Butylidenephthalide blocks potassium channels and enhances basal tension in isolated guinea-pig trachea

Hsin Te Hsu, You Lan Yang, Wan Chen Chen, Chi Ming Chen, Wun-Chang Ko

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Butylidenephthalide (Bdph, 30300 M), a constituent of Ligusticum chuanxiong Hort., significantly enhanced tension in isolated guinea-pig trachea. In this study, we investigate the mechanism(s) of Bdph-induced contraction in the tissue. Isolated trachea was bathed in 5 mL of Krebs solution containing indomethacin (3 M), and its tension changes were isometrically recorded. Cromakalim (3 M), an ATP-dependent K+ channel opener, significantly antagonized the Bdph-induced enhancement of baseline tension. Bdph (300 M) also significantly antagonized cromakalim-induced relaxation. Bdph (300 M) did not significantly influence the antagonistic effects of glibenclamide (GBC, 1 M) and tetraethylammonium (TEA, 8 mM) against the cromakalim-induced relaxation. However, Bdph (300 M) and 4-aminopiridine (4-AP, 5 mM), a blocker of K v1 family of K+ channels, in combination significantly rightward shifted the log concentration-relaxation curve of cromakalim. The antagonistic effect of the combination almost equals the sum of the individual effects of Bdph and 4-AP, suggesting that the antagonistic mechanism of Bdph may be similar to that of 4-AP. All calcium channel blockers influenced neither the baseline tension nor antagonistic effect of Bdph against cromakalim. In conclusion, Bdph may be similar to 4-AP, a blocker of Kv1 family of K+ channels, to enhance the baseline tension of guinea-pig trachea.

Original languageEnglish
Article number875230
JournalBioMed Research International
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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