Using intracellular microelectrodes, we investigated whether exogenous dibutyryl adenosine 3 ′,5′-cyclic monophosphate (DBcAMP) or forskolin influenced the electrical effects of tetraethylammonium (TEA) on canine tracheal smooth muscle. We found that 20 mM TEA depolarized airway smooth muscle cells from a resting membrane potential (Em) of -59 +/- 4 mV (mean +/- SD) to -45 +/- 2 mV and caused spontaneous action potentials (AP's) to develop, which were 33 +/- 2 mV in amplitude. These were totally abolished in 0 Ca2+ solution. DBcAMP (1 mM) suppressed the development of this TEA-induced electrical activity and the phasic contractions electrically coupled to it. DBcAMP had no significant effect on Em in the absence of TEA however. Forskolin (1 microM) produced similar effects. Our findings suggest that Ca2+ is the principal ion responsible for the inward current associated with the TEA-induced AP's in airway smooth muscle, and that adenosine 3′,5′-cyclic monophosphate may suppress the electrogenesis of this current.
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