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 In recent years, a class of drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors has gotten much publicity for the drugs' power to relieve inflammation and pain. These drugs are relatively new to the pharmaceutical industry, their mechanisms of action having been discovered only in 1971. That year, John Vane discovered the relationship between nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, and a group of molecules, called prostaglandins, responsible for producing the sensation of pain in the human body, among other functions.

          Prostaglandins were first discovered in the 1930s and are now known to be generated by most mammalian tissues in response to external stimuli. Unlike classical hormones that are synthesized in one tissue but act on a distant one, prostaglandins act on the cells that produce them or on cells located close to the prostaglandins’ cells of origin. Aspirin alleviates pain by inhibiting the function of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase or COX; this inhibition prevents the production of prostaglandins. The three forms of this enzyme, COX-1, COX-2, and COX-3, all stimulate the production of prostaglandins, but each serves a different purpose. COX-1 functions to protect the stomach from irritating gastric acids. COX-2 functions to induce inflammation in injured tissue and COX-3 functions to control the sensation of pain. Aspirin and other similar drugs, such as naproxen, inhibit both COX-1 and COX-2, sometimes producing or aggravating stomach ulcers in patients who take them.

          In order to eliminate the side effects of aspirin and related drugs, several pharmaceutical companies in the 1990s developed drugs that inhibited only COX-2. However, side effects almost always cropped up, even after clinical trials that seemed to indicate none. This often occurs because trials are conducted within very limited parameters; once the drug has been approved for mass distribution, however, the number of people taking it and the length of time that it is taken increase dramatically. Several COX-2 drugs that have been popular in recent years fit this pattern: initially successful in clinical trials, subsequent studies showed them to have serious, potentially lethal side effects.

          Though prostaglandin chemistry and enzymology have been studied for half a century, pinpointing the exact role of the molecules in physiological processes still remains a challenge for researchers. Hence it is not surprising that recent therapeutic attempts to interfere with the formation of certain prostaglandins have produced unexpected side effects. It now seems that the hype surrounding COX-2 drugs may have been premature.
1 . The passage suggest which the following about COX- 2 inhibitors?

A. They fail to protect the stomach from gastric acids that can cause irritation, but protect the body from tissue inflammation.
B. They produce similar side effects as those caused by Naproxen.
C. They were introduced approximately 20 years after the relationship between aspirin and prostaglandins was discovered.
D. They stimulate production of prostaglandins that cause tissue inflammation.
E. They are generated by external stimuli and act on the cells that produce them.

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C


2. According to the passage, all of the following are true of prostaglandins EXCEPT:

A. They were discovered in the 1930s.
B. They are generated by most mammalian tissues.
C. They produce the sensation of pain in the body, but are also responsible for other bodily functions.
D. They cause side effects that clinical trials failed to detect.
E. Their production is affected by enzymes COX-1, COX- 2, and COX-3.

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D


3. The author mentions that prostaglandins are generated in response to external stimuli primarily in order to support the contention that

A. Prostaglandins can produce or aggravate stomach ulcers.
B. Prostaglandins act in the same tissue that produces them.
C. Prostaglandins prevent the enzyme cyclooxygenase from functioning.
D. Prostaglandins are significantly different from most mammalian hormones.
E. Prostaglandins are responsible for the human sensation of pain.

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E


4. The primary purpose of this passage is to

A. explain the therapeutic benefits of a new type of pain reliever
B. initiate a debate concerning the benefits of COX-2 inhibitors
C. warn the public that clinical trials cannot ensure drug safety
D. describe the impetus for and result of COX-2 inhibitors’ introduction
E. introduce research findings to support COX-2 inhibitors over COX-1 inhibitors

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D

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3. The author mentions that prostaglandins are generated in response to external stimuli primarily in order to support the contention that
A. Prostaglandins can produce or aggravate stomach ulcers.
B. Prostaglandins act in the same tissue that produces them.
C. Prostaglandins prevent the enzyme cyclooxygenase from functioning.
D. Prostaglandins are significantly different from most mammalian hormones.
E. Prostaglandins are responsible for the human sensation of pain.

Why is the answer "E" instead of "B"?

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i have a question specifically on Q#3. I picked "B" instead of "E". Can you explain how "B" is correct and "E" is wrong?

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Question 3
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But correct answer is D .
Can anyone explain why D is correct and what reasoning is required to arrive at the right answer.
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Could some one please explain the reason for D being the right option in Question 4? I understand how all other answers are incorrect but could not pinpoint D as the right answer.

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 In recent years, a class of drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors has gotten much publicity for the drugs' power to relieve inflammation and pain. These drugs are relatively new to the pharmaceutical industry, their mechanisms of action having been discovered only in 1971. That year, John Vane discovered the relationship between nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, and a group of molecules, called prostaglandins, responsible for producing the sensation of pain in the human body, among other functions.

          Prostaglandins were first discovered in the 1930s and are now known to be generated by most mammalian tissues in response to external stimuli. Unlike classical hormones that are synthesized in one tissue but act on a distant one, prostaglandins act on the cells that produce them or on cells located close to the prostaglandins’ cells of origin. Aspirin alleviates pain by inhibiting the function of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase or COX; this inhibition prevents the production of prostaglandins. The three forms of this enzyme, COX-1, COX-2, and COX-3, all stimulate the production of prostaglandins, but each serves a different purpose. COX-1 functions to protect the stomach from irritating gastric acids. COX-2 functions to induce inflammation in injured tissue and COX-3 functions to control the sensation of pain. Aspirin and other similar drugs, such as naproxen, inhibit both COX-1 and COX-2, sometimes producing or aggravating stomach ulcers in patients who take them.

