Kanako Suzuki

Hoshi University, Edo, Tōkyō, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: To determine whether or not sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is involved in the augmented bronchial smooth muscle (BSM) contractility, one of the causes of airway hyperresponsiveness in asthmatics, the effects of S1P on BSM tone were investigated in control and repeatedly antigen-challenged mice. Both in the control and antigen-challenged animals, S1P had no effect on basal tone of the isolated BSM tissues. However, in the BSMs pre-depolarized by 60mM K(+), S1P caused a significant increase in tension in the control mice. The S1P-mediated contraction was abolished by JTE-013, a selective S1P receptor 2 (S1PR2) antagonist, but not by W123, a selective S1PR1 antagonist, and BML-241, a selective S1PR3 antagonist. The S1P-mediated contraction observed in BSMs of the control mice was also inhibited by Y-27632, a Rho-kinase inhibitor, suggesting that the contraction is mediated via activations of S1PR2 and probably its downstream Rho-kinase. On the other hand, interestingly, the S1P-mediated contraction was not observed at all in BSMs of the repeatedly antigen-challenged mice. A marked and significant downregulation of mRNA for S1PR2 was also observed in BSM tissues of the diseased animals. In conclusion, S1P could augment the BSM contraction via activations of its JTE-013-sensitive receptor, probably S1PR2, and the RhoA/Rho-kinase signaling in normal mice. In BSMs of the repeatedly antigen-challenged mice, the expression level of S1PR2 was much decreased, resulting in a loss of the S1P-mediated contraction.
    Pharmacological Research 10/2010; 62(4):357-63. DOI:10.1016/j.phrs.2010.05.005 · 3.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recent investigations suggest an involvement of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) in the pathogenesis of allergic bronchial asthma. However, the role of S1P in the development of asthma is still controversial. Our aim was to investigate the effects of intranasal application of S1P on antigen-induced airway inflammation in a mouse model of allergic bronchial asthma. Male BALB/c mice were actively sensitized with ovalbumin antigen, and were repeatedly challenged with aerosolized antigen. Animals also received an intranasal administration of S1P (10-5 M, 20 µL) or its vehicle (1% methanol in sterile PBS, 20 µL) 30 min prior to each antigen challenge. Histological examinations of the lungs and determination of cell number in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluids (BALFs) were studied. The airway inflammation induced by antigen exposure was significantly augmented by the intranasal administration of S1P: the cell number in BALFs of the S1P-treated, antigen-challenged mice (S1P-Challenged, 48.9±4.8 x 10(4)/mL BALF) was significantly increased as compared with those of the vehicle-treated, antigen-challenged ones (Vehicle-Challenged, 26.3±5.7 x 10(4)/mL BALF, P<0.01). In mice, the intranasal administration of S1P might aggravate the antigen-induced airway inflammation.
    The Open Respiratory Medicine Journal 07/2010; 4(1):82-5. DOI:10.2174/1874306401004010082