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EFFECT OF ACUPUNCTURE ON NITRIC OXIDE SYNTHASE EXPRESSION IN CEREBRAL CORTEX OF STREPTOZOTOCIN-INDUCED DIABETIC RATS

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Effect of acupuncture on the expressions of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and neuronal NOS (nNOS) in the cerebral cortex of streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats was investigated. Animals were divided into four groups; the control group, the nondiabetic and acupunctured group, the STZ-induced-diabetes group, and the STZ-induced diabetic and acupunctured group. To produce the diabetic animal model, a single intraperitoneal injection of STZ (50 mg/kg) was given to each animal; animals of the nondiabetic groups received equivalent amounts of normal saline, also via intraperitoneal injection. From the results, acupuncture was shown to increase the numbers of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate-diaphorase-positive and nNOS-positive neurons in STZ-induced diabetic rats. From the present study, it may be suggested that acupuncture modulates NOS and nNOS expressions in the cerebral cortex under diabetic conditions.
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Keywords: Acupuncture; Cerebral cortex; Diabetes; Neuronal nitric oxide synthase; Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate-diaphorase; Streptozotocin

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Dept. of Physiology, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea 2: Dept. of Sports and Leisure Studies, Hannam University, Daejeon, Korea 3: Dept. of Meridianology, College of Oriental Medicine, Semyung University, Chungbuk, Korea

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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