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See detailAn epithelial-dependent contracting factor induced by calcium influx in guinea-pig trachea
Bertrand, C.; Da Silva, A.; Landry, Y. et al

in Pulmonary Pharmacology (1993), 6(1), 69-76

The effects of epithelium removal were studied on the contraction induced by Ca2+ in K(+)-depolarizing solution, and by the calcium ionophore A 23187 in guinea-pig isolated tracheal strips. Epithelium ... [more ▼]

The effects of epithelium removal were studied on the contraction induced by Ca2+ in K(+)-depolarizing solution, and by the calcium ionophore A 23187 in guinea-pig isolated tracheal strips. Epithelium removal reduced the maximal response to Ca2+ in K(+)-depolarizing solution and caused a significant shift to the right of the Ca2+ concentration-response curves. The contraction induced by the calcium ionophore A 23187 (10(-6) M) was also markedly reduced by epithelium removal. These results suggest the occurrence of an epithelium-derived contracting factor. The effects of hexamethonium, atropine, spantide and thiorphan showed that acetylcholine and neurokinins play a minor role in the Ca(2+)-induced contraction. The epithelium-dependent potentiation of the calcium- and of the A 23187-induced contractions was inhibited by an antibody selective for rat calcitonin gene-related peptide (rCGRP alpha). Therefore, CGRP-like immunoreactive material may be part of the epithelium-dependent contracting factor of guinea-pig trachea. Comparison of concentration-response curves for rCGRP alpha in epithelium-free and in intact guinea-pig tracheal strips suggests that an epithelium-dependent contracting factor may be mobilized by CGRP. [less ▲]

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See detailNatural polyamines stimulate G-proteins
Bueb, Jean-Luc UL; Da Silva, A.; Mousli, M. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1992), 282 (Pt 2)

The natural polyamines spermine and spermidine, the biosynthetic precursor putrescine and their analogues cadaverine and tyramine stimulate the GTPase activity of purified GTP-binding proteins (Go/Gi ... [more ▼]

The natural polyamines spermine and spermidine, the biosynthetic precursor putrescine and their analogues cadaverine and tyramine stimulate the GTPase activity of purified GTP-binding proteins (Go/Gi) from calf brain reconstituted into phospholipid vesicles. The order of potency was spermine greater than spermidine greater than putrescine = cadaverine greater than tyramine. The physiological relevance of this observation was assessed, showing the same order of potency of polyamines in the stimulation of peritoneal and tracheal rat mast cells. The activation of rat mast cells by polyamines was inhibited by benzalkonium chloride or by a 2 h pretreatment of the cells with pertussis toxin. The increase in inositol phosphates evoked by polyamines was also inhibited by pertussis toxin. Therefore we propose that intracellular polyamines might control the basal level of second messengers and modulate extracellular signals transduced through G-protein-coupled receptors. [less ▲]

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