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The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of indomethacin alone and with phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitory agents (rolipram, theophylline) on the isolated trachea preparations from control and ovalbumin sensitized guinea-pigs. Adult male guinea-pigs, weighing 300-350 g, were randomly allocated to 2 experimental groups each consisting of 12 animals. Guinea-pigs were sensitized by i.m. injections of 0.35 ml of a 5% (w/v) ovalbumin/saline solution into each thigh (0.7 ml total) on days 1 and 4. Tissues were first contracted with a submaximal concentration of histamine (10(-6) M). We tested the effects of indomethacin (10(-7)-10(-4) M) on the resting tension and precontracted with histamine on the isolated trachea preparations from control and ovalbumin sensitized guinea-pigs. We also tested the effects of the rolipram, theophylline and isoproterenol isolated trachea preparations precontracted with histamine in indomethacin incubated or non-incubated groups. We found that the relaxant effects of rolipram and theophylline increased, but not of isoproterenol, in the presence of indomethacin in isolated trachea preparations precontracted from control and ovalbumin-sensitized guinea-pigs. In the presence of indomethacin there was no difference in relaxant responses between both groups. Therefore, we concluded that the increased relaxant responses may be due to inhibitor effect of this agent on PDE isoenzymes.


Coşkun Usta, Gülay Sadan, Başak Tuncel. The effect of the indomethacin on phosphodiesterase inhibitors mediated responses in isolated trachea preparations. Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and essential fatty acids. 2004 Sep;71(3):137-41

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PMID: 15253881

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