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Nitric Oxide in Medicine

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Over two decades ago, nitric oxide (NO) assumed an importatant role in biochemistry and pharmacology. What is its role in modern medicine? I have attached a journal article that I would basically like translated into laymans terms. This article is what I am using to base my answer off of. I would like a minimum 300 word response.

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It is important to understand the role of NO in various biological processes in the human body before I could explain the role of NO in modern medicine. NO is a gaseous signaling molecule which is endogenously synthesized from arginine and oxygen by nitric oxide synthase (NOS) enzymes and by reduction of inorganic nitrate. The inner lining of the blood vessels, endothelium, uses NO signals to smooth muscle to relax in order to increase blood flow. Due to the nature of the molecule NO diffuses readily across the membranes and ...

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This solution helps with a problem about using nitric oxide in medicine. The explanation is given in 335 words.

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