A step in the process of prostacyclin production whose decline leads to the age-related decrease in production by human umbilical vein endothelial cells in culture.

Human umbilical vein endothelial (HUVE) cells were examined at various culture ages for four steps of prostacyclin (PGI2) production ((1) incorporation of exogenous arachidonic acid into the cell membrane, (2) loss of arachidonic acid from the cell membrane to the cytoplasm, (3) conversion of arachidonic acid to PGI2 in the cytoplasm, (4) release of PGI2 to… CONTINUE READING