Cyclooxygenase-2: A therapeutic target

Marco E. Turini, Raymond N. DuBois

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Cyclooxygenase (COX), also known as prostaglandin endoperoxide synthase, is the key enzyme required for the conversion of arachidonic acid to prostaglandins. Two COX isoforms have been identified, COX-1 and COX-2. In many situations, the COX-1 enzyme is produced constitutively (e.g., in gastric mucosa), whereas COX-2 is highly inducible (e.g., at sites of inflammation and cancer). Traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) inhibit both enzymes, and a new class of COX-2 selective inhibitors (COXIBs) preferentially inhibit the COX-2 enzyme. This review summarizes our current understanding of the role of COX-1 and COX-2 in normal physiology and disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-57
Number of pages23
JournalAnnual Review of Medicine
StatePublished - Mar 9 2002



  • Biology
  • Cyclooxygenase
  • Disease
  • Inflammation
  • Prostaglandins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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