EphrinB2 induces pelvic-urethra reflex potentiation via Src kinase-dependent tyrosine phosphorylation of NR2B

Hsi Chin Wu, Chao Hsiang Chang, Hsien Yu Peng, Gin Den Chen, Cheng Yuang Lai, Ming Chun Hsieh, Tzer Bin Lin

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Abstract

Recently, the role of EphB receptor (EphBR) tyrosine kinase and their ephrinB ligands in painrelated neural plasticity at the spinal cord level have been identified. To test whether Src-family tyrosine kinase-dependent glutamatergic N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor NR2B subunit phosphorylation underlies lumbosacral spinal EphBR activation to mediate pelvic-urethra reflex potentiation, we recorded external urethra sphincter electromyogram reflex activity and analyzed protein expression in the lumbosacral (L 6-S2) dorsal horn in response to intrathecal ephrinB2 injections. When compared with vehicle solution, exogenous ephrinB2 (5 μg/rat it)-induced reflex potentiation, in associated with phosphorylation of EphB1/2, Src-family kinase, NR2B Y1336 and Y1472 tyrosine residues. Both intrathecal EphB1 and EphB2 immunoglobulin fusion protein (both 10 μg/rat it) prevented ephrinB2-dependent reflex potentiation, as well as protein phosphorylation. Pretreatment with PP2 (50 μM, 10 μl it), an Src-family kinase antagonist, reversed the reflex potentiation, as well as Src kinase and NR2B phosphorylation. Together, these results suggest the ephrinB2-dependent EphBR activation, which subsequently provokes Src kinase-mediated N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor NR2B phosphorylation in the lumbosacral dorsal horn, is crucial for the induction of spinal reflex potentiation contributing to the development of visceral pain and/or hyperalgesia in the pelvic area.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology
Volume300
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • N-methyl-D-aspartate
  • Pelvic pain
  • Src-family kinase
  • Urethra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Urology

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