A nonradioactive assay for nitric oxide synthase activity in tissue extracts.
Sutherland H., Zolle O., Khundkar R., Simpson AWM., Jarvis JC., Salmons S.
We describe a fluorescence assay for nitric oxide synthase activity based on a new indicator, 4,5-diaminofluorescein (DAF-2). The method offers the advantage of being safer and more convenient than the citrulline radioassay in common use. The rapid and irreversible binding of DAF-2 to oxidized nitric oxide (NO) enables NO production to be measured in real time. The protocol is applied to the measurement of nitric oxide synthase in crude extracts of skeletal muscle.