Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary Prostaglandin-(PG) 1,15-lactones and, in smaller amounts, free acids, were isolated from both the mantle and the dorso-lateral appendices of the opisthobranch molluscTethys fimbria. In vivo conversion of PGs into the corresponding lactones and accumulation of PGE2- and PGE3-1,15-lactones in the appendages were shown. The detachment of these appendages from the molested mollusc caused the in vivo conversion of PGE2- and PGE3-lactones back to PGE2 and PGE3 respectively, thus providing the first example of a mechanism by which prostaglandins can be stored and, when needed, released.
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