Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 71, Issue 11, pp 1247–1255 | Cite as

Kinetic mechanism of the bifunctional enzyme prostaglandin-H-synthase. Effect of electron donors on the cyclooxygenase reaction

  • L. A. Tsaplina
  • Yu. O. Karatasso
  • I. S. Filimonov
  • P. V. Vrzheshch


Prostaglandin-H-synthase (PGHS, EC catalyzes the first committed step in biosynthesis of all prostaglandins, thromboxanes, and prostacyclins by converting arachidonic acid to prostaglandin H2 (PGH2). PGHS exhibits two enzymatic activities: cyclooxygenase activity converting arachidonic acid to prostaglandin G2 (PGG2) and peroxidase activity reducing the hydroperoxide PGG2 to the corresponding alcohol, PGH2. Despite the many investigations of the kinetics of PGHS, many features such as the absence of competition and mutual activation between the cyclooxygenase and peroxidase activities cannot be explained in terms of existing schemes. In this work we have studied the influence of different electron donors (N,N,N′,N′-tetramethyl-p-phenylenediamine, L-epinephrine, 2,2′-azinobis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid), potassium ferrocyanide) on the PGHS activities. The proposed scheme describes independent but interconnected cyclooxygenase and peroxidase activities of PGHS. It also explains the experimental data obtained in the present work and known from the literature.

Key words

prostaglandin-H-synthase bifunctional enzyme cyclooxygenase activity kinetic mechanism inhibition naproxen TMPD 



arachidonic acid


2,2′-azinobis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid








prostaglandin G2


prostaglandin H2


protoporphyrin IX


general formula for alcohols


general formula for peroxides




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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. A. Tsaplina
    • 1
    • 3
  • Yu. O. Karatasso
    • 1
    • 2
  • I. S. Filimonov
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. V. Vrzheshch
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Bioengineering and BioinformaticsLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Emanuel Institute of Biochemical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.International Biotechnological CenterLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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