• Oliver WerzEmail author
  • Olof Rådmark
Part of the Progress in Inflammation Research book series (PIR)


5-Lipoxygenase (5-LO) catalyzes the first two steps in the biosynthesis of leukotrienes (LTs), lipid mediators of inflammation derived from arachidonic acid. The expression of 5-LO is essentially limited to myeloid cells but 5-LO can be expressed also in non-myeloid cancer cells. In contrast to other human LOs, 5-LO enzyme activity is tightly regulated by interacting proteins and several co-factors including Ca2+/Mg2+, ATP, phospholipids, diglycerides, and lipid hydroperoxides. 5-LO product synthesis in intact cells is modulated by phosphorylations at Ser271, Ser523, and Ser663, an elevated oxidative tone, and subcellular redistribution, apparently together with coactosin-like protein, from a soluble compartment to the nuclear membrane where it colocalizes with 5-LO-activating protein.


5-Lipoxygenase Leukotriene Neutrophils FLAP Inflammation Cancer 5-HETE 



Studies in our laboratories were supported by the Swedish Research Council (03X-217), and the DFG (SFB 1127 and FOR 1406).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry, Institute of PharmacyUniversity JenaJenaGermany
  2. 2.Division of Chemistry II, Department of Medical Biochemistry and BiophysicsKarolinska InstitutetSolnaSweden

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