Blood Vessels. 1990;27(2-5):282-94. doi: 10.1159/000158820.


Molsidomine is an established drug for the treatment of coronary heart disease. It acts via the metabolite SIN-1 through liberation of NO. Experiments have proven the identity of NO and EDRF. Investigation of the molecular mechanism of action of molsidomine/SIN-1 indicate that molecular oxygen initiates NO formation through a one-electron abstraction from the intermediate. Ex vivo experiments in rats and in vitro studies in human coronary arteries showed that marked tolerance is induced with glyceryl trinitrate, whereas prolonged exposure to SIN-1 does not cause tolerance. Responsiveness to SIN-1 is not modified in nitrate-tolerant human arteries. Stimulation of soluble guanylate cyclase underlies the antiaggregatory actions of EDRF. Likewise SIN-1 inhibits platelet aggregation in various models. In dogs and pigs with critical stenosis molsidomine reduced significantly the frequency and the severity of cyclical reductions of coronary blood flow.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Coronary Circulation
  • Coronary Disease / drug therapy*
  • Drug Tolerance
  • Humans
  • Molsidomine / pharmacology*
  • Nitric Oxide / metabolism
  • Nitric Oxide / pharmacology
  • Platelet Aggregation / drug effects*
  • Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors / pharmacology*
  • Vasodilator Agents / pharmacology*


  • Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors
  • Vasodilator Agents
  • Nitric Oxide
  • Molsidomine