ABSTRACT: β-Adrenoceptors are important mediators of smooth muscle relaxation in the urinary bladder, but the concomitant presence of a muscarinic agonist, e.g., carbachol, can attenuate relaxation responses by reducing potency and/or efficacy of β-adrenoceptor agonists such as isoprenaline. Therefore, the present study was designed to explore the subtypes and signalling pathways of muscarinic receptors involved in the attenuation of isoprenaline-induced isolated rat detrusor preparations using novel subtype-selective receptor ligands. In radioligand binding studies, we characterized BZI to be a M(3)-sparing muscarinic agonist, providing selective M(2) stimulation in rat bladder, and THRX-182087 as a highly M(2)-selective antagonist. The use of BZI and of THRX-182087 in the presence of carbachol enabled experimental conditions with a selective stimulation of only M(2) or M(3) receptors, respectively. Confirming previous findings, carbachol attenuated isoprenaline-induced detrusor relaxation. M(2)-selective stimulation partly mimicked this attenuation, indicating that both M(2) and M(3) receptors are involved. During M(3)-selective stimulation, the attenuation of isoprenaline responses was reduced by the phospholipase C inhibitor U 73,122 but not by the protein kinase C inhibitor chelerythrine. We conclude that both M(2) and M(3) receptors contribute to attenuation of β-adrenoceptor-mediated relaxation of rat urinary bladder; the signal transduction pathway involved in the M(3) component of this attenuation differs from that mediating direct contractile effects of M(3) receptors.
Archiv für Experimentelle Pathologie und Pharmakologie 09/2011; 384(6):555-63. · 2.65 Impact Factor