Computer-assisted three-dimensional tracking of sensory innervation in the murine bladder mucosa with two-photon microscopy

Anna Schueth*, Bart Spronck, Marc A. M. J. van Zandvoort, Gommert A. van Koeveringe

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Abstract

A strong association between functional bladder disorders and bladder sensation is well-known, with a relationship between malfunctioning detrusor muscle and abnormal sensation arising from the sub-urothelium and the lamina propria (LP), has been suggested. However, the exact underlying pathophysiology of these bladder disorders is not completely understood. Therefore, it is important to gain knowledge on sensory innervation of the urinary bladder in order to understand the neural network function in healthy and diseased bladder. In the present study we aim at the development of a computer-assisted method for 3D-tracking of sensory innervation in the murine bladder mucosa using two-photon laser scanning microscopy (TPLSM). TPLSM was performed on 10 fixed, stained (CGRP) bladder samples in both the trigone and dome. Nerve tracking was performed in subvolumes (6.3 ± 2.9 106 μm3; median ± IQR) of 22 stacks with determining total nerve length, nerve segment lengths, curviness, straightness, and locations of branching and ending points in the lamina propria (LP). The results show that the highest concentration of afferent fibres was found at the urothelium-LP interface. Nerve curviness, a presumed indicator of nerve activity, showed an equal value throughout the complete LP. We found a significantly higher median nerve segment length in the LP of the trigone and significantly more curved nerves in the dome of the bladder. This indicates an adaptation to, or an involvement in the detection of, bladder volume changes. Conclusively, we successfully developed a computer-assisted method for 3D tracking of sensory nerve fibres in the LP of the murine bladder wall.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
Volume85
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 3D microscopy
  • 3D nerve tracking
  • lamina propria
  • mice
  • urinary bladder

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