Cellular physiology and biochemistry : international journal of experimental cellular physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology

Leukotriene B4 Inhibits L-Type Calcium Channels via p38 Signaling Pathway in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells.

PMID 26584289


Arachidonic acid (AA) and its metabolites are important endogenous lipid messengers. In this study, we test the effect of Leukotriene B4 (LTB4), a 5-lipoxygenase metabolite of AA, on L-type calcium channels in A7r5 rat aortic vascular smooth muscle cells. L-type calcium channel currents were recorded by a patch-clamp technique. The mRNA expression of CaV1.2 was determined by Real-time RT-PCR. The protein expression of CaV1.2 and p38 activity was determined by Western blot analysis. LTB4 inhibits L-type channel currents in A7r5 cells in a dose-and time- dependent manner. LTB4 reduced the mRNA/protein expression of CaV1.2 channels in A7r5 cells. BLT1 receptor antagonist LY29311 abrogated the inhibitory effect of LTB4, while BLT2 receptor antagonist LY255283 had no effect. 5Z-7-oxozeaenol and SB203580, which block TAK1 and p38 kinase respectively, abrogated the LTB4 inhibitory effect on L-type calcium channels. LTB4 increased p38 activity in A7r5 cells. Blockage of Src, PI3K, JNK and NF-x03BA;B kinase had no effects on LTB4 inhibition of L-type calcium channel currents in A7r5 cells. We conclude that LTB4 inhibits L-type calcium channels through BLT1-TAk1-p38 signaling pathway. The LTB4 inhibitory effect on L-type calcium channels may be involved in its pathological processes such as atherosclerosis.