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Creation Date2006-05-22 15:12:41 UTC
Update Date2015-03-09 22:57:18 UTC
Secondary Accession NumbersNone
Metabolite Identification
Common NameThromboxane
DescriptionThromboxane is a member of the family of lipids known as eicosanoids. It is produced in platelets by thromboxane synthetase, which is produced from the endoperoxides by the cyclooxygenase (COX) enzyme from arachidonic acid. -- Wikipedia; Thromboxane is a vasoconstrictor, potent hypertensive agent, and facilitates the clumping of platelets. It is in homeostatic balance in the circulatory system with prostacyclin, a related compound. The widely-used drug aspirin acts by inhibiting the ability of the COX enzyme to synthesize the precursors of thromboxane within platelets. -- WikipediaThromboxanes are eicosanoids. The eicosanoids consist of the prostaglandins (PGs), thromboxanes (TXs), leukotrienes (LTs) and lipoxins (LXs). The PGs and TXs are collectively identified as prostanoids. Prostaglandins were originally shown to be synthesized in the prostate gland, thromboxanes from platelets (thrombocytes) and leukotrienes from leukocytes, hence the derivation of their names. All mammalian cells except erythrocytes synthesize eicosanoids. These molecules are extremely potent, able to cause profound physiological effects at very dilute concentrations. All eicosanoids function locally at the site of synthesis, through receptor-mediated G-protein linked signaling pathways.
  1. Thromboxane A2
Chemical FormulaC20H40O
Average Molecular Weight296.531
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight296.307915902
IUPAC Name(2R,3S)-3-heptyl-2-octyloxane
Traditional Name(2R,3S)-3-heptyl-2-octyl-oxane
CAS Registry Number66719-58-2
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
DescriptionThis compound belongs to the class of organic compounds known as thromboxanes. These are eicosanoids structurally characterized by the presence of a 6-member ether containing ring.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassLipids and lipid-like molecules
ClassFatty Acyls
Sub ClassEicosanoids
Direct ParentThromboxanes
Alternative Parents
  • Thromboxane
  • Oxane
  • Saccharide
  • Oxacycle
  • Organoheterocyclic compound
  • Ether
  • Dialkyl ether
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Aliphatic heteromonocyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic heteromonocyclic compounds
External DescriptorsNot Available
StatusDetected and Quantified
  • Endogenous
BiofunctionNot Available
ApplicationNot Available
Cellular locations
  • Cytoplasm
  • Extracellular
  • Membrane (predicted from logP)
  • Endoplasmic reticulum
Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting PointNot AvailableNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water SolubilityNot AvailableNot Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility1.22e-05 mg/mLALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Basic)-4.1ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count1ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count0ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area9.23 Å2ChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count13ChemAxon
Refractivity93.78 m3·mol-1ChemAxon
Polarizability41.15 Å3ChemAxon
Number of Rings1ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
SpectraNot Available
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Cytoplasm
  • Extracellular
  • Membrane (predicted from logP)
  • Endoplasmic reticulum
Biofluid Locations
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)
Tissue Location
  • Fibroblasts
  • Kidney
  • Lung
  • Nerve Cells
  • Placenta
  • Platelet
  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Smooth Muscle
  • Spleen
PathwaysNot Available
Normal Concentrations
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)Detected and Quantified0.000126 +/- 1.755e-05 uMNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNormal details
Abnormal Concentrations
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)Detected and Quantified0.000591 +/- 0.000129 uMAdult (>18 years old)Not SpecifiedSpinal cord injuries (acute stage) details
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease ReferencesNone
Associated OMIM IDsNone
DrugBank IDNot Available
DrugBank Metabolite IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Metabolite IDNot Available
FoodDB IDFDB023124
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID102829
KEGG Compound IDC02198
BiGG ID39305
Wikipedia LinkThromboxane
NuGOwiki LinkHMDB03208
Metagene LinkHMDB03208
PubChem Compound114873
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI ID1221363
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Not Available
General References
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  4. van Genderen PJ, Prins FJ, Michiels JJ, Schror K: Thromboxane-dependent platelet activation in vivo precedes arterial thrombosis in thrombocythaemia: a rationale for the use of low-dose aspirin as an antithrombotic agent. Br J Haematol. 1999 Mar;104(3):438-41. [10086775 ]
  5. FitzGerald GA, Oates JA, Hawiger J, Maas RL, Roberts LJ 2nd, Lawson JA, Brash AR: Endogenous biosynthesis of prostacyclin and thromboxane and platelet function during chronic administration of aspirin in man. J Clin Invest. 1983 Mar;71(3):676-88. [6338043 ]
  6. Karamouzis M, Langberg H, Skovgaard D, Bulow J, Kjaer M, Saltin B: In situ microdialysis of intramuscular prostaglandin and thromboxane in contracting skeletal muscle in humans. Acta Physiol Scand. 2001 Jan;171(1):71-6. [11350265 ]
  7. Wacker MJ, Tyburski JB, Ammar CP, Adams MC, Orr JA: Detection of thromboxane A(2) receptor mRNA in rabbit nodose ganglion neurons. Neurosci Lett. 2005 Sep 30;386(2):121-6. [15992996 ]
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  13. Conti S, Desideri N, Passaghe S, Castagnoli MN, Cerletti C, Stein ML: Inhibition of thromboxane biosynthesis by 3-pyridinol carboxypentyl ethers substituted with a hydroxylated octyl chain. J Pharm Pharmacol. 1988 Feb;40(2):144-6. [2897452 ]
  14. Ylikorkala O, Makila UM, Viinikka L: Amniotic fluid prostacyclin and thromboxane in normal, preeclamptic, and some other complicated pregnancies. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1981 Nov 1;141(5):487-90. [6895277 ]
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  17. Chehrazi BB, Giri S, Joy RM: Prostaglandins and vasoactive amines in cerebral vasospasm after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Stroke. 1989 Feb;20(2):217-24. [2465585 ]
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General function:
Involved in monooxygenase activity
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Involved in G-protein coupled receptor protein signaling pathway
Specific function:
Receptor for thromboxane A2 (TXA2), a potent stimulator of platelet aggregation. The activity of this receptor is mediated by a G-protein that activates a phosphatidylinositol-calcium second messenger system. In the kidney, the binding of TXA2 to glomerular TP receptors causes intense vasoconstriction. Activates phospholipase C. Isoform 1 activates adenylyl cyclase. Isoform 2 inhibits adenylyl cyclase
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