TRPM8 channel activation reduces the spontaneous contractions in human distal colon

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The transient receptor potential-melastatin 8 (TRPM8) is a non-selective Ca2+-permeablechannel, activated by cold, membrane depolarization, and different cooling compounds.TRPM8 expression has been found in gut mucosal, submucosal, and muscular nerve endings.Although TRPM8 plays a role in pathological conditions, being involved in visceral pain andinflammation, the physiological functions in the digestive system remain unclear as yet. The aims ofthe present study were: (i) to verify the TRPM8 expression in human distal colon; (ii) to examinethe effects of TRPM8 activation on colonic contractility; (iii) to characterize the mechanism ofaction. Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and western blotting were usedto analyze TRPM8 expression. The responses of human colon circular strips to different TRPM8agonists [1-[Dialkyl-phosphinoyl]-alkane (DAPA) 2–5, 1-[Diisopropyl-phosphinoyl]-alkane (DIPA)1–7, DIPA 1–8, DIPA 1–9, DIPA 1–10, and DIPA 1–12) were recorded using a vertical organ bath.The biomolecular analysis revealed gene and protein expression of TRPM8 in both mucosal andsmooth muscle layers. All the agonists tested, except-DIPA 1–12, produced a concentration-dependentdecrease in spontaneous contraction amplitude. The effect was significantly antagonized by5-benzyloxytryptamine, a TRPM8 antagonist. The DIPA 1–8 agonist resulted in the most efficaciousand potent activation among the tested molecules. The DIPA 1–8 effects were not affected bytetrodotoxin, a neural blocker, but they were significantly reduced by tetraethylammonium chloride,a non-selective blocker of K+ channels. Moreover, iberiotoxin, a blocker of the large-conductanceCa2+-dependent K+-channels, but not apamin, a blocker of small-conductance Ca2+-dependent K+channels, significantly reduced the inhibitory DIPA 1–8 actions. The results of the present studydemonstrated that TRPM8 receptors are also expressed in human distal colon in healthy conditionsand that ligand-dependent TRPM8 activation is able to reduce the colonic spontaneous motility,probably by the opening of the large-conductance Ca2+-dependent K+-channels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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