The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of endothelin-1 (ET-1) and its receptors in the airway hyperreactivity of horses with obstructive pulmonary disease associated with summer pasture (SPAOPD). The right diaphragmatic lobe of the lung of 8 clinically healthy (unaffected) and 8 SPAOPD-affected horses was collected immediately after euthanasia. Bronchial rings (4 mm wide) were prepared and mounted in organ baths and attached to force transducers interfaced with a polygraph. Four rings were used to study each ET-1 receptor; 1 ring served as the control, and the other 3 were incubated with 10-9, 10-7, or 10-5 M of either BQ-123, an ETA-receptor antagonist, or IRL-1038, an ETB-receptor antagonist. Cumulative concentrations (10-8.5 to 10-6 M) of ET-1 were applied to all rings. Using pooled pulmonary tissue from different regions of the lung, we performed a reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to determine ETB-receptor gene expression. Although ET-1 caused concentration-dependent bronchial ring contraction in both groups of horses, the rings of SPAOPD-affected horses had significantly greater contraction than the rings of unaffected horses. Whereas ETA-receptor blockade significantly increased the response to ET-1 in unaffected horses, ETB-receptor blockade significantly decreased the response in affected horses. The pA2 values showed a nonsignificant decrease in ETA-receptor affinity and a significant increase in ETB-receptor affinity in affected horses compared with unaffected horses. The ETB-receptor mRNA expression of the pooled pulmonary tissue showed a nonsignificant increase in affected horses compared with unaffected horses. The airway hyperreactivity to ET-1 observed in the bronchial rings from the affected horses appears to be due in part to activation of pulmonary ETB receptors, which appear to be inactive in unaffected horses.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2006|
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