Collagen prolyl 4-hydroxylase is up-regulated in an acute bladder outlet obstruction

Sang Don Lee, Cem Akbal, Rosalia Miseeri, Chaeyong Jung, Richard Rink, Martin Kaefer

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Objective: Compliance is primarily related to extracellular matrix deposition, and prolyl 4-hydroxylase (P4Hs) plays a critical role in the synthesis of the matrix. To study the alteration of P4Hs, under the influence of variable hydrostatic pressure, a novel pressure device was used to expose human bladder smooth muscle cells (HBSMC) and fibroblasts (HBF) to pressures in the physiologic range. We then studied acute obstructed porcine bladder tissues to see if changes can also be seen after in-vitro obstruction. Materials and methods: HBSMC and HBF were exposed to pressures at 0, 20 and 40 cmH2O for up to 72 h. In-vivo studies were carried out next, using six normal (control) and five obstructed porcine bladders. Pigs were exposed to a consistent hydrostatic pressure of ≤20 cm for 24 h after ligation of the urethra. We used 2-DE to compare protein profiling of HBSMC under normal and increased pressures. Other analyses were used to detect molecular alteration and altered expression of mRNA for P4Hs. Results: We identified 437 proteins from 476 spots (91.8%) obtained from HBSMC that were differentially expressed under normal and increased pressures. Under increased pressure, 48 unique proteins were significantly increased or decreased, and a prominent protein regulating extracellular matrix synthesis highly correlated with P4Hs. The exposure of both HBSMC and HBF to a sustained hydrostatic pressure resulted in the increased expression of P4Hs in a time- and pressure-dependent manner. In vivo, P4Hs expression was also significantly increased in the obstructed group. Conclusions: P4Hs is up-regulated, in the human bladder, time and pressure dependently. The alteration of P4Hs over a short period may significantly influence the synthesis of extracellular matrix in vivo and lead to decreased compliance. Our results also support the concept that bladder outlet obstruction, with resultant pressures of 40 cmH2O or less, results in molecular changes consistent with decreased compliance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-232
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pediatric Urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2006


  • Bladder outlet obstruction
  • Bladder smooth muscle
  • Prolyl 4-hydroxylase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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