PubMed 21940663

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Automatically associated channels: TRP , TRPC , TRPC1 , TRPC4

Title: Enhanced store-operated Ca²+ entry and TRPC channel expression in pulmonary arteries of monocrotaline-induced pulmonary hypertensive rats.

Authors: Xiao-Ru Liu, Ming-Fang Zhang, Na Yang, Qing Liu, Rui-Xing Wang, Yuan-Ning Cao, Xiao-Ru Yang, James S K Sham, Mo-Jun Lin

Journal, date & volume: Am. J. Physiol., Cell Physiol., 2012 Jan , 302, C77-87

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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is associated with profound vascular remodeling and alterations in Ca(2+) homeostasis in pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs). Previous studies show that canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) genes are upregulated and store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) is augmented in PASMCs of chronic hypoxic rats and patients of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Here we further examine the involvement of TRPC and SOCE in PH with a widely used rat model of monocrotaline (MCT)-induced PAH. Rats developed severe PAH, right ventricular hypertrophy, and significant increase in store-operated TRPC1 and TRPC4 mRNA and protein in endothelium-denuded pulmonary arteries (PAs) 3 wk after MCT injection. Contraction of PA and Ca(2+) influx in PASMC evoked by store depletion using cyclopiazonic acid (CPA) were enhanced dramatically, consistent with augmented SOCE in the MCT-treated group. The time course of increase in CPA-induced contraction corresponded to that of TRPC1 expression. Endothelin-1 (ET-1)-induced vasoconstriction was also potentiated in PAs of MCT-treated rats. The response was partially inhibited by SOCE blockers, including Gd(3+), La(3+), and SKF-96365, as well as the general TRPC inhibitor BTP-2, suggesting that TRPC-dependent SOCE was involved. Moreover, the ET-1-induced contraction and Ca(2+) response in the MCT group were more susceptible to the inhibition caused by the various SOCE blockers. Hence, our study shows that MCT-induced PAH is associated with increased TRPC expression and SOCE, which are involved in the enhanced vascular reactivity to ET-1, and support the hypothesis that TRPC-dependent SOCE is an important pathway for the development of PH.