Histamine activates H1-receptors to induce cytosolic free calcium transients in cultured vascular smooth muscle cells from rat aorta

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1986 Feb 26;135(1):172-7. doi: 10.1016/0006-291x(86)90958-7.


Using an intracellularly trapped dye, quin 2, the effects of histamine on cytosolic free calcium concentrations in rat aortic vascular smooth muscle cells in primary culture were recorded, microfluorometrically. When the cells were exposed to histamine, both in the presence and the absence of extracellular Ca2+, there was a rapid, transient and dose-dependent elevation of cytosolic Ca2+ concentrations, with a similar time course. This elevation of cytosolic Ca2+ was dose-dependently inhibited by mepyramine, but not by cimetidine. Thus, histamine activates H1- but not H2- receptors to mediate a release of Ca2+ from the store sites, and there is a rapid and transient elevation of cytosolic Ca2+.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aminoquinolines
  • Animals
  • Calcium / metabolism*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cimetidine / pharmacology
  • Cytosol / metabolism
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Histamine / metabolism*
  • Histamine / pharmacology
  • Kinetics
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / metabolism*
  • Pyrilamine / pharmacology
  • Rats
  • Receptors, Histamine / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Histamine H1 / metabolism*


  • Aminoquinolines
  • Receptors, Histamine
  • Receptors, Histamine H1
  • Cimetidine
  • Histamine
  • Quin2-acetoxymethyl ester
  • Pyrilamine
  • Calcium