The effects of toluene diisocyanate and of capsaicin on human bronchial smooth muscle in vitro.


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Toluene diisocyanate contracts guinea-pig bronchial smooth muscle through a mechanism involving capsaicin-sensitive sensory nerves. In the present study, we investigated the effects of toluene diisocyanate, capsaicin and tachykinins on isolated human bronchi. In 44 rings, toluene diisocyanate (0.3 mM) produced a relaxation which averaged 16.9 +/- 1.1%, in ten rings it produced a shortening that was 15.1 +/- 3.3% and in ten preparations it gave no response. A second administration of toluene diisocyanate (0.3 mM) always produced a relaxation (n = 13, 18.1 +/- 3.9%). Capsaicin (0.03 mM) produced shortening in 15 (35 +/- 6.6%) and relaxation in 11 preparations (41 +/- 6.8%), whereas a second administration caused shortening in nine (25.1 +/- 6.1%) and relaxation in 16 rings (36.4 +/- 4.9%). When toluene diisocyanate was given after two consecutive capsaicin administrations, we observed shortening in two rings (10.0 +/- 3.6%), relaxation in ten rings (15.9 +/- 3.6%), and no response in four preparations. To test the role of NK1 and NK2 receptors in these conflicting responses, we performed concentration-response curves to different tachykinins. Substance P, neurokinin A and neurokinin A-(4-10), a specific NK2 receptor agonist, gave a concentration-dependent shortening, with neurokinin A being the most effective and neurokinin A-(4-10) the least. The specific NK1 receptor agonist, [Sar9, Met(O2)11]substance P, produced both shortening and relaxation. We conclude that toluene diisocyanate and capsaicin may produce both shortening and relaxation in isolated human bronchi through NK1 receptors.

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Cited Authors

  • Chitano, P; Di Blasi, P; Lucchini, RE; Calabrò, F; Saetta, M; Maestrelli, P; Fabbri, LM; Mapp, CE

Published Date

  • April 1, 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 270 / 2-3

Start / End Page

  • 167 - 173

PubMed ID

  • 7518777

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7518777

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-0712

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1879-0712

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0926-6917(94)90059-0


  • eng