June 2013
Volume 54, Issue 15
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   June 2013
Effects of diverse Nitric Oxide donation on ocular hemodynamic and intraocular pressure in normotensive rabbits
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Elena Bastia
    Nicox Research Institute, Bresso, Milan, Italy
  • Francesco Impagnatiello
    Nicox Research Institute, Bresso, Milan, Italy
  • Daniela Miglietta
    Nicox Research Institute, Bresso, Milan, Italy
  • Barbara Giambene
    Eye Clinic, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
  • Emanuela Masini
    Preclinical and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
  • Nicoletta Almirante
    Nicox Research Institute, Bresso, Milan, Italy
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    Commercial Relationships Elena Bastia, Nicox Research Institute (E); Francesco Impagnatiello, Nicox Research Institute (C); Daniela Miglietta, Nicox Research Institute (E); Barbara Giambene, None; Emanuela Masini, Nicox Research Institute (F); Nicoletta Almirante, Nicox Research Institute (E)
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science June 2013, Vol.54, 4450. doi:
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      Elena Bastia, Francesco Impagnatiello, Daniela Miglietta, Barbara Giambene, Emanuela Masini, Nicoletta Almirante; Effects of diverse Nitric Oxide donation on ocular hemodynamic and intraocular pressure in normotensive rabbits. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2013;54(15):4450.

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Purpose: There is evidence that nitric oxide (NO) is involved in the regulation of intraocular pressure (IOP) and ocular hemodynamics. We previously reported that NO donation incorporated into IOP lowering agents enhances IOP lowering activity and improves ocular perfusion of parent compounds. In an attempt to correlate IOP lowering properties with functional NO potency, we studied the effects on IOP and ocular hemodynamic of novel NO donors characterized by increasing NO donating capacity.

Methods: New Zealand White (NZW) rabbits were used. Novel NO donating compounds diversifying for one nitrate group (NCX 583) or two nitrate groups in vicinal (NCX 548) and distal (NCX 604) relationships were investigated. Isosorbide-5-mononitrate (ISMN) was used for comparison. The compounds were characterized with respect to their functional vascular effects as well as IOP lowering following topical dosing. NO-mediated vasorelaxant activity was tested in isolated norepinephrine (NE)-precontracted rabbit aortic rings. IOP was measured using a pneumatonomer prior to drug dosing and at 30, 60, 120, 180, 240 and 360 min thereafter. Ophthalmic artery hemodynamic was studied using Color Doppler Imaging.

Results: Likewise ISMN (EC50=9.6±2.9µM) NCX 583, NCX 548 and NCX 604 showed vasorelaxant activity with an estimated potency of 2.5±0.6, 0.12±0.04 and 3.1±0.9 µM, respectively, thus indicating different NO release depending on the chemical nature of the compounds. NCX 583 (1%) and NCX 604 (1%) lowered IOP to similar extent as ISMN (1%) reaching 10% reduction of IOP from basal value within 30-60 min post dosing. In contrast, the vicinal dinitrate derivative, NCX 548 (1%) was the most active reaching a maximum of 25% reduction of IOP compared to vehicle. Similarly, compounds also lowered the resistivity index of the ophthalmic artery.

Conclusions: Data show that NO donation leads to IOP lowering and enhanced ocular perfusion. The magnitude of the effect appears to depend on the functional potency of the NO donors. Overall modulation of NO is a target of interest for the development of innovative IOP lowering agents

Keywords: 617 nitric oxide • 436 blood supply • 568 intraocular pressure  

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