Recirculation of prostacyclin (PGI2) in the dog.
GJ Dusting, S Moncada, JR Vane
Br J Pharmacol | Published : 1978
1 The inactivation of prostacyclin (PGI2) in the circulation of anaesthetized dogs has been studied by the blood-bathed organ bioassay technique. 2 Spiral strips of bovine coronary and rabbit coeliac or mesenteric artery detected concentrations of PGI2 of 2 to 5 ng/ml. These tissues were insensitive to concentrations at least 200 fold higher of 15-oxo-PGI2 and 6-oxo-PGF1alpha. 3 PGI2 assayed on bovine coronary artery, rabbit coeliac artery or rat stomach strip, had a half life in blood of 3.0 +/- 0.3 min, indicating non-enzymatic degradation. 4 No disappearance could be detected by bovine coronary artery when PGI2 was infused across the lungs (0.1 to 0.5 microgram kg-1 min-1). However, PGI2 ..View full abstract