional and metabolic processes including the regulation of gastrointestinal (GI) secretory functions, motility, maintenance of GI integrity, gastroprotection and ulcer healing. NO is metabolized from L-arginine by enzymatic reaction in the presence of constitutive NO synthase. In upper GI tract, NO acts as a potent vasodilator known to increase gastric mucosa blood flow, regulates the secretion of mucus and bicarbonate, inhibits the gastric secretion and protects the gastric mucosa against the damage induced by a variety of damaging agents and corrosive substances. In contrast, ADMA first time described by Vallance and coworkers in 1992, is synthesized by the hydrolysis of proteins containing methylated arginine amino acids located predominantly within the nucleus of cells. This molecule has been shown to competitively inhibit NO synthase suggesting its regulatory role in the functions of vascular endothelial cells and systemic circulation in humans and experimental animals. Nowadays, ADMA is a potentially important risk factor for coronary artery diseases and a marker of cardiovascular risk. Increased plasma levels of ADMA have been documented in several conditions that are characterized by endothelial dysfunction, including hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, hyperglycemia, renal failure and tobacco exposure. The role of ADMA in other systems including GI-tract has been so far less documented. Nevertheless, ADMA was shown to directly induce oxidative stress and cell apoptosis in gastric mucosal cells in vitro and to contribute to the inflammatory reaction associated with major human pathogen to gastric mucosa, Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori). Infection of gastric mucosa with this germ or H. pylori water extract led to marked increase in the plasma concentration of ADMA and significantly inhibited bicarbonate secretion, considered as one of the important components of upper GI-tract defense system. When administered to rodents, ADMA aggravated gastric mucosal lesions injury induced by cold stress, ethanol and indomethacin and this worsening effect on gastric lesions was accompanied by the significant increase in the plasma level of ADMA. This exaggeration of gastric lesions by ADMA was coincided with the inhibition of NO, the suppression of gastric blood flow and excessive release of proinflammatory cytokine TNF-α. This metabolic analog of L-arginine applied to rats was exposed to water immersion and restraint stress and ischemiareperfusion, causing an elevation of plasma levels of ADMA and gastric MDA content, which is the marker of lipid peroxidation. These effects, including the rise in the plasma levels of ADMA in rats with stress and ischemia-reperfusion-induced gastric lesions, were attenuated by concomitant treatment with L-arginine, the substrate for NO-synthase, and superoxide dismutase (SOD), a reactive oxygen metabolite scavenger added to ADMA. We conclude that ADMA could be considered as an important factor contributing to the pathogenesis of gastric mucosal damage and inflammatory reaction in H. pylori-infected stomach due to inhibition of NO, suppression of GI microcirculation, and the proinflammatory and proapoptotic actions of this arginine analog.

Keywords: Asymmetric dimethylarginine, nitric oxide, gastric damage, gastroprotection, Helicobacter pylori, stress, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, vascular endothelial cells, gastric mucosa

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VOLUME: 19
ISSUE: 1
Year: 2013
Page: [90 - 97]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/1381612811306010090

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