Ca2+ entry via α1G and TRPV4 channels differentially regulates surface expression of P-selectin and barrier integrity in pulmonary capillary endothelium

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  • Pulmonary vascular endothelial cells express a variety of ion channels that mediate Ca2+ influx in response to diverse environmental stimuli. However, it is not clear whether Ca2+ influx from discrete ion channels is functionally coupled to specific outcomes. Thus we conducted a systematic study in mouse lung to address whether the α1G T-type Ca2+ channel and the transient receptor potential channel TRPV4 have discrete functional roles in pulmonary capillary endothelium. We used real-time fluorescence imaging for endothelial cytosolic Ca2+, immunohistochemistry to probe for surface expression of P-selectin, and the filtration coefficient to specifically measure lung endothelial permeability. We demonstrate that membrane depolarization via exposure of pulmonary vascular endothelium to a high-K+ perfusate induces Ca2+ entry into alveolar septal endothelial cells and exclusively leads to the surface expression of P-selectin. In contrast, Ca2+ entry in septal endothelium evoked by the selective TRPV4 activator 4α-phorbol-12,13- didecanoate (4α-PDD) specifically increases lung endothelial permeability without effect on P-selectin expression. Pharmacological blockade or knockout of α1G abolishes depolarization-induced Ca2+ entry and surface expression of P-selectin but does not prevent 4α-PDD-activated Ca2+ entry and the resultant increase in permeability. Conversely, blockade or knockout of TRPV4 specifically abolishes 4α-PDD-activated Ca2+ entry and the increase in permeability, while not impacting depolarization-induced Ca2+ entry and surface expression of P-selectin. We conclude that in alveolar septal capillaries Ca2+ entry through α1G and TRPV4 channels differentially and specifically regulates the transition of endothelial procoagulant phenotype and barrier integrity, respectively. Copyright © 2009 the American Physiological Society.
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  • Wu S; Jian MY; Xu YC; Zhou C; Al-Mehdi AB; Liedtke W; Shin HS; Townsley MI
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  • 297
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  • 4