Prostaglandin Receptor EP1 and EP2 Site in Guinea Pig Bladder Urothelium and Lamina Propria

Mohammad Sajjad Rahnama'i*, Gommert A. van Koeveringe, Paul B. Essers, Stefan G. G. de Wachter, Jan de Vente, Philip E. V. A. Van Kerrebroeck, James I. Gillespie

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Purpose: Urothelium has 2 main functions. It is a barrier to urine and has a sensory role. In response to stretch urothelium releases various substances that modulate afferent nerve activity. Recent data on the localization of cyclooxygenase type 1, the enzyme responsible for prostaglandin production, suggests that prostaglandin may have complex local action.. Materials and Methods: The bladders of 7 guinea pigs were stained for prostaglandin receptors type 1 and 2, and costained for vimentin and cyclooxygenase I. Results: Prostaglandin receptor type 1 staining was seen in urothelial cells and in the suburothelium. Urothelial staining, which was often punctuate and weak, was detected in all urothelial cell layers, including suburothelial cells. In contrast, strong prostaglandin receptor type 2 staining was seen in the urothelium and in suburothelial cells. Cyclooxygenase I was absent in interstitial cells and umbrella cells with the highest concentration in the basal cell layer. Conclusions: Interstitial cells express prostaglandin receptor types 1 and 2, indicating that they can respond to prostaglandin. Umbrella cells do not express cyclooxygenase I. Cyclooxygenase I was present in basal urothelial cells, making them a possible site of prostaglandin synthesis. Thus, prostaglandin produced by urothelium may target prostaglandin receptor types 1 and 2 in the urothelium and suburothelium. Therefore prostaglandin is hypothesized to have a role in signal regulation in the bladder wall.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1241-1247
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • urinary bladder
  • urothelium
  • receptors
  • prostaglandin
  • cyclooxygenase 1
  • guinea pigs

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