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Am J Physiol. 1986 Jun;250(6 Pt 2):H1102-8.

Prostaglandins do not mediate arteriolar oxygen reactivity.


The hypothesis that prostaglandins mediate arteriolar O2 reactivity was tested by assessing the effects of cyclooxygenase and phospholipase A2 inhibitors on the O2 responses of arterioles in superfused hamster cheek pouch and hamster and rat cremaster muscle preparations by use of intravital microscopy. Superfusion of these three preparations with the cyclooxygenase inhibitor indomethacin (50 microM) completely inhibited the response of the vessels to exogenous arachidonic acid but had no effect on the arteriolar constriction induced by elevation of superfusion solution PO2 from 15 to 150 mmHg. Similar results were obtained in the hamster cheek pouch with another cyclooxygenase inhibitor, meclofenamate, or when indomethacin (5-50 mg/kg) was administered systemically. Dexamethasone (12.7 microM) and quinacrine (10 microM), two reported inhibitors of phospholipase A2, also had no significant effect on arteriolar O2 reactivity in the cheek pouch. At 50 microM, quinacrine significantly depressed arteriolar reactivity to O2, adenosine, methacholine, and phenylephrine, suggesting nonspecific effects. These data do not support the hypothesis that prostaglandins mediate arteriolar O2 reactivity.

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