Leukotriene A4 Hydrolase and Leukotriene C4 Synthase

  • Agnes Rinaldo-Matthis
  • Jesper Z. HaeggströmEmail author
Part of the Progress in Inflammation Research book series (PIR)


Leukotrienes are potent proinflammatory and immune modulating lipid mediators synthesized along the 5-lipoxygenase pathway of arachidonic acid metabolism. Leukotriene B4 is one of the most potent chemotactic agents known while leukotriene C4, D4, and E4 are a powerful smooth muscle contracting agents, particularly in the respiratory tract and microcirculation. The committed steps in the biosynthesis of leukotriene B4 and C4 are catalyzed by the key enzymes leukotriene A 4 hydrolase and leukotriene C 4 synthase, respectively. In this chapter we discuss the most recent advances in the understanding of these two enzymes at a structural, functional, and biological level.


Leukotriene A4 hydrolase Leukotriene C4 synthase MAPEG protein family Glutathione Inflammation Crystal structure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical Biochemistry and BiophysicsKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden

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