The enteropathy of prostaglandin deficiency.

Adler DH, Phillips JA, Cogan JD, Iverson TM, Schnetz-Boutaud N, Stein JA, Brenner DA, Milne GL, Morrow JD, Boutaud O, Oates JA
J Gastroenterol. 2009 44 Suppl 19: 1-7

PMID: 19148786 · PMCID: PMC2799331 · DOI:10.1007/s00535-008-2253-y

BACKGROUND - Small intestinal ulcers are frequent complications of therapy with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). We present here a genetic deficiency of eicosanoid biosynthesis that illuminates the mechanism of NSAID-induced ulcers of the small intestine.

METHODS - Eicosanoids and metabolites were measured by isotope dilution with mass spectrometry. cDNA was obtained by reverse transcription and sequenced following amplification with RT-PCR.

RESULTS - We investigated the cause of chronic recurrent small intestinal ulcers, small bowel perforations, and gastrointestinal blood loss in a 45-year-old man who was not taking any cyclooxygenase inhibitor. Prostaglandin metabolites in urine were significantly depressed. Serum thromboxane B2 (TxB2) production was 4.6% of normal controls (P<0.006), and serum 12-HETE was 1.3% of controls (P<0.005). Optical platelet aggregation with simultaneous monitoring of ATP release demonstrated absent granule secretion in response to ADP and a blunted aggregation response to ADP and collagen, but normal response to arachidonic acid (AA). LTB4 biosynthesis by ionophore-activated leukocytes was only 3% of controls, and urinary LTE4 was undetectable. These findings suggested deficient AA release from membrane phospholipids by cytosolic phospholipase A2-alpha (cPLA2-alpha), which regulates cyclooxygenase- and lipoxygenase-mediated eicosanoid production by catalyzing the release of their substrate, AA. Sequencing of cPLA2-alpha cDNA demonstrated two heterozygous nonsynonymous single-base-pair mutations: Ser111Pro (S111P) and Arg485His (R485H), as well as a known single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), Lys651Arg (K651R).

CONCLUSIONS - Characterization of this cPLA2-alpha deficiency provides support for the importance of prostaglandins in protecting small intestinal integrity and indicates that loss of prostaglandin biosynthesis is sufficient to produce small intestinal ulcers.

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Arachidonic Acid Base Pair Mismatch Base Sequence DNA, Complementary Eicosanoids Group IV Phospholipases A2 Humans Intestinal Diseases Intestine, Small Leukotriene B4 Leukotriene E4 Male Middle Aged Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide Ulcer

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