Bradykinin stimulates bronchial epithelial cells to release neutrophil and monocyte chemotactic activity

S. Koyama, S. I. Rennard, R. A. Robbins

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In the present investigation, we evaluated the potential of bradykinin (BK), histamine, and serotonin to induce the release of neutrophil and monocyte chemotactic activity (NCA and MCA) from bronchial epithelial cells (BEC). BK significantly stimulated BEC to release NCA and MCA in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Histamine weakly but significantly induced the release of both NCA and MCA in a similar fashion. Serotonin did not stimulate BEC. Checkerboard analysis showed that the NCA and MCA released in response to BK were chemotactic. Molecular-sieve column chromatography by Sephadex G-75 revealed that BK induced a single low-molecular-weight peak (~400 Da) for both NCA and MCA. The releases of NCA and MCA in response to BK and histamine were inhibited by lipoxygenase inhibitors (P < 0.01). The released NCA was inhibited by leukotriene B4 (LTB4) receptor antagonist (P < 0.01) and was slightly inhibited by platelet-activating factor receptor antagonist. LTB4 was increased in BK-stimulated BEC supernatant (P < 0.01). BK B2-receptor antagonist attenuated the release of NCA and MCA. These data suggest that BK and histamine may stimulate BEC to release NCA and MCA and may modulate neutrophil and monocyte recruitment into the airways in patients with asthma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L38-L44
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number1 13-1
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • leukotriene B
  • platelet-activating factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Cell Biology


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