Journal article

Prostaglandins, their intermediates and precursors: cardiovascular actions and regulatory roles in normal and abnormal circulatory systems.

GJ Dusting, S Moncada, JR Vane

Prog Cardiovasc Dis | Published : 1979


The characterization of newly found unstable metabolites of arachidonic acid has provided new perspectives for cardiovascular regulatory mechanisms and new insights into disorders of the circulatory system. Since these intermediates are often more potent on and more specific for cardiovascular structures than the classical prostaglandins, they are more likely candidates as physiologic mediators of circulatory events. Their instability in vitro need not preclude these roles; on the contrary, the limited pharmacology described to date suggests that they function purely as local hormones. As such, changes in the rate of generation of these unstable but potent compounds would provide an excellen..

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