An anti-inflammatory protein secreted from the rat seminal vesicle epithelium inhibits the synthesis of platelet-activating factor and the release of arachidonic acid and prostacyclin

G. Camussi, C. Tetta, F. Bussolino, S. Metafora, G. Peluso, C. Esposito, R. Porta

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Platelet-activating factor (PAF), a 1-O-alkyl-2-acetyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, is a mediator of inflammation and endotoxic shock produced by a variety of stimulated cells. Since the main biosynthetic pathway of PAF involves acetylation of 1-O-alkyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (lyso-PAF) generated from 1-O-alkyl-2-acyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine by phospholipase A2, we suggest a general physiological role played by steroid-induced anti-(phospholipase A2) proteins in the modulation of PAF synthesis. The results of the present study support this hypothesis since an androgen-induced anti-inflammatory protein, SV-IV, secreted from rat seminal vesicles, inhibits PAF synthesis in stimulated polymorphonuclear neutrophils, macrophages and endothelial cells. SV-IV impairs PAF synthesis by inhibiting the activation of phospholipase A2, that also results in the inhibition of arachidonic acid and prostacyclin release, and of acetyl-CoA:lyso-PAF acetyltransferase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-485
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Biochemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990


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  • Biochemistry

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