BACKGROUND: To test whether the differentiating embryo is susceptible to the teratogenic effects of the nitric oxide (NO) synthesis inhibitor NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME). METHODS: ICR-(CD-1) mice received a single intraperitoneal injection of L-NAME at 90, 150, or 300 mg/kg on Gestation Day (GD) 8 or 9. Controls were treated with vehicle on GD 8 and 9. Teratological assessments were carried out near term (GD 18). RESULTS: Maternal treatment with a single dose of L-NAME at 150 or 300 mg/kg on either GD 8 or 9 produced axial skeletal defects in the ICR (CD-1) mouse fetuses. Other treatment-related effects included increased embryo lethality and fetal growth restriction. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides evidence that in utero exposure to L-NAME can affect organogenesis of the axial skeleton.

Production of axial skeletal malformations with the nitric oxide synthesis inhibitor NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) in the mouse.

TIBONI, Gian Mario;
2007

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BACKGROUND: To test whether the differentiating embryo is susceptible to the teratogenic effects of the nitric oxide (NO) synthesis inhibitor NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME). METHODS: ICR-(CD-1) mice received a single intraperitoneal injection of L-NAME at 90, 150, or 300 mg/kg on Gestation Day (GD) 8 or 9. Controls were treated with vehicle on GD 8 and 9. Teratological assessments were carried out near term (GD 18). RESULTS: Maternal treatment with a single dose of L-NAME at 150 or 300 mg/kg on either GD 8 or 9 produced axial skeletal defects in the ICR (CD-1) mouse fetuses. Other treatment-related effects included increased embryo lethality and fetal growth restriction. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides evidence that in utero exposure to L-NAME can affect organogenesis of the axial skeleton.
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