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Rat neutrophils express the mRNA encoding for transient receptor potential (TRP) V1. However, capsaicin-stimulated [Ca2+]i elevation occurred only at high concentrations (≥100 μM). This response was substantially decreased in a Ca2+-free medium. Vanilloids displayed similar patterns of Ca2+ response with the rank order of potency as follows: scutigeral>resiniferatoxin>capsazepine>capsaicin=olvanil>isovelleral. Arachidonyl dopamine (AAD), an endogenous ligand for TRPV1, failed to desensitize the subsequent capsaicin challenge. Capsaicin-induced Ca2+ response was not affected by 8-bromo-cyclic ADP-ribose (8-Br-cADPR), the ryanodine receptor blocker, but was slightly attenuated by 1-[6-[17β-3-methoxyestra-1,3,5(10)-trien-17-yl]amino]hexyl]-1H-pyrrole-2,5-dione (U-73122), the inhibitor of phospholipase C-coupled processes, 1-[β-[3-(4-methoxyphenyl)propoxy]-4-methoxyphenethyl]-1H-imidazole (SKF-96365), the blocker of receptor-gated and store-operated Ca2+ (SOC) channels, 2-aminoethyldiphenyl borate (2-APB), the blocker of D-myo-inositol 1,4,5-trisphospahte (IP3) receptor and Ca2+ influx, and by ruthenium red, a blocker of TRPV channels, and enhanced by the Ca2+ channels blocker, cis-N-(2-phenylcyclopentyl)azacyclotridec-1-en-2-amine (MDL-12330A) and Na+-deprivation. In addition, capsaicin had no effect on the plasma membrane Ca2+-ATPase activity or the production of nitric oxide (NO) and reactive oxygen intermediates (ROI) or on the total thiols content. Capsaicin (≥100 μM) inhibited the cyclopiazonic acid (CPA)-induced store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE). In the absence of external Ca2+, the robust Ca2+ entry after subsequent addition of Ca2+ was decreased by capsaicin in CPA-activated cells. Capsaicin alone increased the actin cytoskeleton, and also increased the actin filament content in cell activation with CPA. These results indicate that capsaicin activates a TRPV1-independent non-SOCE pathway in neutrophils. The reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton is probably involved in the capsaicin inhibition of SOCE.