Receptors for thromboxane and prostaglandins

  • R. L. Jones
  • N. H. Wilson
  • R. A. Armstrong
  • Y. J. Dong


The elucidation of the structures of thomboxane A2 and prostaglandin D2, E2, F2a and I2, all products of the cyclic endoperoxides PGG2/PGH2, was accompanied by the demonstration of a distinctive biological profile for each compound. Stimulant or inhibitory activity was often observed at nanomolar concentrations. To the pharmacologist these findings indicate the probable existence of separate cellular receptors. This manuscript describes attempts by ourselves and other research groups to substantiate this hypothesis by obtaining data from four experimental strategies; ranking of agonist potencies, the use of specific antagonists, desensitisation of receptor systems, and ligand binding measurements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. L. Jones
    • 1
  • N. H. Wilson
    • 1
  • R. A. Armstrong
    • 1
  • Y. J. Dong
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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