Heat Shock-Related Protein 20 Peptide Decreases Human Airway Constriction Downstream of β2-Adrenergic Receptor.

Banathy A, Cheung-Flynn J, Goleniewska K, Boyd KL, Newcomb DC, Peebles RS, Komalavilas P
Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2016 55 (2): 225-33

PMID: 26909644 · PMCID: PMC4979360 · DOI:10.1165/rcmb.2015-0139OC

Severe bronchospasm refractory to β-agonists is a challenging aspect of asthma therapy, and novel therapeutics are needed. β-agonist-induced airway smooth muscle (ASM) relaxation is associated with increases in the phosphorylation of the small heat shock-related protein (HSP) 20. We hypothesized that a transducible phosphopeptide mimetic of HSP20 (P20 peptide) causes relaxation of human ASM (HASM) by interacting with target(s) downstream of the β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR) pathway. The effect of the P20 peptide on ASM contractility was determined in human and porcine ASM using a muscle bath. The effect of the P20 peptide on filamentous actin dynamics and migration was examined in intact porcine ASM and cultured primary HASM cells. The efficacy of the P20 peptide in vivo on airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) was determined in an ovalbumin (OVA) sensitization and challenge murine model of allergic airway inflammation. P20 peptide caused dose-dependent relaxation of carbachol-precontracted ASM and blocked carbachol-induced contraction. The β2AR inhibitor, (±)-1-[2,3-(dihydro-7-methyl-1H-inden-4-yl)oxy]-3-[(1-methylethyl)amino]-2-butanol hydrochloride (ICI 118,551), abrogated isoproterenol but not P20 peptide-mediated relaxation. The P20 peptide decreased filamentous actin levels in intact ASM, disrupted stress fibers, and inhibited platelet-derived growth factor-induced migration of HASM cells. The P20 peptide treatment reduced methacholine-induced AHR in OVA mice without affecting the inflammatory response. These results suggest that the P20 peptide decreased airway constriction and disrupted stress fibers through regulation of the actin cytoskeleton downstream of β2AR. Thus, the P20 peptide may be a potential therapeutic for asthma refractory to β-agonists.

MeSH Terms (22)

Actins Adrenergic beta-2 Receptor Antagonists Allergens Animals Bronchial Hyperreactivity Carbachol Cell Movement Constriction HSP20 Heat-Shock Proteins Humans Inflammation Lung Mice Muscle, Smooth Muscle Contraction Muscle Relaxation Myocytes, Smooth Muscle Ovalbumin Peptides Receptors, Adrenergic, beta-2 Stress Fibers Sus scrofa

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