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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1972 Dec 8;280(4):602-13.

Interaction of prostaglandins with blood plasma proteins. I. Binding of prostaglandin E 2 to human plasma proteins and its effect on the physiological activity of prostaglandin E 2 in vitro and in vivo.



The binding of (PGE2) prostaglandin E2 to human plasma proteins was investigated by DEAE-Sephadex column chromatography and acrylamide gel electrophoresis, and quantitatively assessed by equilibrium dialysis. PGE2 added to human plasma in vitro was found to become mainly bound to plasma albumin. This binding was also demonstrated by adding PGE2 to human serum albumin solutions. The binding of PGE2 to human serum albumin inhibits the contraction-producing effect of PGE2 on the isolated gerbil colon in vitro. The depressor effect of PGE2 on the rat blood pressure was used to assess the in vivo effect of PGE2 albumin interaction. The blood pressure lowering activities of free and albumin-bound PGE2 were found to be the same when administered either intravenously or intraarterially. The significance of these observations with regard to estimation of PG concentration in whole blood or plasma, and their possible effects on PG metabolism is discussed.

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