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J Surg Res. 1986 Dec;41(6):645-52.

The effect of enkephalins and prostaglandins on O-2 release by neutrophils.


Derivatives of superoxide (O-2), produced by phagocytic cells, are thought to play a role in the adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and other disease states. Control of the release of O-2 may prove beneficial. Using human neutrophils as a source of O-2, and an assay for O-2 based upon the reduction of cytochrome C, we found that prostaglandin D2 (PGD2), leucine enkephalin (LE), and methionine enkephalin (ME) inhibited O-2 release. The Escherichia coli product, N-formyl methionyl leucyl phenylalanine (FMLP), was employed to stimulate O-2 release. PGD2 was most potent while there was no significant difference between LE and ME. Another peptide, thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH), had no effect on O-2 release. There was no correlation between the potency of the inhibitory effect on O-2 release and the effect of these agents on the binding of [3H] FMLP to human neutrophils. Comparison of different but structurally related prostaglandins (PGD2, PGE2, and PGF2 alpha) revealed that PGD2 was more potent than PGE2 in inhibiting O-2 and that PGF2 alpha had no effect. This result suggested that the presence and position of the carbonyl group was an important determinant of the magnitude of inhibition.

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