Here, we tested the hypothesis that animals with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) display increased sensitivity to vascular permeability induced by activation of store-operated calcium entry. To test this hypothesis, wild-type and transient receptor potential channel 4 (TRPC4) knockout Fischer 344 rats were given a single injection of Semaxanib (SU5416; 20 mg/kg) followed by 3 wk of exposure to hypoxia (10% oxygen) and a return to normoxia (21% oxygen) for an additional 2–3 wk. This Semaxanib/hypoxia/normoxia (i.e., SU5416/hypoxia/normoxia) treatment caused PAH, as evidenced by development of right ventricular hypertrophy, pulmonary artery medial hypertrophy, and occlusive lesions within precapillary arterioles. Pulmonary artery pressure was increased fivefold in Semaxanib/hypoxia/normoxia-treated animals compared with untreated, Semaxanib-treated, and hypoxia-treated controls, determined by isolated perfused lung studies. Thapsigargin induced a dose-dependent increase in permeability that was dependent on TRPC4 in the normotensive perfused lung. This increase in permeability was accentuated in PAH lungs but not in Semaxanib- or hypoxia-treated lungs. Fluid accumulated in large perivascular cuffs, and although alveolar fluid accumulation was not seen in histological sections, Evans blue dye conjugated to albumin was present in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of hypertensive but not normotensive lungs. Thus PAH is accompanied by a TRPC4-dependent increase in the sensitivity to edemagenic agents that activate store-operated calcium entry.
- canonical transient receptor potential 4
- calcium channels
- Sugen 5416
- filtration coefficient
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