Failure of postnatal ductus arteriosus closure in prostaglandin transporter-deficient mice

Hee Yoon Chang, Joseph Locker, Run Lu, Victor L. Schuster

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Background-:Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) plays a major role both in maintaining patency of the fetal ductus arteriosus and in closure of the ductus arteriosus after birth. The rate-limiting step in PGE2 signal termination is PGE2 uptake by the transporter PGT. Methods and Results-: To determine the role of PGT in ductus arteriosus closure, we used a gene-targeting strategy to produce mice in which PGT exon 1 was flanked by loxP sites. Successful targeting was obtained because neither mice hypomorphic at the PGT allele (PGT Neo/Neo) nor global PGT knockout mice (PGT-/-) exhibited PGT protein expression; moreover, embryonic fibroblasts isolated from targeted mice failed to exhibit carrier-mediated PGE2 uptake. Although born in a normal mendelian ratio, no PGT-/- mice survived past postnatal day 1, and no PGT-/- Neo/Neo mice survived past postnatal day 2. Necropsy revealed patent ductus arteriosus with normal intimal thickening but dilated cardiac chambers. Both PGT Neo/Neo and PGT mice could be rescued through the postnatal period by giving the mother indomethacin before birth. Rescued mice grew normally and had no abnormalities by gross and microscopic postmortem analyses. In accordance with the known role of PGT in metabolizing PGE2, rescued adult PGT-/- mice had lower plasma PGE2 metabolite levels and higher urinary PGE2 excretion rates than wild-type mice. CONCLUSION-: PGT plays a critical role in closure of the ductus arteriosus after birth by ensuring a reduction in local and/or circulating PGE2 concentrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-536
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Ductus arteriosus, patent
  • Genes
  • Heart failure
  • Prostaglandins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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