Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications vol:137 issue:1 pages:334-42
A new method was developed to study leukotriene B4 (LTB4) production by stimulated whole blood. The calcium ionophore A23187 and serum-treated zymosan induced LTB4 production, measured by radioimmunoassay, in a dose- and time-dependent manner. The pattern of LTB4 production by whole blood differed markedly from that observed with isolated, purified polymorphonuclear leukocytes. Higher levels of LTB4 were reached and maintained in whole blood. The system allowed to detect drug effects on LTB4 synthesis in vitro. This new method to study the synthesis of LTB4 takes into account the complex interactions between different cell types which can modulate LTB4 metabolism.