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Eur J Pharmacol. 2005 Aug 22;518(2-3):195-202.

Involvement of cyclic AMP-dependent and -independent mechanisms in the relaxation of rat detrusor muscle via beta-adrenoceptors.

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Department of Urology, Fukushima Medical University, 1 Hikarigaoka, Fukushima, 960-1295, Japan.


We investigated the cAMP-dependent and -independent mechanisms of relaxation via beta-adrenoceptor in rat detrusor muscle with and without pre-contraction. A microdialysis technique was used to measure detrusor tension and cAMP level on the same detrusor tissue. In non-contracted tissue, isoproterenol, clenbuterol (beta2-adrenoceptor agonist) and FR165101, ((8S)-8-{[(2R)-2-(3-chlorophenyl)-2-hydroxyethyl]amino}-6,7,8,9-tetrahydro-5H-benzocyclohepten-2-yl)oxy]acetic acid hydrochloride (beta3-adrenoceptor agonist) relaxed detrusor muscle and cAMP levels also increased in a concentration dependent manner. SQ22536 (adenylyl cyclase inhibitor) markedly suppressed relaxation, suggesting that beta-adrenoceptor-mediated relaxation may be attributed mainly to cAMP-dependent mechanism. In high K+ pre-contracted tissue, although relaxation advanced in a concentration dependent manner, cAMP production reached a plateau at concentrations of more than 10(-7) M. SQ22536 had only a small inhibitory effect. However, large-conductance, Ca2+-activated K+ (BK(Ca)) channel inhibitors, charybdotoxin and iberiotoxin markedly suppressed relaxation. These results suggest that in addition to cAMP-dependent pathway, BK(Ca) channels are involved in the beta-adrenoceptor agonists-induced relaxation in pre-contracted detrusor muscle.

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