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What are the functions of cyclo-oxygenase (COX)?

Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
Although cyclo-oxygenase (COX) activity contributes to pain and inflammation, this enzyme also performs important functions such as:
  • Protecting the stomach from the corrosive effects of its own acid
  • Regulating circulation of blood to the kidneys
  • Modulating the activity of the immune system

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