Gian P Franceschetti

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Bladder overactivity (OAB) is a chronic and debilitating lower urinary tract (LUT) disorder that affects millions of individuals worldwide. LUT symptoms associated with OAB, such as urgency and urinary incontinence, cause a hygienic and social concern to patients, but their current pharmacological treatment is largely inadequate due to the lack of(More)
We investigated whether in human isolated detrusor strips the atropine-resistant contractile response to electrical field stimulation was mediated by ATP (or a related purine), as previously shown in the urinary bladder of other mammalian species. Electrical stimulation (1-50 Hz for 5 s at 1 min intervals, 0.1 ms pulse width, 60 V) elicited reproducible,(More)
1. In strips of human isolated detrusor muscle, the 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) receptor (5-HT4) that mediates facilitation of neuromuscular cholinergic transmission was further characterized by using 5-HT and a series of ligands known for their 5-HT4 agonist (5-methoxytryptamine: 5-MeOT, cisapride, (R,S)-zacopride, BIMU 8) or antagonist (RS 23597, GR(More)
In human isolated detrusor strips, submaximal contractile responses evoked by electrical stimulation were resistant to hexamethonium (30 microM) and abolished by tetrodotoxin (0.6 microM) and hyoscine (1 microM), indicating the activation of postganglionic cholinergic nerves. In methysergide (1 microM) and ondansetron (3 microM) pretreated tissues,(More)
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