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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 523640, 10 pages
Research Article

Relaxant Action of Plumula Nelumbinis Extract on Mouse Airway Smooth Muscle

1Institute for Medical Biology & Hubei Provincial Key Laboratory for Protection and Application of Special Plant Germplasmin Wuling Area of China, College of Life Sciences, South Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074, China
2College of Pharmacy, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074, China
3Lankenau Institute for Medical Research & Main Line Health Heart Center, 100 Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, PA 19096, USA
4Department of Medicine-Cardiology, Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
5National Laboratory of Biomacromolecules, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China

Received 27 October 2014; Accepted 24 December 2014

Academic Editor: Hyunsu Bae

Copyright © 2015 Li Tan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The traditional herb Plumula Nelumbinis is widely used in the world because it has many biological activities, such as anti-inflammation, antioxidant, antihypertension, and butyrylcholinesterase inhibition. However, the action of Plumula Nelumbinis on airway smooth muscle (ASM) relaxation has not been investigated. A chloroform extract of Plumula Nelumbinis (CEPN) was prepared, which completely inhibited precontraction induced by high K+ in a concentration-dependent manner in mouse tracheal rings, but it had no effect on resting tension. CEPN also blocked voltage-dependent L-type Ca2+ channel- (VDCC-) mediated currents. In addition, ACh-induced precontraction was also completely blocked by CEPN and partially inhibited by nifedipine or pyrazole 3. Besides, CEPN partially reduced ACh-activated nonselective cation channel (NSCC) currents. Taken together, our data demonstrate that CEPN blocked VDCC and NSCC to inhibit Ca2+ influx, resulting in relaxation of precontracted ASM. This finding indicates that CEPN would be a candidate of new potent bronchodilators.