The mechanism of action of leukotrienes C4 and D4 in guinea-pig isolated perfused lung and parenchymal strips of guinea pig, rabbit and rat

P J Piper, M N Samhoun


The biological actions of pure slow-reacting substance of anaphylaxis (SRS-A) from guinea-pig lung, pure slow-reacting substance (SRS) from rat basophilic leukaemia cells (RBL-1) and synthetic leukotrienes C4 (LTC4) and D4 (LTD4) have been investigated on lung tissue from guinea pig, rabbit and rat. In the guinea pig, the leukotrienes released cyclo-oxygenase products from the perfused lung and contracted strips of parenchyma. The effects of SRS-A, SRS and LTD4 were indistinguishable. LTC4 and LTD4 had similar actions although LTD4 was more potent than LTC4. Indomethacin (1 microgram/ml) inhibited the release of cyclo-oxygenase products from perfused guinea-pig lung and caused a marked reduction in contractions of guinea-pig parenchymal strips (GPP) due to LTC4 and LTD4. The residual contraction of the GPP was abolished by FPL 55712 (0.5 - 1.0 microgram/ml). It appears, therefore, that a major part of the constrictor actions of LTC4 and LTD4 in guinea-pig lung are mediated by myotropic cyclo-oxygenase products, i.e. thromboxane A2 (TxA2) and prostaglandins (PGs). In rabbit and rat lung, however, SRS-A, SRS and the leukotrienes were much less potent in contracting parenchymal strips and there was little evidence of the release o...Continue Reading


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Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death.