The cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase pathways of the arachidonate cascade are investigated in vitro in the mesenteric arteries and in the platelets of Wistar normotensive and Okamoto spontaneously hypertensive (SH) rats, using 1-14C arachidonic acid as substrate. The arachidonate cascade in the mesenteric arteries of both Wistar and Okamoto rats showed a sexual dependence. The lipoxygenase dominance in the mesenteric arteries increased almost in parallel with the blood pressure in female SH rats. The activities of cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase were 4-12 times higher in female animals than in males. The lipoxygenase pathway dominated the arachidonate cascade in the platelets of both normotensive and hypertensive rats. The lipoxygenase pathway was more active in the platelets of SH animals than in the controls. Both in the mesenteric arteries and in the platelets, the arachidonate cascade might play some role in the pathogenesis of hypertension.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Agents and actions. Supplements|
|Publication status||Published - 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)