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PGI2 and Its Analogs: From Pharmacology to Therapeutic Applications

  • S. Nicosia
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 283)


Prostacyclin (PGI2), biosynthesized in vivo by many tissues and particularly by the vascular endothelium, is endowed with a number of potentially interesting physiological and pharmacological properties (Moncada & Vane, 1979; Oates et al. 1988a, b; Dusting & MacDonald, 1990). Indeed, PGI2 is able to:
  • Inhibit all aspects of platelet activation, inlcuding aggregation, shape change, adhesion, release of procoagulant factors and release from dense bodies and α-granules

  • Dilate arteries, veins, arterioles, while being much less potent on venules

  • “Cytoprotect” not only the gastrointestinal system, but also platelets, neutrophils, liver, myocardium and other tissues

  • Inhibit the activation of polymorphonuclear leukocytes, although at concentrations higher than those active on either platelets or vasculature

  • Favour fibrinolysis

  • Mediate renin release.


Peripheral Vascular Disease Human Platelet Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Hamster Cheek Pouch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Nicosia
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  1. 1.Institute of Pharmacological SciencesUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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