Leukotrienes

Yet another variant for the metabolism of arachidonic acid is the formation of leukotrienes*, a series of fatty acid derivatives with a conjugated triene functionality, and first isolated from leukocytes. In a representative pathway (others have

co2h

OH PGH2

OH PGH2

co2h

co2h

HO O

hemiacetal

txb2

co2h

co2h

txb2

Figure 3.23

co2h

highly strained acetal ring system is susceptible to nucleophilic attack co2h

h2o:^ o acetal

txa2

co2h h2o:^ o co2h acetal

txa2

co2h

Figure 3.23

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