The aim of this work was to give an evidence of the likely presence of interstitial cells in the canine lower urinary tract and to study their possible interactions with the musculature and the intramural innervation. Cryosections of normal canine bladder and urethra were immunofluorescently labelled with c-kit, a transmembrane, tyrosine kinase growth factor receptor, known to be expressed on the interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) of the gut. The relationship with antiactin positive smooth muscle cells and PGP9.5-positive intramural innervation was also investigated by confocal microscopy. Anti-c-kit labelling demonstrated a network of elongated and branched c-kit positive cells, which were located in interstitial spaces, oriented in parallel to the smooth muscle bundles that form the bladder muscular layer, irrespective of dog sex. Cells with a similar localization were also PAS- and NADPHdiaphorase-positive. A contact between c-kit immunofluorescent cells and intramural innervation was demonstrated, too. The roles of interstitial cells might include regulation of smooth muscle activity of the bladder detrusor, integrating neuronal signalsduring urine storage and voiding.
Identification of C-kit-positive interstitial cells in the dog lower urinary tract and relationship with smooth muscle and nerves : Hypotheses for a likely pacemaker role / S. Arrighi, G. Bosi, D. Groppetti, F. Cremonesi. - In: VETERINARY MEDICINE INTERNATIONAL. - ISSN 2042-0048. - 2010:Article ID 981693(2010).
|Titolo:||Identification of C-kit-positive interstitial cells in the dog lower urinary tract and relationship with smooth muscle and nerves : Hypotheses for a likely pacemaker role|
ARRIGHI, SILVANA (Primo)
BOSI, GIAMPAOLO (Secondo)
GROPPETTI, DEBORA (Penultimo)
CREMONESI, FAUSTO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Interstitial cells ; lower urinary tract ; intramural innervation ; bladder ; canine|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore VET/01 - Anatomia degli Animali Domestici|
Settore VET/10 - Clinica Ostetrica e Ginecologia Veterinaria
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.4061/2010/981693|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|
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