A number of S-nitrosated compounds derived from 1-thiosugars (glucose, galactose, xylose, maltose, and lactose) have been prepared and characterized. Most of the compounds obtained were unstable either as solids or in solution. However, S-nitroso-1-thio-2,3,4,6-tetra-O-acetylglucopyranose was stable enough to examine as a vasodilator using an isolated rat tail artery model. It also proved effective in human cutaneous vascular smooth muscle relaxation when delivered transdermally.
The scanning Doppler laser imager was purchased with a grant from Tenovus. The Arthritis & Rheumatism Council and the Rollo Trust contributed to the cost of consumables