Abstract Title:

Electronic Cigarette Vapor with Nicotine Causes Airway Mucociliary Dysfunction Preferentially via TRPA1 Receptors.

Abstract Source:

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019 Jun 7. Epub 2019 Jun 7. PMID: 31170808

Abstract Author(s):

Samuel Chung, Nathalie Baumlin, John S Dennis, Robert Moore, Sebastian F Salathe, Phillip L Whitney, Juan Sabater, William M Abraham, Michael D Kim, Matthias Salathe

Article Affiliation:

Samuel Chung


RATIONALE: Electronic cigarette (e-cig) use has been widely adopted under the perception of safety. However, possibly adverse effects of e-cig vapor in never-smokers are not well understood.

OBJECTIVES: Effects of nicotine-containing e-cig vapors on airway mucociliary function were tested in differentiated human bronchial epithelial cells (HBECs) isolated from never-smokers and in the airways of a novel, ovine large animal model.

METHODS: Mucociliary parameters were measured in HBECs and in sheep. Systemic nicotine delivery to sheep was quantified using plasma cotinine levels, measured by ELISA.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: In vitro, exposure to e-cig vapor reduced airway surface liquid hydration and increased mucus viscosity of HBECs in a nicotine-dependent manner. Acute nicotine exposure increased intracellular calcium levels, an effect primarily dependent on transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1). TRPA1 inhibition with A967079 restored nicotine-mediated impairment of mucociliary parameters including mucus transport in vitro. Sheep tracheal mucus velocity (TMV), an in vivo measure of mucociliary clearance, was also reduced by e-cig vapor. Nebulized e-cig liquid containing nicotine also reduced TMV in a dose-dependent manner and elevated plasma cotinine levels. Importantly, nebulized A967079 reversed the effects of e-cig liquid on sheep TMV.

CONCLUSIONS: Our findings show that inhalation of e-cig vapor causes airway mucociliary dysfunction in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, they suggest that the main nicotine effect on mucociliary function is mediated by TRPA1 and not nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

Study Type : Animal Study, In Vitro Study

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