          In order to eliminate the side effects of aspirin and related drugs, several pharmaceutical companies in the 1990s developed drugs that inhibited only COX-2. However, side effects almost always cropped up, even after clinical trials that seemed to indicate none. This often occurs because trials are conducted within very limited parameters; once the drug has been approved for mass distribution, however, the number of people taking it and the length of time that it is taken increase dramatically. Several COX-2 drugs that have been popular in recent years fit this pattern: initially successful in clinical trials, subsequent studies showed them to have serious, potentially lethal side effects.

          Though prostaglandin chemistry and enzymology have been studied for half a century, pinpointing the exact role of the molecules in physiological processes still remains a challenge for researchers. Hence it is not surprising that recent therapeutic attempts to interfere with the formation of certain prostaglandins have produced unexpected side effects. It now seems that the hype surrounding COX-2 drugs may have been premature.
3. The author mentions that prostaglandins are generated in response to external stimuli primarily in order to support the contention that

A. Prostaglandins can produce or aggravate stomach ulcers.
B. Prostaglandins act in the same tissue that produces them.
C. Prostaglandins prevent the enzyme cyclooxygenase from functioning.
D. Prostaglandins are significantly different from most mammalian hormones.
E. Prostaglandins are responsible for the human sensation of pain.



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If prostaglandins are a response to external stimuli, or stimuli outside of the body, then that external stimuli must be closely linked to at least one of the major functions of prostaglandin.

(A) Stomach ulcers are produced or aggravated by aspirin and similar drugs, not prostaglandins (and, in fact, these drugs inhibit prostaglandins).

(B) It is mentioned in the passage that “prostaglandins act on the cells that produce them,” but the author does not draw a connection between where prostaglandins act and what (i.e. external stimuli) generates their production.

(C) Paragraph 2 states that aspirin, not prostaglandin, prevents cyclooxygenase from functioning.

(D) Paragraph 2 states that most mammalian hormones "are synthesized in one tissue but act on a distant one" and contrasts prostaglandins, which "act on the cells that produce them" or on other nearby cells. This difference is based upon where the hormones act, not on what the hormones are responding to (whether external stimuli or something else).

(E) CORRECT. Paragraph 1 states that prostaglandins are "responsible for producing the sensation of pain in the human body, among other functions.” In the second paragraph the author mentions that aspirin alleviates pain by preventing the production of prostaglandins. To bridge the two assertions, the author provides evidence that prostaglandins are indeed responsible for the sensation of pain, an external stimuli.
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 In recent years, a class of drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors has gotten much publicity for the drugs' power to relieve inflammation and pain. These drugs are relatively new to the pharmaceutical industry, their mechanisms of action having been discovered only in 1971. That year, John Vane discovered the relationship between nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, and a group of molecules, called prostaglandins, responsible for producing the sensation of pain in the human body, among other functions.

          Prostaglandins were first discovered in the 1930s and are now known to be generated by most mammalian tissues in response to external stimuli. Unlike classical hormones that are synthesized in one tissue but act on a distant one, prostaglandins act on the cells that produce them or on cells located close to the prostaglandins’ cells of origin. Aspirin alleviates pain by inhibiting the function of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase or COX; this inhibition prevents the production of prostaglandins. The three forms of this enzyme, COX-1, COX-2, and COX-3, all stimulate the production of prostaglandins, but each serves a different purpose. COX-1 functions to protect the stomach from irritating gastric acids. COX-2 functions to induce inflammation in injured tissue and COX-3 functions to control the sensation of pain. Aspirin and other similar drugs, such as naproxen, inhibit both COX-1 and COX-2, sometimes producing or aggravating stomach ulcers in patients who take them.

          In order to eliminate the side effects of aspirin and related drugs, several pharmaceutical companies in the 1990s developed drugs that inhibited only COX-2. However, side effects almost always cropped up, even after clinical trials that seemed to indicate none. This often occurs because trials are conducted within very limited parameters; once the drug has been approved for mass distribution, however, the number of people taking it and the length of time that it is taken increase dramatically. Several COX-2 drugs that have been popular in recent years fit this pattern: initially successful in clinical trials, subsequent studies showed them to have serious, potentially lethal side effects.

          Though prostaglandin chemistry and enzymology have been studied for half a century, pinpointing the exact role of the molecules in physiological processes still remains a challenge for researchers. Hence it is not surprising that recent therapeutic attempts to interfere with the formation of certain prostaglandins have produced unexpected side effects. It now seems that the hype surrounding COX-2 drugs may have been premature.
2. According to the passage, all of the following are true of prostaglandins EXCEPT:

A. They were discovered in the 1930s.
B. They are generated by most mammalian tissues.
C. They produce the sensation of pain in the body, but are also responsible for other bodily functions.
D. They cause side effects that clinical trials failed to detect.
E. Their production is affected by enzymes COX-1, COX- 2, and COX-3.



The "True/False" technique is useful for EXCEPT questions. Four of the answer choices will contain information found in the passage; these will be labeled True. One answer choice will contain information not found in the passage; it will be labeled False.

(A) True. Paragraph 2 states “prostaglandins were first discovered in the 1930s."

(B) True. Paragraph 2 states prostaglandins are "generated by most mammalian tissues.”

(C) True. Paragraph 1 states that prostaglandins are "responsible for producing the sensation of pain in the human body, among other functions.”

(D) CORRECT. False. The author never claims that prostaglandins cause side effects. According to paragraph 4, the COX inhibitor drugs, not prostaglandins, caused side effects that went undetected during clinical trials.

(E) True. Paragraph 2 states that “aspirin alleviates pain by inhibiting... COX; this inhibition prevents the production of prostaglandins" and goes on to list the three forms of the enzyme, COX-1, COX-2, and COX-3.
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