Novel mechanism of hydrogen sulfide-induced guinea pig urinary bladder smooth muscle contraction

Role of BK channels and cholinergic neurotransmission

Vítor S. Fernandes, Wenkuan Xin, Georgi Petkov

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Abstract

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a key signaling molecule regulating important physiological processes, including smooth muscle function. However, the mechanisms underlying H2S-induced detrusor smooth muscle (DSM) contractions are not well understood. This study investigates the cellular and tissue mechanisms by which H2S regulates DSM contractility, excitatory neurotransmission, and large-conductance voltage- and Ca2+-acti-vated K+ (BK) channels in freshly isolated guinea pig DSM. We used a multidisciplinary experimental approach including isometric DSM tension recordings, colorimetric ACh measurement, Ca2+ imaging, and patch-clamp electrophysiology. In isolated DSM strips, the novel slow release H2S donor, P-(4-methoxyphenyl)-p-4-morpholinylphos-phinodithioic acid morpholine salt (GYY4137), significantly increased the spontaneous phasic and nerve-evoked DSM contractions. The blockade of neuronal voltage-gated Na+ channels or muscarinic ACh receptors with tetrodotoxin or atropine, respectively, reduced the stimulatory effect of GYY4137 on DSM contractility. GYY4137 increased ACh release from bladder nerves, which was inhibited upon blockade of L-type voltage-gated Ca2+ channels with nifedipine. Furthermore, GYY4137 increased the amplitude of the Ca2+ transients and basal Ca2+ levels in isolated DSM strips. GYY4137 reduced the DSM relaxation induced by the BK channel opener, NS11021. In freshly isolated DSM cells, GYY4137 decreased the amplitude and frequency of transient BK currents recorded in a perforated whole cell configuration and reduced the single BK channel open probability measured in excised inside-out patches. GYY4137 inhibited spontaneous transient hyperpolarizations and depolarized the DSM cell membrane potential. Our results reveal the novel findings that H2S increases spontaneous phasic and nerve-evoked DSM contractions by activating ACh release from bladder nerves in combination with a direct inhibition of DSM BK channels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)C107-C116
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Volume309
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 2015

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Large-Conductance Calcium-Activated Potassium Channels
Hydrogen Sulfide
Muscle Contraction
Synaptic Transmission
Cholinergic Agents
Smooth Muscle
Guinea Pigs
Urinary Bladder
Smooth Muscle Myocytes
Physiological Phenomena
Muscle Tonus
Muscle Relaxation
Electrophysiology
Tetrodotoxin
Cholinergic Receptors
Muscarinic Receptors
Nifedipine
GYY 4137
Atropine
Membrane Potentials

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  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology

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