The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 1998 to Robert F Furchgott, Louis J Ignarro and Ferid Murad for their discoveries concerning “the nitric oxide as a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system”.
|Robert F Furchgott, born 1916
Dept. of Pharmacology,
SUNY Health Science Center
|Louis J Ignarro, born 1941
Dept. of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
UCLA School of Medicine
|Ferid Murad, born 1936
Dept. of Integrative Biology
Pharmacology and Physiology
University of Texas Medical School, Houston
A New Principle
Nitric Oxide, NO, is a short-lived, endogenously produced gas that acts as a signalling molecule in the body. Signal transmission by a gas, produced by one cell, which penetrates membranes and regulates the function of other cells is an entirely new principle for signalling in the human organism.
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