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Graham Pidgeon



thrombosis prostaglandins thromboxane a2 receptor cell survival rats sprague dawley hypoxia hypertension pulmonary beta cell

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Abstract Background? Pulmonary hypertension induced by chronic hypoxia is characterized by thickening of pulmonary artery walls, elevated pulmonary vascular resistance, and right-heart failure. Prostacyclin analogues reduce pulmonary pressures in this condition; raising the possibility that cycloxygenase-2 (COX-2) modulates the response of the pulmonary vasculature to hypoxia. Methods and Results? Sprague-Dawley rats in which pulmonary hypertension was induced by hypobaric hypoxia for 14 days were treated concurrently with the selective COX-2 inhibitor SC236 or vehicle. Mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) was elevated after hypoxia (28.1?3.2 versus 17.2?3.1 mm Hg; n=8, P<0.01), with thickening of small pulmonary arteries and increased COX-2 expression and prostacyclin formation. Selective inhibition of COX-2 aggravated the increase in mPAP (42.8?5.9 mm Hg; n=8, P<0.05), an effect that was attenuated by the thromboxane (TX) A2/prostaglandin endoperoxide receptor antagonist ifetroban. Urinary TXB2 increased during hypoxia (5.9?0.9 versus 1.2?0.2 ng/mg creatinine; n=6, P<0.01) and was further increased by COX-2 inhibition (8.5?0.7 ng/mg creatinine; n=6, P< 0.05). In contrast, urinary excretion of the prostacyclin metabolite 6-ketoprostaglandin F1{alpha} decreased with COX-2 inhibition (8.6?3.0 versus 27.0?4.8 ng/mg creatinine; n=6, P< 0.05). Platelet activation was enhanced after chronic hypoxia. COX-2 inhibition further reduced the PFA-100 closure time and enhanced platelet deposition in the smaller pulmonary arteries, effects that were attenuated by ifetroban. Mice with targeted disruption of the COX-2 gene exposed to chronic hypoxia had exacerbated right ventricular end-systolic pressure, whereas targeted disruption of COX-1 had no effect. Conclusions? COX-2 expression is increased and regulates platelet activity and intravascular thrombosis in hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension.
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