β 2 -Adrenoceptor agonists reduce the decline of rat diaphragm twitch force during severe hypoxia

H. F. M. van der Heijden, L. M. A. Heunks, H. Folgering, C. L. A. van Herwaarden, P. N. R. Dekhuijzen

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to investigate the in vitro effects of the short-acting beta2-adrenoceptor agonist salbutamol and the long-acting beta2-adrenoceptor agonist salmeterol on hypoxia-induced rat diaphragm force reduction. In vitro diaphragm twitch force (Pt) and maximal tetanic force (Po) of isolated diaphragm muscle strips were measured for 90 min during hyperoxia (tissue bath PO2 83.8 +/- 0.9 kPa and PCO2 3.9 +/- 0.1 kPa) or severe hypoxia (PO2 7.1 +/- 0.3 kPa and PCO2 3.9 +/- 0.1 kPa) in the presence and absence of 1 microM salbutamol or 1 microM salmeterol. During hyperoxia, salbutamol and salmeterol did not significantly alter the time-related decreases in Pt and Po (to approximately 50% of initial values). Salbutamol had no effects on Po or the Pt-to-Po ratio. Salmeterol treatment significantly reduced Po and increased the Pt-to-Po ratio during hyperoxia (P <0.05 compared with control value). Hypoxia resulted in a severe decrease in Pt (to approximately 30% of initial value) and Po after 90 min. Both salbutamol and salmeterol significantly reduced the decline in Pt during hypoxia (P <0.05). The reduction in Po was not prevented. Salbutamol increased Pt rapidly but transiently. Salmeterol had a delayed onset of effect and a longer duration of action. Addition of 1 microM propranolol (a nonselective beta-adrenoceptor antagonist) did not alter Pt, Po, or the Pt-to-Po ratio during hypoxia but completely blocked the inotropic effects of salbutamol and salmeterol, indicating that these effects are dependent on beta2-adrenoceptor agonist-related processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L474-L480
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Volume276
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2017

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