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The transient receptor potential (TRP) channel TRPV2 is widely expressed in a variety of different cell types and tissues. However, elucidating the exact biological functions of TRPV2 is significantly hampered by the lack of selective pharmacological tools to modulate channel activity in vitro and in vivo. This study aimed to identify new compounds that modify TRPV2 activity via the use of a plate-based calcium imaging approach to screen a drug repurposing library. Three antihistaminic drugs, loratadine, astemizole and clemizole were identified to reduce calcium-influx evoked by the TRPV2 agonist tetrahydrocannabivarin in HEK293 cells expressing murine TRPV2. Using single-cell calcium-microfluorimetry and whole-cell patch clamp recordings, we further confirmed that all three compounds induced a concentration-dependent block of TRPV2-mediated Ca2+ influx and whole-cell currents, with loratadine being the most potent antagonist of TRPV2. Moreover, this study demonstrated that loratadine was able to block both the human and mouse TRPV2 orthologs, without inhibiting the activity of other closely related members of the TRPV superfamily. Finally, loratadine inhibited TRPV2-dependent responses in a primary culture of mouse endometrial stromal cells and attenuated cell proliferation and migration in in vitro cell proliferation and wound healing assays. Taken together, our study revealed that the antihistaminic drugs loratadine, astemizole and clemizole target TRPV2 in a concentration-dependent manner. The identification of these antihistaminic drugs as blockers of TRPV2 may form a new starting point for the synthesis of more potent and selective TRPV2 antagonists, which could further lead to the unravelling of the physiological role of the channel. Copyright © 2022. Published by Elsevier B.V.


Charlotte Van den Eynde, Katharina Held, Martina Ciprietti, Katrien De Clercq, Sara Kerselaers, Arnaud Marchand, Patrick Chaltin, Thomas Voets, Joris Vriens. Loratadine, an antihistaminic drug, suppresses the proliferation of endometrial stromal cells by inhibition of TRPV2. European journal of pharmacology. 2022 Aug 05;928:175086

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