Prostaglandin D2 induces heme oxygenase-1 mRNA expression through the DP2 receptor

Soisungwan Satarug, Raewadee Wisedpanichkij, Kazuhisa Takeda, Bin Li, Kesara Na-Bangchang, Michael R. Moore, Shigeki Shibahara

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Prostaglandin (PG) D2 exerts multiple actions through interaction with distinct receptors, DP1 and DP2. We have shown that PGD2 induces the expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) that is essential for survival of photoreceptors. HO-1 is a key enzyme in physiological heme degradation. Here, we explored the mechanism for the PGD2-mediated induction of HO-1 expression using ARPE-19 human RPE cells. ARPE-19 cells secrete PGD2 and express DP2 mRNA, but not DP1 mRNA. Treatment with a DP2 agonist, 15(R)-15-methyl-PGD2 or DK-PGD2, increased HO-1 mRNA expression, and pretreatment with a DP2 antagonist, CAY10471, decreased the magnitude of the PGD2-mediated HO-1 induction. By contrast, either DP1 agonist or antagonist caused only marginal influence on HO-1 expression. Moreover, transient expression assays showed the DP2 agonist activated the HO-1-gene promoter in the enhancer-dependent manner. Thus, PGD2 induces HO-1 mRNA expression through DP2 receptor, linking the PGD2-DP2 signaling with heme homeostasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)878-883
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 19


  • Cadmium
  • DP2 receptor
  • Heme oxygenase
  • Macular degeneration
  • Malaria
  • Prostaglandin D
  • Retina
  • Stress


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