Properties of Prostaglandin-Biosynthesizing Enzymes

  • Richard J. Kulmacz
Part of the GWUMC Department of Biochemistry Annual Spring Symposia book series (GWUN)


The biosynthetic conversion of the esterified arachidonate in membrane lipids to the various eicosanoids can be divided into three stages. First, arachidonate must be released from tissue esters as the free acid. It can then react with one of the fatty acid oxygenases (the various lipoxygenases and cyclooxygenase are in this category) to form a hydroperoxy acid. In the third stage, the intermediate hydro-peroxy acid is chemically modified to furnish the leukotrienes, classical prosta-glandins, thromboxanes, and prostacyclin.


Optimal Velocity Prostaglandin Endoperoxide Peroxy Acid Eicosanoid Biosynthesis Vesicular Gland 
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  • Richard J. Kulmacz
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  1. 1.Department of Biological ChemistryUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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