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Metabolism of the endocannabinoids, 2-arachidonylglycerol and anandamide, into prostaglandin, thromboxane, and prostacyclin glycerol esters and ethanolamides.

Cyclooxygenase-2 ( COX-2) action on the endocannabinoids, 2-arachidonylglycerol (2-AG) and anandamide (AEA), generates prostaglandin glycerol esters (PG-G) and ethanolamides (PG-EA), respectively. The diversity of PG-Gs and PG-EAs that can be formed enzymatically following COX-2 oxygenation of endocannabinoids was examined in cellular and subcellular systems. In cellular systems, glycerol esters and ethanolamides of PGE(2), PGD(2), and PGF(2alpha) were major products of the endocannabinoid-derived COX-2 products, PGH(2)-G and PGH(2)-EA. The sequential action of purified COX-2 and thromboxane synthase on AEA and 2-AG provided thromboxane A(2) ethanolamide and glycerol ester, respectively. Similarly, bovine prostacyclin synthase catalyzed the isomerization of the intermediate endoperoxides, PGH(2)-G and PGH(2)-EA, to the corresponding prostacyclin derivatives. Quantification of the efficiency of prostaglandin and thromboxane synthase-directed endoperoxide isomerization demonstrated that PGE, PGD, and PGI synthases catalyze the isomerization of PGH(2)-G at rates approaching those observed with PGH(2). In contrast, thromboxane synthase was far more efficient at catalyzing PGH(2) isomerization than at catalyzing the isomerization of PGH(2)-G. These results define the in vitro diversity of endocannabinoid-derived prostanoids and will permit focused investigations into their production and potential biological actions in vivo.[1]

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  1. Metabolism of the endocannabinoids, 2-arachidonylglycerol and anandamide, into prostaglandin, thromboxane, and prostacyclin glycerol esters and ethanolamides. Kozak, K.R., Crews, B.C., Morrow, J.D., Wang, L.H., Ma, Y.H., Weinander, R., Jakobsson, P.J., Marnett, L.J. J. Biol. Chem. (2002) [Pubmed]
 
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