Effect of lipid raft disruption on TRPV1 receptor activation of trigeminal sensory neurons and transfected cell line

Éva Szoke, Rita Börzsei, Dániel Márton Tóth, Orsolya Lengl, Zsuzsanna Helyes, Zoltán Sándor, János Szolcsányi

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The transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) is a noxious heat-sensitive, chemonociceptive cation channel which is expressed in primary sensory neurons of polymodal nociceptors. The present study is devoted to analyse the role of lipid raft constituents in calcium influx evoked by various TRPV1 agonists on sensory neurons and on rTRPV1-transfected CHO cell line. Depletion of cholesterol by methyl β-cyclodextrin (MCD, 1-10 mM) diminished the percent of the calcium uptake response of cultured trigeminal neurons to capsaicin (100 nM) or resiniferatoxin (RTX, 3 nM). In contrast, in TRPV1-transfected cells the inhibition was observed only when capsaicin or N-oleoyldopamine (OLDA, 10 μM) was applied, but not when RTX, anandamide (AEA, 10 μM) or pH 5.5 was used for gating. The magnitude of Ca2+-transients evoked by capsaicin (330 nM) was also inhibited in both cell types. Treatment of rTRPV1-expressing cells with sphinomyelinase inhibited the capsaicin-evoked 45Ca-uptake leaving the RTX-induced response unchanged. On the other hand, in trigeminal neurons the effect of both compounds was inhibited by sphingomyelinase treatment. Inhibition of ganglioside biosynthesis by d-threo-1-Phenyl-2-decanoylamino-3-morpholino-1-propanol (D-PDMP, 10-20 μM) or myriocyn (5-50 nM) diminished similarly capsaicin- or RTX-evoked calcium uptake in both cultured trigeminal neurons and rTRPV1-expressing cells. The present study revealed that depletion of different constituents of lipid raft inhibited gating the TRPV1 cation channel by various vanilloid and non-vanilloid agents. Evidence for a supporting role of cholesterol, sphingomyelin and gangliosides were obtained both in native and TRPV1-transfected cells. Differential modulation of responses to capsaicin and RTX was often observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-74
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 25 2010


  • Capsaicin
  • Ganglioside
  • Methyl β-cyclodextrin
  • N-oleoyldopamine
  • Resiniferatoxin
  • Sphingomyelinase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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