Inflammation and immune regulation by 12/15-lipoxygenases

Prog Lipid Res. 2006 Jul;45(4):334-56. doi: 10.1016/j.plipres.2006.02.003. Epub 2006 Mar 31.


12/15-Lipoxygenases (12/15-LOX) are members of the LOX family, which are expressed in mammals by monocytes and macrophages following induction by the T helper type 2 cytokines, interleukins-4 and -13. They oxygenate free polyenoic fatty acids but also ester lipids and even complex lipid-protein assemblies such as biomembranes and lipoproteins. The primary oxidation products are either reduced by glutathione peroxidases to corresponding hydroxy derivatives or metabolized into secondary oxidized lipids including leukotrienes, lipoxins and hepoxilins, which act as lipid mediators. Examination of knockout and transgenic animals revealed important roles for 12/15-LOX in inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis, cancer, osteoporosis, angiotension II-dependent hypertension and diabetes. In vitro studies suggested 12/15-LOX products as coactivators of peroxisomal proliferator activating-receptors (PPAR), regulators of cytokine generation, and modulators of gene expression related to inflammation resolution. Despite much work in this area, the biochemical mechanisms by which 12/15-LOX regulates physiological and pathological immune cell function are not fully understood. This review will summarize the biochemistry and tissue expression of 12/15-LOX and will describe the current knowledge regarding its immunobiology and regulation of inflammation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arachidonate 12-Lipoxygenase / genetics
  • Arachidonate 12-Lipoxygenase / immunology
  • Arachidonate 12-Lipoxygenase / metabolism
  • Arachidonate 12-Lipoxygenase / physiology*
  • Arachidonate 15-Lipoxygenase / genetics
  • Arachidonate 15-Lipoxygenase / immunology
  • Arachidonate 15-Lipoxygenase / metabolism
  • Arachidonate 15-Lipoxygenase / physiology*
  • Catalysis
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Cellular / physiology
  • Inflammation / enzymology*
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Mice
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational
  • Signal Transduction / immunology
  • Species Specificity
  • Vasculitis / enzymology


  • 12-15-lipoxygenase
  • Arachidonate 12-Lipoxygenase
  • Arachidonate 15-Lipoxygenase