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J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003 Sep;112(3):505-12.

Differential effects of aspirin and misoprostol on 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid generation by leukocytes from aspirin-sensitive asthmatic patients.

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Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Lodz, 251 Pomorska Street, 92-213 Lodz, Poland.



Although the mechanisms of aspirin-induced rhinosinusitis-asthma appear to be related to arachidonic acid abnormalities, only recently has a specific aspirin-triggered enhancement of 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (15-HETE) generation in nasal polyp epithelial cells from aspirin-sensitive patients been demonstrated.


The aim of this study was to assess generation of 15-HETE and other eicosanoids by peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) from aspirin-sensitive and aspirin-tolerant asthmatic patients and modulation of 15-HETE generation by a prostaglandin (PG) E(1) analogue (misoprostol).


Twenty-four aspirin-sensitive patients with asthma-rhinosinusitis and 18 aspirin-tolerant asthmatic patients were studied, and eicosanoids released from PBLs were assessed by means of enzyme immunoassays.


Unstimulated PBLs from aspirin-sensitive and aspirin-tolerant patients generated similar amounts of PGE(2), leukotriene C(4), and 15-HETE, but lipoxin A(4) release was significantly less in aspirin-sensitive patients (300 +/- 70 pg/mL) in comparison with that seen in aspirin-tolerant patients (690 +/- 100 pg/mL, P <.05). Cell incubation with 2, 20, or 200 micromol/L aspirin resulted in a dose-dependent increase in 15-HETE generation (mean change of +85%, +189%, and +284% at each aspirin concentration, respectively) only in aspirin-sensitive asthmatic patients. Naproxen stimulated 15-HETE generation in aspirin-sensitive asthmatic patients, but indomethacin or specific COX-2 inhibitors (NS-398 and celecoxib) did not affect 15-HETE release. A synthetic PGE(1) analogue (misoprostol) inhibited aspirin-induced 15-HETE release but enhanced 15-HETE generation by aspirin in leukocytes from aspirin-tolerant patients. After preincubation with misoprostol, aspirin induced a dose-dependent production of lipoxin A(4) in both groups.


PBLs from patients with aspirin-sensitive rhinosinusitis-asthma might be specifically triggered by aspirin to generate 15-HETE. Metabolism of 15-HETE is differentially regulated by misoprostol in aspirin-tolerant and aspirin-sensitive asthmatic patients.

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