Thromboxane B2, 6-keto-prostaglandin F1 alpha, and prostaglandin F2 alpha production by contracting pregnant rate uteri in vitro

Biology of Reproduction
N H DubinP G Egner


While prostaglandin production by uterine tissue has been shown to be involved in the contractile mechanism of this tissue, less attention has focused upon the involvement of other prostanoids. We have simultaneously measured in vitro isometric contractility of pregnant rat uteri with the release of prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF), 6-keto-prostaglandin F1 alpha (6-k-PGF1 alpha) and thromboxane B2 (TXB2) into the bathing medium under various conditions. Frequency of uterine contractions and integrated contractile force (ICF) increased from 15 days of gestation and peaked at the time of parturition. Activity was generally greatest during the first 15 min of incubation except during parturition and on Day 1 postpartum when the uterine segment remained active for 1 h experimental period. Indomethacin (INDO) significantly reduced contractile activity regardless of gestational stage. PGF, TXB2, and 6-k-PGF1 alpha increased with gestational age, peaking at the time of parturition. Production was greatest during the first 15 min of incubation and INDO inhibited production of each prostanoid regardless of gestational stage. Imidazole (100 micrograms/ml) inhibited TXB2 production without affecting PGF or 6-k-PGF1 alpha levels. Frequency of ...Continue Reading

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