Bradykinin and angiotensin administered to the isolated perfused rabbit kidney activate two sequential processes: (1) a selective release of the prostaglandin precursor arachidonate with concomitant partial conversion of the arachidonate into prostaglandin E2; (2) activation of a process that leads to decreased release of all fatty acids in the perfusate. There is a time lag of approx. 1 min between the initial activation of the arachidonate-specific deacylation reaction that is coupled to prostaglandin generation, and the subsequent decrease in the release of all fatty acids. This synchronized cycle provides for instant generation of required amounts of prostaglandins and at the same time serves to conserve cellular arachidonate.

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