1. Electrical field stimulation (EFS) of circular strips of hamster proximal urethra caused frequency-dependent relaxations at raised tone. Phentolamine (10(-6) M), propranolol (10(-6) M) and atropine (10(-6) M) were present throughout the experiment. Neurogenic relaxation was attenuated by L-NG-nitroarginine methyl ester (L-NAME) (10(-4) M), was restored by L-arginine (3 x 10(-3) M) but not by D-arginine (3 x 10(-3) M) and completely blocked by tetrodotoxin (10(-6) M). Neurogenic relaxation was also reduced by suramin (10(-4) M) and totally blocked by suramin together with L-NAME. Strips of hamster urethra devoid of urothelium showed little, if any, relaxant response to EFS. 2. An immunohistochemical study showed nitric oxide synthase-immunoreactive nerves in the smooth muscle layers and in the lamina propria, just beneath the urothelium, but no nitric oxide synthase (NOS) staining in the urothelial layer. 3. Noradrenaline elicited a significantly greater contraction in strips without urothelium than in control strips. L-NAME (10(-4) M) did not affect noradrenaline-induced contraction in both control and urothelium-free strips. The contractile response to acetylcholine was not dependent on the presence or absence of urothelium. Nevertheless the response induced by exogenous acetylcholine (10(-3) M) was increased by L-NAME (10(-4) M), both in intact and in urothelium-free strips. 4. Prostaglandin E2 (10(-8)-5 x 10(-6) M) and 2-methyl-thio-ATP (10(-9)-10(-5) M) relaxed proximal urethra. Suramin (10(-4) M) significantly inhibited the relaxation induced by 2-methyl-thio-ATP. The amplitude of these responses was not significantly different between intact and urothelium-free strips and was not blocked by L-NAME (10(-4) M). 5. These results suggest that nitric oxide (NO) is the principal transmitter involved in the non-adrenergic, non-cholinergic (NANC) relaxation of hamster proximal urethra possibly together with another inhibitory transmitter released from nerves. NO can be released from nerves located in the circular smooth muscle layer and in the lamina propria rather than in the urothelium. The reduced neurogenic relaxation in urothelium-free preparations suggests that a NO-dependent inhibitory factor is released from the urothelium. In addition, ATP and prostaglandin E2 may be involved, together with NO, in the urethra during micturition.
A pharmacological and histochemical study of hamster urethra and the role of urothelium / C. Pinna, S. Ventura, L. Puglisi , G. Burnstock. - In: BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY. - ISSN 0007-1188. - 119:4(1996), pp. 655-662.
|Titolo:||A pharmacological and histochemical study of hamster urethra and the role of urothelium|
PINNA, CHRISTIAN (Primo)
|Parole Chiave:||Hamster urethra; NADPH diaphorase; Nitric oxide synthase; Non-adreneregic; Non-cholinergic inhibitory system; Urothelium|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/14 - Farmacologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1996|
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