Store-operated Ca2+ influx in airway smooth muscle: Interactions between volatile anesthetic and cyclic nucleotide effects

Y. S. Prakash, Adeyemi Iyanoye, Binnaz Ay, Gary C. Sieck, Christina M. Pabelick

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BACKGROUND: Volatile anesthetics produce bronchodilation in part by depleting sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca stores in airway smooth muscle (ASM). Other bronchodilatory drugs are known to act via cyclic nucleotides (cyclic adenosine 3′,5′-cyclic monophosphate, cyclic guanosine 3′,5′- cyclic monophosphate). Intracellular Ca regulation in ASM involves plasma membrane Ca influx, including that triggered by sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca depletion (store-operated Ca entry [SOCE]). The authors hypothesized that anesthetics and bronchodilatory agents interact in inhibiting SOCE, thus enhancing ASM relaxation. METHODS: In enzymatically dissociated porcine ASM cells imaged using fluorescence microscopy, sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca was depleted by 1 μm cyclopiazonic acid in 0 extracellular Ca, nifedipine, and potassium chloride (preventing Ca influx through L-type channels and SOCE). Extracellular Ca was rapidly reintroduced to selectively activate SOCE in the presence or absence of 1 minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) halothane, isoflurane, or sevoflurane. Anesthetic interference with SOCE regulation by cyclic nucleotides was examined by activating SOCE in the presence of (1) 1 μm acetylcholine, (2) 100 μm dibutryl cyclic adenosine 3′,5′-cyclic monophosphate, or (3) 100 μm 8-bromo-cyclic guanosine 3′,5′-cyclic monophosphate. RESULTS: SOCE was enhanced by acetylcholine, whereas volatile anesthetics and both cyclic nucleotides partially inhibited Ca influx. Preexposure to 1 or 2 MAC anesthetic (halothane > isoflurane > sevoflurane) inhibited SOCE. Only halothane and isoflurane inhibited acetylcholine-induced augmentation of Ca influx, and significantly potentiated cyclic nucleotide inhibition such that no influx was observed in the presence of anesthetics and cyclic nucleotides. CONCLUSIONS: These data indicate that volatile anesthetics prevent sarcoplasmic reticulum refilling by inhibiting SOCE and enhancing cyclic nucleotide blunting of Ca influx in ASM. Such interactions likely result in substantial airway relaxation in the presence of both anesthetics and bronchodilatory agents such as β agonists or nitric oxide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)976-983
Number of pages8
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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