American journal of physiology. Lung cellular and molecular physiology

Capsazepine, a vanilloid antagonist, abolishes tonic responses induced by 20-HETE on guinea pig airway smooth muscle.

PMID 15557084


The aim of this study was to delineate the mode of action of 20-hydroxy-eicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE) in airway smooth muscle (ASM) cells. ASM metabolizes arachidonic acid by various enzymatic pathways, including the cytochrome P-450 (CYP-450) omega-hydroxylase, which leads to the production of 20-HETE, a bronchoconstrictive eicosanoid. The present study demonstrated that 20-HETE induced concentration-dependent tonic responses in ASM, whereas transient responses were recorded in Ca2+-free solution, suggesting an intracellular Ca2+ release process. 20-HETE inotropic responses were abolished by 36 microM 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate or 1 microM thapsigargin but were insensitive to 10 microM ryanodine, indicating that inositol triphosphate receptors likely control the release of intracellular Ca2+. Sustained tension, which required Ca2+ entry, was partially blocked by 1 microM nifedipine (an L-type) and 100 microM Gd3+ (a nonselective cationic channel blocker). Moreover, in the absence of selective 20-HETE receptor antagonists, 20-HETE tonic responses were inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner (0.1-10 microM) by capsazepine, a well-characterized vanilloid receptor antagonist. Capsazepine was also observed to reverse cumulative responses to 20-HETE and capsaicin, a TRPV1 agonist. In addition, capsazepine pretreatment largely modified the sustained inotropic responses to 20-HETE, suggesting that 20-HETE cross-reacted with TRPV1 receptors with a low affinity (microM) or that its specific receptor was inhibited by the vanilloid antagonist. Data obtained using RHC-80267, ONO-RS-082, and eicosatetraynoic acid, respective inhibitors of diacylglycerol-lipase, phospholipase A2, and CYP-450 omega-hydroxylase, reveal that intracellular arachidonic acid production and its 20-HETE metabolite may be responsible for the activation of nonselective cationic channels and tonic responses.

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5,8,11,14-Eicosatetraynoic acid, ≥97%
RHC 80267, ≥98% (HPLC), solid