Soluble guanylate cyclase modulators blunt hyperoxia effects on calcium responses of developing human airway smooth muscle

Rodney Jr. Britt, Michael A. Thompson, Ine Kuipers, Alecia Stewart, Elizabeth R. Vogel, James Thu, Richard J. Martin, Christina M Pabelick, Y.s. Prakash

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Exposure to moderate hyperoxia in prematurity contributes to subsequent airway dysfunction and increases the risk of developing recurrent wheeze and asthma. The nitric oxide (NO)-soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC)-cyclic GMP (cGMP) axis modulates airway tone by regulating airway smooth muscle (ASM) intracellular Ca<sup>2+</sup> ([Ca<sup>2+</sup>]<inf>i</inf>) and contractility. However, the effects of hyperoxia on this axis in the context of Ca<sup>2+</sup>/ contractility are not known. In developing human ASM, we explored the effects of novel drugs that activate sGC independent of NO on alleviating hyperoxia (50% oxygen)-induced enhancement of Ca<sup>2+</sup> responses to bronchoconstrictor agonists. Treatment with BAY 41– 2272 (sGC stimulator) and BAY 60-2770 (sGC activator) increased cGMP levels during exposure to 50% O<inf>2</inf>. Although 50% O<inf>2</inf> did not alter sGCα1 or sGCβ1 expression, BAY 60-2770 did increase sGCβ1 expression. BAY 41-2272 and BAY 60-2770 blunted Ca<sup>2+</sup> responses to histamine in cells exposed to 50% O<inf>2</inf>. The effects of BAY 41-2272 and BAY 60-2770 were reversed by protein kinase G inhibition. These novel data demonstrate that BAY 41-2272 and BAY 60-2770 stimulate production of cGMP and blunt hyperoxia-induced increases in Ca<sup>2+</sup> responses in developing ASM. Accordingly, sGC stimulators/ activators may be a useful therapeutic strategy in improving bronchodilation in preterm infants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L537-L542
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 18 2015



  • Calcium
  • cGMP
  • Lung
  • Pediatric asthma
  • Prematurity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology

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