Structure-activity relationships for platelet-activating factor (PAF) and analogues reveal differences between PAF receptors on platelets and macrophages

Alastair G Stewart, George Grigoriadis

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Analogues of PAF were examined for their potency in stimulating either platelet aggregation or macrophage superoxide anion generation. Modification of either the alkyl side-chain or the acetyl side-chain increased the relative potency of PAF analogues in macrophages, but all these compounds were more active in platelets. However, an analogue of PAF with an increased inter-ionic distance in the polar head group, hexanolamine PAF, showed a greater potency in macrophages than platelets. The latter compound also appeared to act as a partial agonist in both rabbit platelets and guinea-pig macrophages, but not in guinea-pig platelets. Differences in the rank order of potency of the PAF analogues in stimulating these cell elements suggest that platelet and macrophage PAF receptors differ.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299 - 308
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Lipid Mediators
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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