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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

The orally active thia-imino-prostacyclin Hoe 892: antiaggregatory and cardiovascular activities.

The short chemical half-life limits the potential therapeutic value of Prostacyclin (PGI2). Replacement of the acid-labile enolether structure of PGI2 by a beta-thia-imino group resulted in the orally active and chemically stable analogue Hoe 892. Incubation of rabbit platelet rich plasma with PGI2 and Hoe 892 caused a dose dependent inhibition of collagen and arachidonic acid (AA) induced platelet aggregation with ID50 of 4.2 and 20.1 ng/ml for PGI2 respectively 43.3 and 170.2 ng/ml for Hoe 892. These effects could be potentiated by the phosphodiesterase inhibitor theophylline. Single oral administration of Hoe 892 in conscious rabbits inhibited platelet aggregation for more than 3 hrs with an ID50 of 0.2 mg/kg using collagen and 1.5 mg/kg using AA. These doses were without influence on systemic blood pressure (BP) in conscious rabbits. Intravenous injection of Hoe 892 induced a dose dependent decrease of systemic BP in anesthetized rats (ED25 of 2.2 micrograms/kg) and in the rats with acute renal hypertension. Hoe 892 stimulated renin release in anesthetized rats. The hemodynamic profile in anesthetized dogs (0.5 micrograms/kg/min i.v.) was characterized by a decrease of systemic BP, left ventricular pressure, pulmonary artery pressure, total peripheral resistance and in increase in heart rate, cardiac output and dp/dt max, thus demonstrating arteriolar vasodilation. In conscious dogs with two kidney, two wrapped hypertension oral treatment for 1 or 5 days resulted in a marked reduction of BP.[1]


  1. The orally active thia-imino-prostacyclin Hoe 892: antiaggregatory and cardiovascular activities. Schölkens, B.A., Gehring, D., Jung, W. Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and medicine. (1983) [Pubmed]
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