Prostacyclin and thromboxane biosynthesis in mild essential hypertension

P. Minuz, S. E. Barrow, J. R. Cockcroft, J. M. Ritter*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

38 Citations (Scopus)


The possibility that prostacyclin or thromboxane biosynthesis is abnormal in patients with established mild essential hypertension was investigated in 46 patients. These eicosanoids have opposing effects both on vascular smooth muscle and on platelets. An imbalance in their biosynthesis could therefore influence both vascular tone and predisposition to thrombosis. We studied the relation between blood pressure and the biosynthesis of prostacyclin and thromboxane A2 by measuring urinary excretion rates of stable breakdown products of prostacyclin (6-oxo-prostaglandin F(1α) and 2,3-dinor-6-oxo-prostaglandin F(1α)) and of thromboxane A2 (thromboxane B2 and 2,3-dinor-thromboxane B2) using immunoaffinity chromatography and gas chromatography/electron capture mass spectrometry. Excretion rates of both of the prostacyclin-derived products ranged from less than 5 to more than 100 ng/g creatinine; each was significantly negatively correlated with blood pressure (r = 0.36-0.45). A reduction of 2,3-dinor-6-oxo-prostaglandin F(1α) excretion of 100 ng/g creatinine was associated with an increase in arterial pressure of 14 mm Hg (systolic) and 8 mm Hg (diastolic) in patients who had been without antihypertensive medication for 2 weeks. The same reduction in 6-oxo-prostaglandin F(1α) excretion was associated with an increased pressure of 19 mm Hg (systolic) and 12 mm Hg (diastolic) (2p < 0.05 for diastolic pressure and 2p < 0.01 for systolic pressure in each case). There were similar correlations between the excretion rates of these products and blood pressure in the same patients while they were receiving antihypertensive therapy. In contrast, excretion rates of thromboxane B2 and 2,3-dinor-thromboxane B2 were not significantly correlated with blood pressure. We conclude that prostacyclin biosynthesis is selectively impaired in mild essential hypertension. This could contribute to the raised peripheral resistance and increased incidence of thrombosis that are characteristic of essential hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-474
Number of pages6
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1990


  • essential hypertension
  • prostacyclin
  • thromboxane


Dive into the research topics of 'Prostacyclin and thromboxane biosynthesis in mild essential hypertension'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this