The effect of sildenafil citrate on bladder outlet obstruction: A mouse model

Department of Surgery, Section of Urology, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ, USA.
BJU International (Impact Factor: 3.53). 12/2008; 104(2):252-6. DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2008.08324.x
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To investigate if sildenafil citrate can inhibit the functional and structural changes of the detrusor in a murine model of bladder outlet obstruction (BOO). Phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE-5) inhibitors have recently been used for treating urinary symptoms associated with prostatic obstruction, but it is unclear whether PDE-5 inhibition acts on the prostatic urethra or the bladder.
In 18 male Balb/CAN mice, partial BOO was created and the mice allowed to survive for 6 weeks. Half of the mice (nine) were treated with oral sildenafil citrate daily (10 mg/kg) by oral lavage (BOO + V), and half (nine) were not (BOO). Six mice were used as sham-operated controls and received no sildenafil. The mice were assessed by urodynamics at baseline and after 6 weeks, with a measurement of volume at first uninhibited non-voiding contraction (V(DO1)), bladder capacity (BC), and detrusor pressure during void (Pdet). At 6 weeks, bladders were harvested, fixed and sectioned, and stained with haematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and trichrome stain. Detrusor muscle hypertrophy and fibrosis were evaluated on a scale of 1 (decreased) to 3 (increased), by two urologists and one pathologist unaware of the treatment group; the results were compared with those from normal controls.
BOO mice had a significantly greater BC than control mice, with a mean (SD) of 153 (66) vs 58 (13) microL (P = 0.004). Treatment with sildenafil did not significantly alter BC. BOO caused an increase in Pdet compared to controls, with a mean (SD) of 25 (7) vs 12 (5) cm H2O. P(det) was not significantly different after treatment with sildenafil. The median V(DO1) as a percentage of BC was significantly lower in BOO than in control mice (20% vs 53%, P > 0.03) and increased significantly after sildenafil treatment (20% vs 44%, P = 0.04). BOO was associated with a greater bladder weight than in control mice, with a mean (SD) of 89 (32) vs 27 (6) mg (P = 0.001), which was decreased with sildenafil treatment, to 40 (14) vs 89 (32) mg (P = 0.013). BOO caused an increase in detrusor muscular hypertrophy vs control mice, with a median H&E score of 3 vs 2 (P = 0.01) and an increase in fibrosis vs control mice, with a median trichrome score of 3 vs 2 (P = 0.01). BOO + V mice had reduced muscular hypertrophy and fibrosis, with a median H&E score of 3 vs 2 (P = 0.01) and a median trichrome score of 3 vs 1 (P = 0.01).
BOO mediates both functional and structural changes in the mouse bladder. Six weeks of obstruction caused an increase in BC, detrusor overactivity and voiding pressure, and mediated an increase in bladder weight, detrusor muscle hypertrophy and collagen deposition in the lamina propria and smooth muscle. Treatment with 6 weeks of oral sildenafil beginning at the time of BOO prevented the increase in detrusor overactivity without affecting voiding pressures, and prevented the increase in detrusor muscle hypertrophy and collagen deposition that otherwise occurred with BOO. It appears therefore that sildenafil citrate acts on the bladder rather than on the outlet.

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