Journal of Anesthesia

, 23:620

Desflurane induces airway contraction mainly by activating transient receptor potential A1 of sensory C-fibers

  • Jun-Ichi Satoh
  • Michiaki Yamakage
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s00540-009-0786-8

Cite this article as:
Satoh, JI. & Yamakage, M. J Anesth (2009) 23: 620. doi:10.1007/s00540-009-0786-8


We previously reported that desflurane induced airway contraction via antidromic tachykinin release from sensory C-fibers. Here, we investigated the effect of desflurane on airway lung resistance (RL) using specific receptor antagonists in C-fibers. Young guinea pigs were anesthetized and their tracheas were cannulated with an endotracheal tube via a tracheotomy. A Fleisch pneumotachograph and a differential transducer were used to monitor respiratory flow rate, intrapleural pressure, and airway pressure, and RL was calculated and recorded. A transient receptor potential A1 (TRPA1) or a transient receptor potential V1 (TRPV1) selective antagonist of sensory C-fibers, i.e., HC030031 or BCTC, was administered before the exposure to desflurane. In an additional experiment, tachykinin receptor of airway smooth muscles was antagonized only by the neurokinin-2 receptor antagonist MEN-10376 before the exposure to desflurane. HC030031 completely inhibited both the first and the second contractile responses induced by desflurane, whereas BCTC had little effect. MEN-10376 also significantly and substantially diminished the contractile response. Desflurane contracts the airway in untreated guinea pigs mainly by activating irritant gas receptor TRPA1 of afferent C-fibers, resulting in the release of contractile tachykinins such as neurokinin A.

Key words

DesfluraneLung resistanceTransient receptor potential A1Afferent C-fiber

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© Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jun-Ichi Satoh
    • 1
  • Michiaki Yamakage
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologySapporo Medical University School of MedicineSapporoJapan