NO-releasing nanoparticles ameliorate detrusor overactivity in transgenic sickle cell mice via restored NO/ROCK signaling

Serkan Karakus, Biljana Musicki, Mahantesh S. Navati, Joel M. Friedman, Kelvin P. Davies, Arthur L. Burnett

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Abstract

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is associated with overactive bladder (OAB). Detrusor overactivity, a component of OAB, is present in an SCD mouse, but the molecular mechanisms for this condition are not well-defined. We hypothesize that nitric oxide (NO)/ ras homolog gene family (Rho) A/Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) dysregulation is a mechanism for detrusor overactivity and that NO-releasing nanoparticles (NO-nps), a novel NO delivery system, may serve to treat this condition. Male adult SCD transgenic, combined endothelial NO synthases (eNOSs) and neuronal NOS (nNOS) gene-deficient (dNOS2/2), and wild-type (WT) mice were used. Empty nanoparticle or NO-np was injected into the bladder, followed by cystometric studies. The expression levels of phosphorylated eNOS (Ser-1177), protein kinase B (Akt) (Ser-473), nNOS (Ser-1412), and myosin phosphatase target subunit 1 (MYPT1) (Thr-696) were assessed in the bladder. SCD and dNOS2/2 mice had a greater (P, 0.05) number of voiding and nonvoiding contractions compared with WT mice, and they were normalized by NO-np treatment. eNOS (Ser-1177) and AKT (Ser-473) phosphorylation were decreased (P, 0.05) in the bladder of SCD compared with WT mice and reversed by NO-np. Phosphorylated MYPT1, a marker of the RhoA/ROCK pathway, was increased (P, 0.05) in the bladder of SCD mice compared with WT and reversed by NO-np. nNOS phosphorylation on positive (Ser-1412) regulatory site was decreased (P, 0.05) in the bladder of SCD mice compared with WT and was not affected by NO-np. NO-nps did not affect any of the measured parameters in WT mice. In conclusion, dysregulation of NO and RhoA/ROCK pathways is associated with detrusor overactivity in SCD mice; NO-np reverses these molecular derangements in the bladder and decreases detrusor overactivity. SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT Voiding abnormalities commonly affect patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) but are problematic to treat. Clarification of the science for this condition in an animal model of SCD may lead to improved interventions for it. Our findings suggest that novel topical delivery of a vasorelaxant agent nitric oxide into the bladder of these mice corrects overactive bladder by improving deranged bladder physiology regulatory signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-219
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Volume373
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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