When control is lost: Studying the interactions of ATP and acetylcholine in the urinary bladder

The inner lining of the bladder, known as the urothelium, triggers the reflex controlling urination.

The inner lining of the bladder, known as the urothelium, not only serves as a passive barrier but also triggers the reflex controlling urination (the micturition reflex). The neurotransmitter ATP released from the stretched urothelium activates the bladder afferent nerves and evokes the release of acetylcholine that substantially contributes to the contractile response. Prof Gunnar Tobin from the University of […]

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