Energy turnover and lactate dehydrogenase activity in detrusor smooth muscle from rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes

Anders Arner, Ulf Malmqvist, A Osterman, Bengt Uvelius

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Force generation and tissue glucose metabolism were measured in the urinary bladder smooth muscle from rats with streptozotocin-induced diabetes (7-8 wk duration). Bladder wet wt was almost 4-fold higher in the diabetic animals compared with the untreated controls. Morphological analysis showed that the growth was associated with hypertrophy of the smooth muscle component in the bladder wall. Force generation of isolated bladder strip preparations was measured in vitro at different ambient oxygen tensions. Activation of intramural nerves, with electrical field stimulation, induced contractions that were unaffected by reduction of oxygen tension down to PO2 100 mmHg for both control and diabetic muscle strips. At zero PO2 force was reduced by approximately 10-20%, in both groups. High-K+ solution induced 'tonic' contractions that were slightly more inhibited by lowering PO2. At intermediate PO2 (between 100 and 20 mmHg) the diabetic muscle gave slightly higher force. At zero PO2 no significant difference could be detected between strips from control and diabetic animals. Oxygen consumption and lactate production in the preparations were determined at a PO2 of 290 mmHg and related to the volume of smooth muscle. At zero PO2, lactate formation increased 3- to 4-fold. The metabolic tension cost was lower at zero PO2. No differences in basal and contraction related metabolic rates could be detected between the two groups under normoxic and anoxic conditions. The maximal activity of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) determined in tissue samples was about 2-fold higher in the diabetic bladder muscle.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-383
JournalActa Physiologica Scandinavica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1993

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Physiology
  • Urology and Nephrology


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