Unformatted text preview: (Opinion) Essay 9: The workers of Alfred Nobel’s dynamite factory who suffered from heart troubles at home noticed that their chest pains were relieved when they were in the factory. The local doctors noticed this and began prescribing nitroglycerine for heart disease. Ferid Murad found that nitroglycerine, amyl nitrate and other nitrogen containing substances that caused vasodilatation, released nitric oxide (NO) which caused the muscles surrounding the blood vessels to relax. (lecture 9) Essay 10: Erythropoietin (EPO) is a peptide hormone produced by the kidnesy and secreted in to the blood stream in response to lowered oxygen levels. it stimulates the bone marrow to make more oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Genetically-engineered human erythropoietin has been developed to help people with chronic kidney disease to fight anemia. However, athletes have begun using EPO to cheat and gain an unfair advantage by increasing their endurance. (lecture 11)...
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- Fall '07
- red blood cells, Genetically-engineered human erythropoietin