Soluble epoxide hydrolase: gene structure, expression and deletion

Gene. 2013 Sep 10;526(2):61-74. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2013.05.008. Epub 2013 May 20.


Mammalian soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) converts epoxides to their corresponding diols through the addition of a water molecule. sEH readily hydrolyzes lipid signaling molecules, including the epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs), epoxidized lipids produced from arachidonic acid by the action of cytochrome p450s. Through its metabolism of the EETs and other lipid mediators, sEH contributes to the regulation of vascular tone, nociception, angiogenesis and the inflammatory response. Because of its central physiological role in disease states such as cardiac hypertrophy, diabetes, hypertension, and pain sEH is being investigated as a therapeutic target. This review begins with a brief introduction to sEH protein structure and function. sEH evolution and gene structure are then discussed before human small nucleotide polymorphisms and mammalian gene expression are described in the context of several disease models. The review ends with an overview of studies that have employed the sEH knockout mouse model.

Keywords: 20-HETE; 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid; 5-lipoxygenase activation protein; AP-1; ARIC; ATF-6; Ang-II; Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities; CAC; CARDIA; CPR; ChIP; Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults; DHA; DHETs; EETs; EPA; EPHX2; EpFAs; Epoxyeicosatrienoic acid; FLAP; GSIS; HUVECs; Hcy; Hypertension; IBD; IL-10; Inflammation; LPS; Lipid signaling; NSAID; OVX; PPARs; RAAS; RBC; SHR; SNPs; SP-1; STZ; THF; UPREs; UTR; VSM; WKY; Wistar-Kyoto; activating transcription factor-6; activator protein 1; angiotensin II; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; chromatin immunoprecipitation; coronary artery calcification; dihydroxyeicosatrienoic acids; docosahexaenoic acid; eNOS; eicosapentaenoic acid; endothelial nitric oxide synthase; epoxy-fatty acids; epoxyeicosatrienoic acids; glucose-stimulated insulin secretion; homocysteine; human umbilical vein endothelial cells; inflammatory bowel disease; interleukin-10; lipopolysaccharide; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug; ovariectomized; peroxisome-proliferator activated receptors; red blood cell; renin–angiotensin aldosterone system; sEH; single nucleotide polymorphisms; soluble epoxide hydrolase; specificity protein 1; spontaneously hypertensive rat; streptozotocin; tetrahydrofuran; unfolded protein response elements; untranslated region; vascular smooth muscle.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Catalysis
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Epoxide Hydrolases / chemistry
  • Epoxide Hydrolases / genetics*
  • Epoxide Hydrolases / metabolism*
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Gene Expression
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Protein Conformation
  • Sequence Deletion


  • Epoxide Hydrolases