PGE 2 production is suppressed by chemically-synthesized δ7-eicosatrienoic acid in macrophages through the competitive inhibition of COX-2

Wen Cheng Huang, Po Jung Tsai, Yu Lung Huang, Sung Nien Chen, Lu Te Chuang

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δ7-Eicosatrienoic acid (δ7-ETrA; δ7,11,14-20:3), an elongation metabolite of pinolenic acid (PNA; δ5,9,12-18:3), is a rare polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) originally from pine seeds. Incorporation of PNA and δ7-ETrA into murine macrophages inhibited lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated prostaglandin E 2 (PGE 2 ) production. Due to the lack of availability of the naturally-occurring fatty acid, we synthesized δ7-ETrA and demonstrated it was capable of suppressing PGE 2 production. Using laboratory synthetic techniques involving 2-carbon elongation and argentated column chromatography, δ7-ETrA was synthesized and isolated. Its identity and purity (>98%) were confirmed by gas chromatography (GC)/GC-mass spectroscopy. Incubation of murine RAW264.7 cells or rat primary peritoneal macrophages with δ7-ETrA reduced PGE 2 production by up to 84%, but slightly down-regulated type-2 cyclooxygenase (COX-2) expression. δ7-ETrA blocked nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) translocation into nucleus and inactivated mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK), however, these results might not directly account for its inhibitory effect. Furthermore, PGE 2 production reduced by δ7-ETrA was highly correlated with the extent of δ7-ETrA incorporation into cellular phospholipids and appeared to be the result of competition between this unusual fatty acid and arachidonic acid (AA) for COX-2. In conclusion, δ7-ETrA incorporation suppresses PGE 2 production by macrophages through competition between δ7-ETrA and AA for COX-2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-133
Number of pages12
JournalFood and Chemical Toxicology
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr 1



  • δ7-Eicosatrienoic acid (δ7-ETrA)
  • Arachidonic acid (AA)
  • Macrophage
  • Prostaglandin E (PGE )
  • Type-2 cyclooxygenase (COX-2)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Toxicology

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