The present study evaluated the regional release of cyclooxygenase products 4 h following 20 Gy gamma irradiation. Thoracic shielding reduced the radiation-induced increase in immunoreactive thromboxane B2 (iTxB2) excretion to control levels while abdominal shielding partially attenuated the altered excretion of this cyclooxygenase product. To assess the role the kidneys play in the radiation-induced increase in iTxB2 excretion, an in situ isolated perfused rat kidney model was developed. The excretion rate of iTxB2 from irradiated isolated perfused kidneys was not significantly different from sham-irradiated perfused kidneys. Radiation exposure did alter renal cyclooxygenase product release in that the excretion of immunoreactive prostaglandin E2 (iPG2) and immunoreactive 6-keto-PGF1 alpha was significantly increased (P less than 0.05) in irradiated isolated perfused kidneys. These data show that radiation-induced increases in iTxB2 excretion are primarily due to altered extrarenal synthesis and/or metabolism of this arachidonate metabolite.
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