Bradykinin regulation of airway submucosal gland secretion: Role of bradykinin receptor subtype

M. Nagaki, S. Shimura, T. Irokawa, T. Sasaki, T. Oshiro, M. Nara, Y. Kakuta, K. Shirato

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To clarify the role of bradykinin receptor subtypes, we examined the effect of bradykinin on feline tracheal and human airway submucosal gland secretion using an isolated gland preparation. Bradykinin induced a significant increase in [3H]glycoconjugate secretion in a dose-dependent manner from isolated glands, which was significantly inhibited by D-Arg- (Hyp3,Thi58,D-Phe7)-bradykinin (the B2-receptor antagonist), whereas Des-Arg9(Leu8)-bradykinin (B1-receptor antagonist) or indomethacin did not significantly alter it. Nitric oxide synthase inhibitor (nitro-L-arginine methyl ester) caused a significant inhibition of bradykinin-induced glycoconjugate secretion, which was reversed by the addition of L-arginine. Bradykinin evoked bidirectional current responses, and an initial inward current (Cl- current) was followed by an outward current (K+ current) of the acinar cells in a whole cell configuration by patch-clamp technique. Bradykinin induced an immediate increase in intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+](i)) of the acinar cells followed by a prolonged plateau, and Ca2+ removal resulted in an initial increase alone. [Ca2+](i) rise was significantly inhibited by the B2-receptor antagonist, whereas the B1-receptor antagonist did not significantly alter it. These findings suggest that B-receptor stimulation and the resultant [Ca2+](i) rise induced both mucus glycoprotein and electrolyte secretions, involving NO formation in airway submucosal gland cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L907-L913
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number6 14-6
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jun


  • B-receptor
  • B-receptor
  • chloride
  • feline
  • human
  • intracellular calcium concentration
  • mucus glycoprotein secretion
  • secretion
  • submucosal gland cells


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