Increased formation of thromboxane in vivo in humans with mastocytosis

Jason D. Morrow, John A. Oates, L. Jackson Roberts, William E. Zackert, Tanya A. Mitchell, Gerald Lazarus, Cynthia Guzzo

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Clinical manifestations of mastocytosis are mediated, at least in part, by release of the mast cell mediators histamine and prostaglandin D2. It has been previously reported that in addition to prostaglandin D2, mast cells produce other eicosanoids, including thromboxane. Nonetheless, little information exists regarding the formation of other prostanoids in vivo. The most accurate method to examine the systemic production of eicosanoids in vivo is the quantitation of urinary metabolites. We previously developed a highly accurate assay employing mass spectrometry to measure a major urinary metabolite of thromboxane, 11-dehydro-thromboxane B2, in humans. We utilized this assay to quantitate thromboxane production in 17 patients with histologically proven mastocytosis. We report that thromboxane formation was significantly increased :>2 SD above the mean) in at least one urine sample from 65% of patients studied. Of these, 91% of patients with documented systemic involvement had elevated thromboxane generation. In addition, endogenous formation of thromboxane was highly correlated with the urinary excretion of the major urinary metabolite of prostaglandin D2 (r = 0.98) and N(τ)-methylhistamine (r = 0.91), suggesting that the cellular source of increased thromboxane in vivo could be the mastocyte. Enhanced thromboxane formation in patients with this disorder is unlikely to be of platelet origin as other markers of platelet activation, platelet factor 4 and β- thromboglobulin, were not increased in three patients with marked overproduction of thromboxane. Furthermore, the recovery of 11-dehydro- thromboxane B2 excretion in two patients after the administration of aspirin occurred significantly more rapidly than the recovery of platelet thromboxane generation. These studies, therefore, report that thromboxane production is significantly increased in the majority of patients with mastocytosis that we examined and provide the basis to elucidate the role of this eicosanoid in disorders of mast cell activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-97
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Histamine
  • Prostaglandin D
  • Thromboxane B
  • Urticaria pigmentosa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Dermatology
  • Cell Biology


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