Research Article

Production of 6-oxo-prostaglandin F1 alpha and prostaglandin E2 by isolated glomeruli from normal and diabetic rats.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 284 doi: (Published 24 April 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;284:1215
  1. S P Rogers,
  2. R G Larkins


    Production of 6-oxo-prostaglandin F1 alpha (6-oxo-PGF1 alpha) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) was measured by radioimmunoassay in supernatants of isolated glomeruli from rats with streptozocin-induced diabetes and non-diabetic rats. Production of 6-oxo-PGF1 alpha by discs of aortas from these rats was measured at the same time. As shown before, aortic discs from diabetic rats produced significantly less 6-oxo-PGF1 alpha than aortic discs from non-diabetic rats (diabetic 1.99 +/- SEM 0.27 ng v non-diabetic 2.92 +/- 0.46 ng/mg net weight aorta; p less than 0.05). In contrast production of 6-oxo-PGF1 alpha by isolated glomeruli was not reduced in the diabetic rats (diabetic 77 +/- 7 pg v non-diabetic 70 +/- 8 pg/micrograms glomerular DNA). Similarly production of PGE2 was not diminished in the diabetic glomeruli (diabetic 1.20 +/- 0.15 ng v non-diabetic 0.91 +/- 0.12 ng/microgram glomerular DNA). It is concluded that regional differences in production of prostacyclin and 6-oxo-PGF1 alpha occur in experimental diabetes. Diminished prostacyclin production may contribute to the increased susceptibility of diabetic patients to atherosclerosis but is less likely to have a role in the pathogenesis of microangiopathy.