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Drexel researchers looking inside vessels to understand blood's ebb and flow
Date:9/4/2013

cells grown in the lab. While introducing chemical catalysts and inhibitors the team will be able to track in real time- how nitric oxide is produced. Adding this data on location and time factors involved in the production of nitric oxide will give Drexel's model another layer of depth and accuracy.

"In addition to the flow chamber technology, we also have the unique capability for using sensitive microelectrodes to measure nitric oxide in the microcirculation," Buerk said.

One thing that scientists already know about nitric oxide in the body is that the presence of high levels of cholesterol can block its production and thus contribute to the development of vascular disease. Drexel's model, which will be open-source, could help researchers in the field gain greater understanding of vascular function and test hypotheses about the biological pathways leading to the production of nitric oxide.


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