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Release of beta-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide upon stimulation of postganglionic nerve terminals in blood vessels and urinary bladder.

Chemical signaling in autonomic neuromuscular transmission involves agents that function as neurotransmitters and/or neuromodulators. Using high performance liquid chromatography techniques with fluorescence and electrochemical detection we observed that, in addition to ATP and norepinephrine (NE), electrical field stimulation (EFS, 4-16 Hz, 0.1-0.3 ms, 15 V, 60-120 s) of isolated vascular and non-vascular preparations co-releases a previously unidentified compound with apparent nucleotide or nucleoside structure. Extensive screening of more than 25 nucleotides and nucleosides followed by detailed peak identification revealed that beta-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (beta-NAD) is released in tissue superfusates upon EFS of canine mesenteric artery (CMA), canine urinary bladder, and murine urinary bladder in the amounts of 7.1 +/- 0.7, 26.5 +/- 4.5, and 15.1 +/- 3.2 fmol/mg of tissue, respectively. Smaller amounts of the beta-NAD metabolites cyclic adenosine 5'-diphosphoribose (cADPR) and ADPR were also present in the superfusates collected during EFS of CMA (2.5 +/- 0.9 and 5.8 +/- 0.8 fmol/mg of tissue, respectively), canine urinary bladder (1.8 +/- 0.5 and 9.0 +/- 6.0 fmol/mg of tissue, respectively), and murine urinary bladder (1.4 +/- 0.1 and 6.2 +/- 2.4 fmol/mg of tissue, respectively). The three nucleotides were also detected in the samples collected before EFS (0.2-1.6 fmol/mg of tissue). Exogenous beta-NAD, cADPR, and ADPR (all 100 nm) reduced the release of NE in CMA at 16 Hz from 27.8 +/- 6.0 fmol/mg of tissue to 15.5 +/- 5.0, 12 +/- 3.0, and 10.0 +/- 4.0 fmol/mg of tissue, respectively. In conclusion, we detected constitutive and nerve-evoked overflow of beta-NAD, cADPR, and ADPR in vascular and non-vascular smooth muscles, beta-NAD being the prevailing compound. These substances modulate the release of NE, implicating novel nucleotide mechanisms of autonomic nervous system control of smooth muscle.[1]


  1. Release of beta-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide upon stimulation of postganglionic nerve terminals in blood vessels and urinary bladder. Smyth, L.M., Bobalova, J., Mendoza, M.G., Lew, C., Mutafova-Yambolieva, V.N. J. Biol. Chem. (2004) [Pubmed]
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