The Cough Receptor TRPV1 Agonists 15(S)-HETE and LTB4 in the Cough Response to Hypertonicity

Author(s): Heikki Koskela, Minna Purokivi, Riina Nieminen, Eeva Moilanen

Journal Name: Inflammation & Allergy - Drug Targets (Discontinued)
(Formerly Current Drug Targets - Inflammation & Allergy)

Volume 11 , Issue 2 , 2012


Asthmatic patients are hypersensitive to the cough-provoking effect of hypertonic aerosols. 15- hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (15(S)-HETE) and leukotriene (LT) B4 are asthma-related mediators which can be released upon hypertonic stimuli, and both are potent agonists of the transient receptor potential vanilloid subfamily member 1 (TRPV1), a major cough receptor. Therefore, they are potential mediators for hypertonicity-provoked cough.

Twenty-six asthmatic and ten healthy subjects underwent a hypertonic saline cough provocation test. Exhaled breath condensate was collected before and after the test, and the concentrations of 15(S)-HETE and LTB4 were analysed.

Neither the baseline concentrations of these mediators nor the saline test-induced changes in them were associated with cough responsiveness to hypertonicity. High baseline 15(S)-HETE was associated with aspirin hypersensitivity and high LTB4 with male sex and large variability in ambulatory peak flow measurements.

The TRPV1 agonists 15(S)-HETE and LTB4 seem not to be involved in the cough response to hypertonicity in asthmatic patients.

Keywords: 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid, asthma, chronic cough, cough mechanisms, hypertonic saline, leukotriene B4, TRPV1, hypertonicity, Cough Provocation Test, Cough Receptor

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Year: 2012
Page: [102 - 108]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/187152812800392814
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