Effect of bumetanide on toluene diisocyanate induced contractions in guinea pig airways

C. E. Mapp, A. Boniotti, A. Papi, C. A. Maggi, A. Di Stefano, M. Saetta, A. Ciaccia, L. M. Fabbri

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Background - The loop diuretic frusemide has been shown to inhibit the bronchoconstrictor response to exercise, inhaled allergen, distilled water, adenosine, and sodium metabisulphite. Toluene diisocyanate contracts smooth muscle by activating capsaicin sensitive nerves and causes asthma that shares many features with allergen induced asthma. Methods - The study was designed to assess the effect of two loop diuretics, bumetanide (10 and 100 μM) and frusemide (100 μM), on smooth muscle contraction induced by toluene diisocyanate (0.03-1000 μM) in guinea pig airways with and, in the case of bumetanide, without epithelium. The effect of bumetanide on the response to acetylcholine, neurokinin A, and electrical field stimulation in guinea pig bronchial smooth muscle rings was also examined. Results - Bumetanide (10 and 100 μM) had no effect on toluene diisocyanate induced contraction whether airway epithelium was present or not. Frusemide (100 μM) caused no significant inhibition of toluene diisocyanate induced contraction (mean reduction on the entire curve 25%). Bumetanide inhibited non-adrenergic, non-cholinergic contraction induced by electrical field stimulation of bronchi pretreated with atropine (1 μM) and indomethacin (5 μM) and this inhibition was inversely related to the frequency of stimulation, suggesting that bumetanide may be inhibiting transmitter release at the prejunctional level. Bumetanide and frusemide did not inhibit the responses to exogeneous acetylcholine (0.1 μM) or neurokinin A (1 nM). Conclusions - Bumetanide and frusemide in doses that are known to inhibit non-adrenergic, non-cholinergic contraction due to electrical field stimulation failed to inhibit the response to toluene diisocyanate in guinea pig airways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-67
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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