2019 年 40 巻 4 号 p. 145-152
We investigated the mechanisms by which propiverine hydrochloride influenced bladder activity in rats with pelvic venous congestion (PC) and urinary frequency. To create PC rats, female rats were anesthetized with isoflurane and the bilateral common iliac veins and bilateral uterine veins were ligated. At 4 weeks after ligation, we assessed voiding behaviour, locomotor activity, and urinary 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) and nitric oxide metabolites (NOx). We also performed cystometry and measured mRNAs for nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and several receptors in the bladder wall. PC rats showed a decrease in locomotor activity and an increased frequency of urination. There was a decrease in endothelial NOS (eNOS), M3, and TRPV1 mRNA expression in the bladder wall, as well as an increase in inducible NOS (iNOS) mRNA. Administration of propiverine to PC rats increased locomotor activity to the level in sham rats, improved bladder function, decreased urinary 8-OHdG excretion, and increased urinary NOx excretion. In addition, propiverine increased neuronal NOS (nNOS) mRNA expression, and decreased expression of iNOS, M3 and TRPV1 mRNA in the bladder wall. Therefore, propiverine not only improved bladder dysfunction through its previously reported actions (anti-muscarinic effect, Ca antagonist effect, and inhibition of noradrenaline re-uptake), but also by reducing inflammation.