Prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) is implicated in various biological functions to mediate inflammatory
response. It is produced from arachidonic acid by the activity of two enzymes, cyclooxygenase
and tissue-specific PGD2 synthase. PGD2 has been shown to play a role in cardiovascular
diseases, arthritis, kidney fibrosis, pulmonary disease, cancer and mastocytosis. 11,15-dioxo-9α-
hydroxy-, 2,3,4,5-tetranorprostan-1,20-dioic acid (tetranor-PGDM), a novel D-ring metabolite of
PGD2 in urine, has been identified as the main endogenous metabolite of PGD2. Levels of
urinary tetranor-PGDM have been shown to directly reflect levels of PGD2 biosynthesis and
mast cells activity. Urinary tetranor-PGDM levels have also been used in identifying cases of
severe food allergies, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and drug related intolerance in asthma
1.5 – 10.8 ng/mg creatinine
Urine tetranor-PGDM is measured by direct ELISA.
Patient should not be on aspirin, indomethacin, or anti-inflammatory medications, if possible, for
at least 48 hours prior to collection of specimen.
24 hours urine collection. Refrigerate during collection and mix well. Transfer 5 – 10 ml urine to
urine transport container and freeze immediately. Rejection criteria include: room temperature,
thawed or refrigerated specimens.
Ship specimens strictly frozen in dry ice.
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