Eicosanoid is an umbrella term used to describe any oxidized derivative of arachidonic acid, a ubiquitous polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) in humans. Arachidonic acid can be oxidized in vivo via both enzymatic and non-enzymatic mechanisms to yield bioactive lipid mediators that are of central importance to human physiology and pathophysiology.
The Eicosanoid Core Laboratory at Vanderbilt University was established in 1988 in order to provide investigators at the university with a central location for analysis of prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and isoprostanes. Today the Eicosanoid Core Laboratory serves investigators not only at Vanderbilt but indeed around the world.
We have developed this website in order for our collaborators and users to obtain useful information regarding our laboratory's policies as well as sample collection and storage procedures. Further, this website was created to serve as a resource for individuals hoping to learn more about the eicosanoids that we study. Feel free to explore the site and email us with any suggestions!