Proteinase activated receptor 2 (PAR2) modulation of murine airway function

Kimberly Black, Andrew MacKenzie (Contributor), Lynette Dunning (Contributor), Anne Crilly (Contributor), Joanna Brzeszczyńska (Contributor), Lorcan McGarvey (Contributor), Keith Thornbury, C.S. Goodyear, John Lockhart (Contributor), Gary Litherland (Contributor)

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Hyperactivity, inflammation and hyperplasia/hypertrophy of airway smooth muscle (ASM) limit airflow and are key features of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Proteinase activated receptor-2 (PAR2) is a key modulator of inflammatory responses in respiratory disease such as asthma, and promotes ASM relaxation. However, the role of the receptor in ASM in conditions such as COPD is not well understood.

The aim of this study was to use immunohistochemistry and an ex vivo murine airway myograph assay to confirm the presence in murine lung of PAR2 as a functional airway modulator. 

PAR2 (detected using Alomone APR-32 antibody) was present on both murine airway and lung tissue. Following exposure to a disease relevant challenge (oxidative stress), PAR2 activation with trypsin (10 U ml-1), was observed to induce a higher relaxation in airway segments pre-contracted with acetylcholine (1 µM) using wire myography. Specifically, tracheal segments subjected to oxidative stress showed a significantly higher percentage relaxation (mean ± SEM; 53.8%±10.3%) compared with control (30.8%±7.9%; p=0.05; n=4). A higher percentage relaxation was also observed in bronchial segments (oxidative 55.1%±10.7% vs. control 33.9%±1.2%; p=0.07; n=4). The trypsin-induced relaxation was confirmed to be PAR2-dependent since relaxation to trypsin was significantly reduced in tracheal and bronchial tissue derived from PAR2-knockout mice. 

Taken together this data confirms that PAR2 is present and suggests the receptor contributes functionally to the modulation of ASM tone in mice.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2019
EventBritish Association for Lung Research Summer Meeting 2019: Lung Injury and Repair - Cambridge University, Selwyn College, Cambridge , United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Sept 201912 Sept 2019


ConferenceBritish Association for Lung Research Summer Meeting 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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