Effects of RQ-00434739, a Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin 8 (TRPM8) channel antagonist, on deep body temperature and on bladder function in rats

Aizawa N1, Ohshiro H2, Watanabe S2, Kume H3, Igawa Y1

Research Type

Basic Science / Translational

Abstract Category


Abstract 51
Basic Science: Pharmacology
Scientific Podium Short Oral Session 5
Wednesday 29th August 2018
11:30 - 11:37
Hall B
Basic Science Pharmacology Physiotherapy Animal Study
1. Department of Continence Medicine, The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan, 2. RaQualia Pharma Inc., Nagoya, Japan,, 3. Department of Urology, The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Naoki Aizawa



Hypothesis / aims of study
TRPM8 is a non-selective cation channel having multiple modes of activation such as cold (<28 degrees celsius) and chemical agents (icilin and menthol), and has been widely expressed in urothelial cells, in sensory nerve fibers within the urothelium and suburothelium of the bladder, and in L6 dorsal root ganglia (DRG) of the rat, and also in the urothelial cells of the human bladder [1]. Because TRPM8 channels have thermal sensitivity, it is possible that drugs acting on TRPM8 can influence body temperature. In fact, hypothermic effects of TRPM8 antagonist have been demonstrated in rats [2], which may be an unfavorable effect for clinical development. RQ-00434739 (RQ) was newly developed as a potent and selective antagonist for TRPM8, and its selectivity for TRPM8 channel is more than 100-fold against other ion channels (TRPA1, TRPV1, TRPM2, Nav1.3, Nav1.5, Nav1.7, Cav2.2 and Cav3.2) [3]. To disclose the physiological role of TRPM8 channel in the bladder and to explore the possibility of RQ as a therapeutic target for bladder sensory disorders, we examined effects of RQ on deep body temperature and on bladder function including the in vivo primary bladder single-unit afferent activities (SAAs) in rats.
Study design, materials and methods
Thirty-four female Sprague-Dawley rats were used. The effect of RQ on deep body temperature (intrarectal temperature) was evaluated with intravenous (i.v.) administration of RQ (1 mg/kg) or its vehicle under urethane-anesthesia (1.2 g/kg intraperitoneally). Effects of RQ (1 mg/kg, i.v.) on bladder function were investigated using SAA and cystometry (CMG) measurements during saline-instillation (6 ml/hour). In the SAA measurements, rats were anesthetized with urethane (1.2 g/kg, intraperitoneally) and the SAAs recorded from the left L6 dorsal root were classified by conduction velocity (2.5 m/second) as Aδ- or C-fibers by electrical stimulation of the left pelvic nerve and by bladder distention. In the CMG measurements, 4 days after bladder catheterization, measurements were performed in a conscious free-moving condition, and CMG parameters were analysed before and after drug-administrations for 1 hour in each.
RQ did not affect deep body temperature (Figure 1). In the CMG measurements (N = 6 in each group), mean voided volume was significantly increased after RQ administration (before-administration: 1.39 ± 0.16 ml, after-administration: 1.69 ± 0.10 ml), but such increased response was not seen with vehicle administration. In the SAA measurements, 16 single afferent fibers (n = 8 in each fiber) were isolated from 13 rats. SAAs of C-fibers, but not of Aδ-fibers, were significantly decreased after RQ administration (Figure 2).
Interpretation of results
RQ (1 mg/kg), of which dose did not influence body temperature, significantly increased mean voided volume and inhibited SAAs of C-fibers during saline-instillation. These results suggest that RQ, a novel TRPM8 antagonist, has an inhibitory effect on the physiological bladder sensory activation via supressing mechanosensitive C-fibers in rats. These results are in line with those of a previous study by measuring ex vivo afferent activities [2].
Concluding message
The present results demonstrated that RQ, a novel TRPM8 antagonist, increases mean voided volume and inhibits activity of bladder mechanosensitive C-fiber without affecting body temperature. RQ may be a promising drug for the treatment of bladder sensory disorders.
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Funding Research grant from RaQualia Pharma Inc. Clinical Trial No Subjects Animal Species Rat Ethics Committee Animal Ethics Committee, The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine