cyclooxygenase

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cy·clo·ox·y·gen·ase

 (sī′klō-ŏk′sĭ-jə-nās′, -nāz′)
n.
1. See COX-1.
2. See COX-2.
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Noun1.cyclooxygenase - either of two related enzymes that control the production of prostaglandins and are blocked by aspirin
enzyme - any of several complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions
Cox-1, cyclooxygenase-1 - an enzyme that regulates prostaglandins that are important for the health of the stomach lining and kidneys; "an unfortunate side effect of NSAIDs is that they block Cox-1"
Cox-2, cyclooxygenase-2 - an enzyme that makes prostaglandins that cause inflammation and pain and fever; "the beneficial effects of NSAIDs result from their ability to block Cox-2"
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In vitro studies were performed to determine the inhibitory benefits of Metabiotics Resveratrol on a full thickness tissue model to reduce expression of the anti-inflammatory enzyme cyclooxygenase 1 [COX1] along with its ability to promote the synthesis of Collagen IVA on the same tissue model.
After reviewing the results further, the cherries were found to be ten times as potent as aspirin for inhibition of cyclooxygenase 1 and 2 (COX-1 and COX-2) enzymes, which cause inflammation.