Journal article

K(Ca)3.1 Ca2 -Activated K channels regulate human airway smooth muscle proliferation

Malcolm C Shepherd, S Mark Duffy, Trudi Harris, Glenn Cruse, Michael Schuliga, Chris E Brightling, Craig B Neylon, Peter Bradding, Alastair G Stewart

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY | AMER THORACIC SOC | Published : 2007

Abstract

Airway smooth muscle cell hyperplasia contributes to airway remodeling and hyperreactivity characteristic of asthma. Changes to potassium channel activity in proliferating human airway smooth muscle (HASM) cells have been described, but no regulatory role in proliferation has been attributed to them. We sought to investigate the expression of the intermediate conductance calcium-activated potassium channel K(Ca)3.1 in HASM cells and investigate its role in proliferation. Smooth muscle cells derived from human airways were grown in vitro and K(Ca)3.1 channel expression was measured using Western blot, RT-PCR, and patch clamp electrophysiology. Pharmacologic inhibitors of the channel were used..

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