Studies of Renal Eicosanoid Synthesis In Vivo and In Vitro

  • Giovanni Ciabattoni
  • Francesco Pugliese
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 259)


The kidney is a rich source of cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase enzymes which catalyze the conversion of arachidonic acid to prostaglandins (PGs), thromboxane (Tx) and leukotrienes. These eicosanoids are autacoids which have been shown to have biologic actions in vitro and in vivo. Although the biochemical analysis of renal eicosanoids in vitro has been easily accomplished, their identification and quantification in vivo have been shown to be more complex. The present chapter describes some analytic methodologies for the study of the renal eicosanoid system, both in vitro and in vivo. In vitro studies of eicosanoid synthesis by glomerular cells in response to injury will be addressed. In vivo measurement of primary (unmetabolized) PGs and Tx in humans and clinical conditions and pharmacological evidence in favor of a renal origin of the urinary PGI2 breakdown product, i.e., 6-keto-PGF and TxB2, will be discussed.


Mesangial Cell Urinary Excretion Rate Eicosanoid Synthesis Renal Origin Sulindac Sulfide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Ciabattoni
    • 1
    • 2
  • Francesco Pugliese
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyCatholic University School of MedicineRomeItaly
  2. 2.II Clinica MedicaCattedra di Nefrologia Rome University “La Sapienza,”RomeItaly

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