American journal of physiology. Lung cellular and molecular physiology

Adenosine activation of A(2B) receptor(s) is essential for stimulated epithelial ciliary motility and clearance.

PMID 21622845


Mucociliary clearance, vital to lung clearance, is dependent on cilia beat frequency (CBF), coordination of cilia, and the maintenance of periciliary fluid. Adenosine, the metabolic breakdown product of ATP, is an important modulator of ciliary motility. However, the contributions of specific adenosine receptors to key airway ciliary motility processes are unclear. We hypothesized that adenosine modulates ciliary motility via activation of its cell surface receptors (A(1), A(2A), A(2B), or A(3)). To test this hypothesis, mouse tracheal rings (MTRs) excised from wild-type and adenosine receptor knockout mice (A(1), A(2A), A(2B), or A(3), respectively), and bovine ciliated bronchial epithelial cells (BBECs) were stimulated with known cilia activators, isoproterenol (ISO; 10 μM) and/or procaterol (10 μM), in the presence or absence of 5'-(N-ethylcarboxamido) adenosine (NECA), a nonselective adenosine receptor agonist [100 nM (A(1), A(2A), A(3)); 10 μM (A(2B))], and CBF was measured. Cells and MTRs were also stimulated with NECA (100 nM or 10 μM) in the presence and absence of adenosine deaminase inhibitor, erythro-9- (2-hydroxy-3-nonyl) adenine hydrochloride (10 μM). Both ISO and procaterol stimulated CBF in untreated cells and/or MTRs from both wild-type and adenosine knockout mice by ~3 Hz. Likewise, CBF significantly increased ~2-3 Hz in BBECs and wild-type MTRs stimulated with NECA. MTRs from A(1), A(2A), and A(3) knockout mice stimulated with NECA also demonstrated an increase in CBF. However, NECA failed to stimulate CBF in MTRs from A(2B) knockout mice. To confirm the mechanism by which adenosine modulates CBF, protein kinase activity assays were conducted. The data revealed that NECA-stimulated CBF is mediated by the activation of cAMP-dependent PKA. Collectively, these data indicate that purinergic stimulation of CBF requires A(2B) adenosine receptor activation, likely via a PKA-dependent pathway.

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