Sheep seminal vesicles microsome powder was used as a source of prostaglandin synthetase in studies on the nature of inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis by indomethacin and aspirin. Irdomethacin inhibition was found to be highly irreversible, although partial recovery of synthetase activity was obtained after extensive dialysis. A major difference was observed between the effects of aspirin and indomethacin on prostaglandin synthetase activity in seminal vesicles slices. Enzyme activity in microsomes prepared from slices incubated with aspirin was markedly inhibited while the activity in microsomes prepared after incubation with indomethacin was not affected. These results suggest that indomethacin may penetrate intracellularly very slowly, or not at all, and raise a question as to whether the inhibition by indomethacin in vivo is mediated via direct inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis.
|Number of pages||16|
|State||Published - Mar 1973|