Effect of indomethacin on airway contraction and the ...



Title Effect of indomethacin on airway contraction and the release of LTC4-like material
Author(s) John F. Burka
Journal Prostaglandins
Date 1985
Volume 29
Issue 4
Start page 529
End page 535
Abstract Ovalbumin (OA) and arachidonic acid (AA) were used to induce contractions of sensitized guinea-pig tracheal and lung preparations in the presence and absence of indomethacin. Leukotriene (LT)C4-like material released from these tissues was extracted from the bathing fluid and measured by radioimmunoassay. Challenge with either OA or AA induced release of LTC4-like material from both parenchyma and trachea, AA inducing a greater release than OA although OA induced greater contractions. This suggested that OA-induced the synthesis of other bronchoconstrictor compounds than LTC4. Although indomethacin enhanced OA- and AA-induced contractions of trachea, there was no enhancement of the release of LTC4-like material, suggesting enhancement by indomethacin was a result of the inhibition of the synthesis of prostaglandin E2 and not diversion of AA into the lipoxygenase pathway. Indomethacin had no effect on OA-induced contractions of parenchyma, but attenuated those induced by AA. Indomethacin had no modulatory effect on the release of LTC4-like material in the parenchyma. The results demonstrate that indomethacin does not result in increased synthesis of LTs in the airways.

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