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- Medicine; Endothelial Cells/physiology; Hydroxyeicosatetraenoic Acids; Hypertension; Muscle; Smooth; Vascular; Myocytes; Smooth Muscle; Medicine and Health Sciences; Pharmacology
20-Hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE) is a potent vasoactive eicosanoid and a key constituent of the microcirculation. Its effects on vascular function are multifaceted and include stimulation of smooth muscle, contractility, migration, and proliferation, as well as endothelial cell dysfunction and inflammation. Such effects have significant implications with regard to the control of vascular homeostasis and pathophysiology. The clinical relevance of 20-HETE is highlighted by recent studies linking 20-HETE and its biosynthetic enzymes to the development of hypertension, stroke, and myocardial infarction.