Histamine stimulates prostaglandin E production by rheumatoid synovial cells and human articular chondrocytes in culture

Arthritis Rheum. 1986 Feb;29(2):160-5. doi: 10.1002/art.1780290202.


Histamine stimulates prostaglandin E (PGE) production by cultures of adherent rheumatoid synovial cells and human articular chondrocytes. When subcultured synovial fibroblasts or human articular chondrocytes were "primed" by preincubation with conditioned media from primary adherent rheumatoid synovial cell cultures (synovial factor), each produced even higher PGE levels upon histamine exposure. This histamine stimulation was prevented by histamine H1, but not H2, antagonists and was more marked if serum was absent from the culture media. Thus, histamine-induced PGE production by these cells is mediated via H1 receptor activation and subsequent arachidonic acid liberation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / metabolism*
  • Cartilage, Articular / metabolism*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cyclic AMP / analysis
  • Histamine / pharmacology*
  • Histamine H1 Antagonists / pharmacology
  • Histamine H2 Antagonists / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint
  • Mast Cells / analysis
  • Prostaglandins E / analysis
  • Prostaglandins E / biosynthesis*
  • Radioimmunoassay
  • Stimulation, Chemical
  • Synovial Membrane / metabolism*
  • Time Factors


  • Histamine H1 Antagonists
  • Histamine H2 Antagonists
  • Prostaglandins E
  • Histamine
  • Cyclic AMP