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Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2007 Oct-Nov;77(3-4):209-15. Epub 2007 Nov 7.

Biological role of hepoxilins: upregulation of phospholipid hydroperoxide glutathione peroxidase as a cellular response to oxidative stress?

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  • 1Centre for Experimental Gynecology & Breast Research and Eicosanoid Research Division, Charité - Campus University Medical Centre Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, D-12200 Berlin, German.


The 12S-lipoxygenase (12S-LOX) pathway of arachidonic acid (AA) metabolism is bifurcated at 12(S)-hydroperoxy-5Z,8Z,10E (12S-HpETE) in the reduction route to form 12S-hydroxy-eicosatetraenoic acid (12S-HETE) and in 8(S/R)-hydroxy-11(S),12S-trans-epoxyeicosa-5Z,9E,14Z-trienoic acid (HXA3) synthase pathway, previously known as isomerization route, to form hepoxilins. Earlier we showed that the HXA3 formation is restricted to cellular systems devoid of hydroperoxide reducing enzymes, e.g. GPxs, thus causing a persistent oxidative stress situation. Here, we show that HXA3 at as low as 100 nM concentration upregulates phospholipid hydroperoxide glutathione peroxidase (PHGPx) mRNA and protein expressions, whereas other metabolites of AA metabolism 12S-HpETE and 12S-HETE failed to stimulate the PHGPx. Moreover, the decrease in 12S-HpETE below a threshold value of the hydroperoxide tone causes both suppression of the overall 12S-LOX activity and a shift from HXA3 formation towards 12S-HETE formation. We therefore propose that under persistent oxidative stress the formation of HXA3 and the HXA3-induced upregulation of PHGPx constitute a compensatory defense response to protect the vitality and functionality of the cell.

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