Enzymatic formation of prostaglandin F2 alpha from prostaglandin H2 and D2. Purification and properties of prostaglandin F synthetase from bovine lung

J Biol Chem. 1985 Jun 10;260(11):7035-41.


Prostaglandin F synthetase from bovine lung was purified 540-fold to apparent homogeneity, as assessed by polyacrylamide gel electrophoreses and ultracentrifugation. The purified enzyme proved to be a monomeric protein with a molecular weight of about 30,500. The enzyme catalyzed not only the reduction of the 11-keto group of prostaglandin D2 but also the reduction of 9,11-endoperoxide of prostaglandin H2 and various carbonyl compounds (e.g. phenanthrenequinone). Experiments using column chromatography, polyacrylamide gel electrophoreses, immunotitration using antibody against the purified enzyme, and heat treatment indicated that three enzyme activities resided in a single protein. Although phenanthrenequinone and prostaglandin D2 competitively inhibited the prostaglandin D2 and phenanthrenequinone reductase activities, respectively, these two substrates were all but ineffective on the prostaglandin H2 (at the Km value) reductase activity up to 14-fold of those Km values. These results suggest that a single enzyme protein purified from the bovine lung catalyzes the reduction of prostaglandin D2, prostaglandin H2, and various carbonyl compounds and that prostaglandin D2 and prostaglandin H2 are metabolized at two different active sites, yielding prostaglandin F2 alpha as the reaction product.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acids / analysis
  • Animals
  • Binding Sites
  • Cattle
  • Chromatography, Gel
  • Dinoprost
  • Hydroxyprostaglandin Dehydrogenases / isolation & purification*
  • Hydroxyprostaglandin Dehydrogenases / metabolism
  • Lung / enzymology*
  • Phenanthrenes / metabolism
  • Prostaglandin D2
  • Prostaglandin Endoperoxides / metabolism*
  • Prostaglandin Endoperoxides, Synthetic / metabolism*
  • Prostaglandin H2
  • Prostaglandins D / metabolism*
  • Prostaglandins F / biosynthesis*
  • Prostaglandins H / metabolism*
  • Substrate Specificity


  • Amino Acids
  • Phenanthrenes
  • Prostaglandin Endoperoxides
  • Prostaglandin Endoperoxides, Synthetic
  • Prostaglandins D
  • Prostaglandins F
  • Prostaglandins H
  • Prostaglandin H2
  • 9,10-phenanthrenequinone
  • Dinoprost
  • Hydroxyprostaglandin Dehydrogenases
  • prostaglandin-F synthase
  • Prostaglandin D2