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re- Braindamage due to lack of oxygen

F. Frank LeFever flefever at ix.netcom.com
Tue Apr 13 19:29:27 EST 1999


You give me more credit than I deserve.  Really had in mind only the
vague (false?) memory of having seen N2O effects discussed in terms of
possible NO activity, and implicitly I thought in terms of NO
derivation from N20, which Alan quite convincingly argues against.

However, an effect mediated by controls on NOS activity would be
interesting, now that you mention it!

F. LeFever

In <ez0TYfVh#GA.307 at upnetnews03> "Chuck Kristensen"
<CKristensen at email.msn.com> writes: 
>Dr. Alan Wheatley wrote in message ...
>>What Frank is suggesting seems unlikely.
>>N2O + H2O Π2NO + 2H+      deltaE = - 1.59 V, deltaG = + 307 kJ/mol
>>To convert nitrous oxide to nitric oxide, it would have to be coupled
>>a reaction that could provide more than 307 kJ/mol of free energy. 
>>would also involve breaking the strong N-N bond; nitrous oxide is
>>relatively unreactive and, when it reacts, the N-O bond is the more
>>to break with consequent oxidising properties.  I know that enzymes
can do
>>marvellous things but there are limits.  If Frank really did see this
>>article, the mode of action of N2O that it postulated should not be
>>accepted without really convincing experimental evidence in its
>Is this what Frank was talking about? I thought he was refering to a
>possible effects (feedback or otherwise) of N2O on normal synthesis
>for NO.

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