Conscious voiding during bladder obstruction in guinea pigs correlates with contractile activity of isolated bladders

Sarah Nicholas, Lauren Keightley, Simon Brookes, Marcello Costa, Ian Gibbins, Vladimir Zagorodnyuk

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    Purpose: There are many hypotheses accounting for detrusor overactivity; however, the exact mechanisms are still incompletely understood. We used a model of bladder outlet obstruction in male guinea pigs as a way to produce detrusor overactivity. The objective was to determine whether changes in voiding of obstructed guinea pigs correlates with specific changes in contractile activity of their isolated bladders in vitro. Material and methods: Conscious voiding activity of sham-operated and obstructed animals was measured in metabolic cages. Contractile activity (spontaneous or evoked by distension, electrical field stimulation or cholinergic agonists) was recorded via a pressure transducer in the isolated bladders in vitro. Results: The frequency of conscious voiding increased (while voiding volume decreased) in the obstructed group, compared with the sham-operated group, 4. weeks after surgical intervention. In comparison to the sham-operated animals, the bladders from the obstructed guinea pigs were enlarged and inflamed, their frequency of spontaneous contractions was higher, while the amplitudes of electrical field stimulation (EFS)-induced contractions and bladder compliance were lower. Changes in conscious voiding during obstruction were significantly associated with alterations in structural parameters (bladder weight, thickness and histological damage score) and functional contractile parameters (frequency of spontaneous contractions, amplitude of EFS-induced contractions and bladder compliance) of their isolated bladders. Conclusions: Our findings revealed significant association between conscious voiding and structural and contractile activity changes of the isolated bladders in obstruction. The data suggest that change in contractile activity of the bladder itself is a major contributor to obstruction-induced bladder overactivity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)74-83
    Number of pages10
    JournalAutonomic Neuroscience-Basic and Clinical
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


    • Bladder
    • Contraction
    • Obstruction
    • Overactivity
    • Smooth muscle


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