Thromboxane-induced pulmonary vasoconstriction: Involvement of calcium

I. S. Farrukh, J. R. Michael, W. R. Summer, N Franklin Adkinson, G. H. Gurtner

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Infusion of tert-butyl hydroperoxide (t-bu-OOH) or arachidonic acid into rabbit pulmonary arteries stimulated thromboxane B2 (TxB2) production and caused pulmonary vasoconstriction. Both phenomena were blocked by cyclooxygenase inhibitors or a thromboxane synthase inhibitor. The increase in pulmonary arterial pressure caused by either t-bu-OOH or arachidonic acid infusion correlated with the concentration of TxB2 in the effluent perfusate. The concentration of TxB2 in the effluent perfusate, however, was always 10-fold greater after arachidonic acid infusion. In the rabbit pulmonary vascular bed lipoxygenase products did not appear involved in the vasoactive response to t-bu-OOH or exogenous arachidonic acid infusion. Calcium entry blockers or a calcium-free perfusate prevented the thromboxane-induced pulmonary vasoconstriction. Calmodulin inhibitors also blocked the pulmonary vasoconstriction induced by t-bu-OOH without affecting the production of TxB2 or prostacyclin. These results suggest that thromboxane causes pulmonary vasoconstriction by increasing cytosol calcium concentration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-44
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Physiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Farrukh, I. S., Michael, J. R., Summer, W. R., Adkinson, N. F., & Gurtner, G. H. (1985). Thromboxane-induced pulmonary vasoconstriction: Involvement of calcium. Journal of Applied Physiology, 58(1), 34-44.