PMID: 10468734Sep 1, 1999Paper

Carbachol-induced sustained tonic contraction of rat detrusor muscle

BJU International
S J OhH Choi


To investigate the underlying contractile mechanism of the sustained tonic contraction (SuTC) induced by repetitive carbachol application in rat detrusor muscles. Longitudinal muscle strips with no mucosa were obtained from the anterior wall of the urinary bladder in 12-week-old Sprague-Dawley rats. Carbachol (5 micromol/L) was applied repetitively to induce SuTC. The carbachol-induced SuTC was assessed in the presence of various Ca2+-channel blockers and drugs affecting intracellular Ca2+ concentration. The first application of carbachol elicited a large phasic contraction followed by a tonic contraction (TC); the carbachol-induced contraction was completely reversed by washing out the solution. However, the initial phasic contraction was not reproduced after a second or further application of carbachol. There was consistently only a SuTC with no phasic contraction. The amplitude of the SuTC was 85% of the TC induced by the first carbachol application. The application of atropine (1 micromol/L) to the bath completely blocked SuTC. The carbachol-induced SuTC was insensitive to nicardipine (5 micromol/L) and extracellular polyvalent cations (1 mmol/L, La3+, Co2+, Cd2+, Ni2+ ). Moreover, a similar SuTC was induced even after the ...Continue Reading


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