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Unravelling the intravenous and in situ vasopressin effects on the urinary bladder in anesthetized female rats: More than one vasopressin receptor subtype involved?

Journal article
Authors Luiz A da Silva
Itatiana F Rodart
Barbara do Vale
Janaina S de Souza
Bruno B Antonio
Daniel P Venancio
Gisele Giannocco
Patrik Aronsson
Monica A Sato
Published in European journal of pharmacology
Volume 834
Pages 109-117
ISSN 1879-0712
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Pharmacology
Pages 109-117
Language en
Subject categories Pharmacology


Urinary bladder dysfunctions show high prevalence in women. We focused to investigate the intravenous and in situ (topic) vasopressin effects on the bladder and also to characterize the vasopressin receptor subtypes in the bladder. Adult female Wistar rats anesthetized with isoflurane underwent to the cannulation of the femoral artery and vein, and also urinary bladder for mean arterial pressure, heart rate and intravesical pressure (IP) recordings, respectively. Doppler flow probe was placed around the renal artery for blood flow measurement. After baseline recordings, intravenous injection of saline or vasopressin at different doses (0.25, 0.5, 1.0 ng/ml/kg of b.w.); or 0.1 ml of saline or 0.1 ml of vasopressin at different doses (0.25, 0.5, 1.0 ng/ml) was randomly dropped on the bladder. In another group of rats, the UB was harvest for gene expression by qPCR and also for protein expression by Western blotting of the vasopressin receptor subtypes. We observed that either intravenous or in situ vasopressin evoked a huge increase in the IP in a dose-dependent manner compared to saline, whilst no differences were observed in the cardiovascular parameters. The genes and the protein expression of V1a, V1b and V2 vasopressin receptors subtypes were found in the bladder. Intravenous injection of V1a or V2 receptor antagonist evoked a huge fall in IP and 30 min later, i.v or in situ vasopressin evoked responses on IP were significantly attenuated. Therefore, intravenous or in situ vasopressin increases the IP due to binding in V1a or V2 receptors localized in the bladder.

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