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BK large conductance voltage-and calcium-activated potassium channels respond to elevations in intracellu-lar calcium and membrane potential depolarization, braking excitability of smooth muscle. BK channels are thought to have a particularly prominent role in urinary bladder smooth muscle function and therefore are candidate targets for overactive bladder(More)
Tetrodotoxin (TTX)-resistant sodium channels are found in small diameter primary sensory neurons and are thought to be important in the maintenance of inflammatory pain. Here we examined bladder urodynamics of Nav1.9 voltage-gated sodium channel knock out (KO) mice, and the contribution of Nav1.9 to the development of inflammation-based bladder dysfunction.(More)
Potassium channels play an important role in controlling the excitability of urinary bladder smooth muscle (UBSM). Here we describe the biophysical, pharmacological and molecular properties of the mouse UBSM voltage-gated K+ current (IK(V)). The IK(V) activated, deactivated and inactivated slowly with time constants of 29.9 ms at +30 mV, 131 ms at -40 mV(More)
Small-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (SK) channels play an important role in regulating the frequency and in shaping urinary bladder smooth muscle (UBSM) action potentials, thereby modulating contractility. Here we investigated a role for the SK2 member of the SK family (SK1-3) utilizing: 1) mice expressing beta-galactosidase (beta-gal) under the(More)
Voltage-gated K(+) channels (Kv) play a critical role in regulating arterial tone by modulating the membrane potential of vascular smooth muscle cells. Our previous work demonstrated that the dominant 4-aminopyridine (4-AP)-sensitive, delayed rectifier Kv current of rabbit portal vein (RPV) myocytes demonstrates similar 4-AP sensitivity and biophysical(More)
Previously we have shown that the transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) channel regulates urinary bladder function, and that TRPV4 is expressed in both smooth muscle and urothelial cell types within the bladder wall.(1) Urothelial cells have also been suggested to express TRPV1 channels.(2) Therefore, we enzymatically isolated guinea-pig(More)
Urinary bladder smooth muscle (UBSM) elicits depolarizing action potentials, which underlie contractile events of the urinary bladder. The resting membrane potential of UBSM is approximately -40 mV and is critical for action potential generation, with hyperpolarization reducing action potential frequency. We hypothesized that a tonic, depolarizing(More)
Smooth muscle (SM) is essential to all aspects of human physiology and, therefore, key to the maintenance of life. Ion channels expressed within SM cells regulate the membrane potential, intracellular Ca2+ concentration, and contractility of SM. Excitatory ion channels function to depolarize the membrane potential. These include nonselective cation channels(More)
The molecular identity of vascular delayed rectifier K(+) channels (K(DR)) is poorly characterized. Inhibition by 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) of K(DR) of rabbit portal vein (RPV) myocytes was studied by patch clamp and compared with that of channels composed of Kv1.5 and/or Kv1.2 subunits cloned from the RPV and expressed in mammalian cells. 4-AP block of K(DR)(More)
(BK) channel Erectile dysfunction in mice lacking the large-conductance calcium-activated potassium spontaneous bladder contractions during postnatal development Smooth muscle and neural mechanisms contributing to the downregulation of neonatal rat including high-resolution figures, can be found at: Updated information and services respective cells and(More)
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