Objective: To investigate the hypothesis that increased formation of reactive nitrogen species may contribute to the vascular pathology that develops in patients with connective tissue disease such as scleroderma.
Patients and methods: The level of protein-bound nitrotyrosine in plasma was measured by stable isotope dilution gas chromatography/negative ion chemical ionisation mass spectrometry in 11 patients with primary Raynaud’s phenomenon, 37 with scleroderma, 13 with chronic renal impairment, and in 23 healthy controls.
Results: Plasma protein-bound nitrotyrosine was markedly decreased in patients with primary Raynaud’s phenomenon (mean (SEM) 0.60 (0.06) ng/mg dry protein) compared with patients with scleroderma (1.78 (0.21) ng/mg protein), chronic renal impairment (1.42 (0.17) ng/mg protein) or healthy controls (1.63±0.15 ng/mg protein, ANOVA p<0.001).
Conclusion: These data suggest that there is decreased nitration of plasma proteins, or increased degradation of nitrated proteins from the circulation of patients with primary but not secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon.
- nitric oxide
- primary Raynaud’s phenomenon
- reactive nitrogen species
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Published Online First 24 November 2006
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