Vasopressin-induced mouse urethral contraction is modulated by caveolin-1.

Jianwen Zeng, Mari Ekman, Mario Grossi, Daniel Svensson, Bengt-Olof Nilsson, Chonghe Jiang, Bengt Uvelius, Karl Swärd

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Caveolae are 50-100nm large invaginations in the cell membrane that are considered to play roles in receptor signaling. Here we aimed to investigate the expression and distribution of the arginine-vasopressin (AVP) V1a receptor and its functional dependence on caveolin-1 (Cav1) in the mouse urethra. Female Cav1 knockout (KO) and wild type (WT) mice were used, and urethral preparations were micro-dissected for mechanical experiments. Methyl-β-cyclodextrin (mβcd) was used to deplete cholesterol and to disrupt caveolae. Protein expression and localization was determined using immunofluorescence and western blotting and transcript expression was determined by qRT-PCR. We found that Cav1 and AVP V1a receptors were expressed in urethral smooth muscle cells with apparent co-localization at the cell membrane. AVP caused urethral contraction that was inhibited by the V1a receptor antagonist SR49059. Concentration-response curves for AVP were right-shifted and maximal contraction was reduced in Cav1 KO mice and after mβcd treatment. In addition to caveolin-1 we also detected caveolin-2, cavin-1 and cavin-3 in the mouse urethra by western blotting. Caveolin-2, cavin-1 and cavin-3 as well as V1a receptor expression was reduced in KO urethra. We conclude that AVP regulates urethral contractility via the V1a receptor through a Cav1-dependent mechanism involving, in part, altered V1a receptor expression.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-65
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • Pharmacology and Toxicology


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