endothelium-derived(redirected from endothelium-derived vasoactive substances)
derived from endothelium.
endothelium-derived vasoactive substances
substances produced by or released from endothelial cells which regulate vascular smooth muscle or other regulatory mechanism; include prostacyclin and other prostanoids, angiotensin, and relaxing or constricting factors.
endothelium-derived constricting factor
vasoconstrictive peptides isolated from vascular endothelial cells which are actively vasoconstrictive; endothelin (ET) is the most active of them.
endothelium-derived relaxing factor
several are known; nitrous oxide is one of the chief mediators, probably derived from l-arginine.