Co-administration of sodium hydrosulfide and tadalafil modulates hypoxia and oxidative stress on bladder dysfunction in a rat model of bladder outlet obstruction

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Yilmaz-Oral D., Kaya-Sezginer E., Asker H., GÜR S.

International braz j urol : official journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology, vol.48, no.6, pp.971-980, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Copyright® by the International Brazilian Journal of Urology.PURPOSE: This study aimed to assess the possible healing effect of combination treatment with a hydrogen sulfide (H2S) donor, sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS) plus tadalafil on partial bladder outlet obstruction (PBOO)-induced bladder dysfunction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 75 male Sprague-Dawley rats aged 10-wk and 300-350g were divided into five groups; control; PBOO; PBOO+NaHS (5.6mg/kg/day, i.p., 6-wk); PBOO+tadalafil (2mg/kg/day, oral, 6-wk) and PBOO+NaHS+tadalafil. PBOO was created by partial urethral ligation. 6 weeks after obstruction, the in vitro contractile responses of the detrusor muscle and Western blotting, H2S and malondialdehyde assay were performed in bladder tissues. RESULTS: There was an increase in bladder weight(p<0.001) and a decrease in contractile responses to KCL(p<0.001), carbachol(p<0.01), electrical field stimulation(p<0.05) and ATP (p<0.001) in the detrusor smooth muscle of obstructed rats which was normalized after the combination treatment. Cystathionine γ-lyase and cystathionine β-synthase, and nuclear factor kappa B protein levels did not significantly differ among groups. The obstruction induced decrement in 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfur transferase protein expression(p<0.001) and H2S levels(p<0.01) as well as increment in protein expressions of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (NO, p<0.001), endothelial NOS (p<0.05), inducible NOS(p<0.001), hypoxia-inducible factor 1-alpha (p<0.01), and malondialdehyde levels (p<0.01), when combined treatment entirely normalized. CONCLUSIONS: Combination therapy has beneficial effects on bladder dysfunction via regulating both H2S and nitric oxide pathways as well as downregulation of oxidative stress and hypoxia. The synergistic effect of H2S and nitric oxide is likely to modulate bladder function, which supports the combined therapy for enhancing clinical outcomes in men with BPH/LUTS.