Arachidonic acid metabolites of CYP4A and CYP4F are altered in women with preeclampsia

Nicole L. Plenty, Jessica L. Faulkner, Joshua Cotton, Shauna Kay Spencer, Kedra Wallace, Babbette LaMarca, Sydney R. Murphy

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Few studies exist on cytochrome P450 (CYP450) metabolites of arachidonic acid (AA) pertaining to the pathophysiological events in pregnancy. We hypothesized that metabolism of AA via the CYP450 pathways is altered within the placenta in women with preeclampsia (PE) and contributes to the pathophysiology of the disease. Thus, placental vascular CYP450 enzyme expression and activity were measured in normal pregnant (NP) and preeclamptic (PE) patients. CYP450 isoform expression (CYP4A11, CYP4A22, CYP4F2, and CYP4F3) was found to be elevated within the placenta of women with PE compared to normal pregnant (NP) women and chronic hypertensive (CHTN) pregnant women. In addition, placental production of 20-HETE was significantly increased in PE women compared to both NP and CHTN women. Moreover, there was an imbalance in circulating 20-HETE:EETs in PE women. To examine whether alterations in CYP450 AA metabolism contribute to the altered placentation in PE, trophoblast function, proliferation and migration were assessed in the presence of exogenous 20-HETE and a 20-HETE specific synthesis inhibitor, HET0016. Trophoblast proliferation was significantly increased in the presence of 20-HETE (1 μM) and reduced with 20-HETE blockade by HET0016 (1 mM, 5 mM, and 10 mM). On the contrary, administration of exogenous 20-HETE (1 μM) significantly reduced trophoblast migration. In conclusion, metabolism of AA via CYP450 is altered in PE, and increased placental production of 20-HETE may contribute to the pathophysiology of the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalProstaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators
StatePublished - May 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • 20-HETE
  • Hypertension
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cell Biology


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