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Prostaglandins Proteins

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Prostaglandins Proteins Background

What is prostaglandin?

It is a type of unsaturated fatty acid with physiological activity. It is widely distributed in various tissues and body fluids of the body. It was first extracted from human semen. It can now be prepared by biosynthesis or total synthesis and used as a medicine in clinic. The basic structure of prostaglandin (PG) is prostanoic acid. Natural prostaglandins contain 20 carbon carboxylic acids and hydroxy fatty acids, and their chemical structure and nomenclature are derived from prostanoic acid molecules.

PGE2 regulates the secretion of cytokines by lymphocytes through four different receptors. Figure 1. PGE2 regulates the secretion of cytokines by lymphocytes through four different receptors. (From chemicalbook).

Figure 2. Mechanism of COX2PGE2EP3 regulating vascular smooth muscle cell polarity and migration after vascular injury. (Zhang J, et al. 2013)

Prostaglandins have the following six effects:

(1) Effect on the reproductive system: acting on the neuroendocrine cells of the luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone of the hypothalamus, increasing the release of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone, and then stimulating the secretion of luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone in the anterior pituitary gland, so that testosterone Increased secretion. Prostaglandins can also directly stimulate testicular stromal cells to secrete.

(2) Effect on smooth muscles of blood vessels and bronchial tubes: prostaglandin E and prostaglandin F can relax vascular smooth muscle, thereby reducing peripheral resistance of blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

(3) Effect on the gastrointestinal tract: it can cause smooth muscle contraction, inhibit gastric acid secretion, prevent strong acids, strong bases, anhydrous alcohol, etc. from eroding the gastric mucosa, and have a cell protective effect. It also has a protective effect on the small intestine, colon, pancreas, etc.

(4) Effect on the nervous system: Prostaglandins are widely distributed in the nervous system, which regulates the release and activity of neurotransmitters. It is also believed that prostaglandins themselves have neurotransmitter effects.

(5) Effect on the respiratory system: Prostaglandin E has the effect of relaxing bronchial smooth muscle, while prostaglandin F is the opposite and is a bronchial contraction agent.

(6) Effect on endocrine system: affect the synthesis and release of hormones by affecting the level of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (CAMP) in endocrine cells. Such as promoting the secretion of thyroxine and the synthesis of adrenal cortex hormones. It also reduces the effect of hormones by lowering the CAMP level of target organs.

Prostaglandin E synthetase 3(PTGES3)

PTGES3 is an enzyme that is encoded by PTGES3 in humans. The protein encoded by this gene is also called p23, which acts as a molecular chaperone and is necessary for the proper functioning of glucocorticoids and other steroid receptors. The gene encodes an enzyme that converts prostaglandin-peroxide H2 (PGH2) to prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). The protein can accompany heat shock protein 90 (HSP90), localize to the response element in DNA and destroy the transcriptional activation complex. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants. The gene has multiple pseudogenes on multiple different chromosomes.

 Available structure of PTGES3. Figure 2. Available structure of PTGES3. (From Wikipedia)

Diseases associated with PTGES3 include primary hypertrophic osteoarthritis. Its related pathways include cytochrome P450-arranged by substrate type and arachidonic acid metabolism. Gene ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include unfolded protein binding and prostaglandin E synthase activity. The important paralog of this gene is PTGES3L.

Prostaglandin reductase 1(PTGR1)

PTGR1is a protein coding gene. Related pathways include arachidonic acid metabolism and NRF2 pathway. Gene ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include oxidoreductase activity and 13-prostaglandin reductase activity. The important paralog of this gene is PTGR2. This gene encodes an enzyme involved in the inactivation of the chemokine leukotriene B4. The encoded protein specifically catalyzes the NADP + -dependent conversion of leukotriene B4 to 12-oxo-leukotriene B4. The pseudogene of this gene was found on chromosome 1. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants.

Prostaglandins Proteins Background Figure 3. Ptgr1 expression is regulated by NRF2. (Sánchez-Rodríguez R, et al. 2017)


  1. Zhang J, Zou F, Tang J, et al. Cyclooxygenase-2 derived prostaglandin E2 promotes injury-induced vascular neointimal hyperplasia through the E-prostanoid 3 receptor. Circulation research, 2013, 113(2): 104-114.
  2. Sánchez-Rodríguez R, Torres-Mena J E, Quintanar-Jurado V, et al. Ptgr1 expression is regulated by NRF2 in rat hepatocarcinogenesis and promotes cell proliferation and resistance to oxidative stress. Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2017, 102: 87-99.

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